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 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 this work 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, 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, Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition from Bowling Green State University, and Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with emphases in international liberal arts, dance and music studies.
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, leading to more dynamic sensory motor functioning, better organization and alignment, increased learning ability, enhanced performance, and a greater overall sense of well-being.