Melissa Ayres, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® and National Academy of Sports Medicine-Certified Personal Trainer, was born into a family of professional performing artists who used The Feldenkrais Method® to improve the attention to their work and physical flow on the stage. Her teaching style is informed by over twenty years of teaching somatic practices in the performing arts with a background in fitness, wellness, dance, and voice/musical training. Melissa provides both a scientific understanding and an intuitive sense of the body and how it works. She takes each student’s individual abilities into account while facilitating the group learning process in a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere. She has taught extensively across diverse populations and settings throughout New York and California since 1996, including the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, The Jewel Theatre and Acting School, The Phoenix Theatre, Cole Valley Fitness, and BrasArte World Dance Center. She has enjoyed teaching at LINES SF Dance Center since 2012, and joined the LINES BFA Dance Program at Dominican University as adjunct faculty nutrition instructor in Fall 2015. She holds a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from New York University where she also completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics, and a Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition from Bowling Green State University. Her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with emphases in international liberal arts, dance and music studies was through the San Francisco State University Dance Department, World College West, and New College of California.
The Feldenkrais Method® helps participants to discover habitual movement patterns and to explore options for comfort and efficiency in motion. The benefits of practicing these lessons include improved balance, stability, coordination, flexibility, as well as prevention of and recovery from chronic stress injury. This approach also addresses healthy relationships between the neuro-muscular, skeletal, and respiratory systems with improved self-perception and sensory motor function, better organization and alignment, increased learning ability, enhanced performance, and a greater overall sense of well-being.