Melissa Ayres Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® 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, The Phoenix Theatre, and Cole Valley Fitness. 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 an emphasis in international dance and music studies. She has studied ballet with Kathy Mata, Augusta Moore, Orches Dance, and at Nova Academy, as well as modern techniques at San Francisco State University. She performs regularly with the La Peña Community Chorus, and is a disciple of North Indian Classical Music.
The Feldenkrais Method® helps participants to discover habitual movement patterns and to explore options for increased comfort and efficiency in motion, for the purpose of improved balance, stability, coordination, flexibility, as well as prevention of and recovery from chronic stress injury. It also addresses the relationships between the health of neuro-muscular, skeletal, and respiratory systems with improved self-perception, leading to more dynamic sensory motor functioning, improved organization and alignment, increased learning ability, enhanced performance, and a greater overall sense of well-being.