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Melanie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2003

Welcome to the wonderful world of Pilates! I am so glad you have decided to learn about this movement approach and how it can help you feel stronger and more aligned.

I have been teaching Pilates and movement for 20+ years. With a background in professional dance and a specialty in rehabilitative Pilates, I assure you there is nothing stopping us from having a great session. I have extensive training in modifications for various needs including back pain, pre-post surgery conditions and pre-post natal programs. I have worked with many different clientele, from athletes to rehabilitative clients, body-workers to professionals musicians as well as wheel-chair bound individuals.

My emphasis as a teacher/educator is to train you to understand how your body works and help you learn to move with less pain and freedom. We will work on small muscle recruitment, range of motion, proper alignment and coordination to give you the best possible body you can have.

I like to use a variety of other modalities such as body rolling, fascia release techniques, Gyrokinesis, yoga and Brain Gym to be able to help my clients move in the best way they can. Pilates is always the foundation but after years of movement ,different actions are sometimes needed to provide the best outcome.

I am also a mom with two small boys and know the struggles of motherhood and body care so I am able to connect to mamas searching for pelvic floor help as well as general strengthening for a future pregnancy and birth or post-pardum needs.

I run my own online Pilates business so if you are looking for someone with extensive experience, both in the studio and online I am your instructor. I will listen, acknowledge and compliment your current state and your future goals.

I look forward to working with you!

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Experience

Owner, Creator
Jan 2017 - Present
The Nourished Body, Online Pilates and Integrated Movement Studio

I am the owner of The Nourished Body Online Pilates and Integrated Movement Studio. I teach privates, semi-privates and classes. LIVE and online.

Master Trainer and Studio Manager
Sep 2015 - Nov 2017
McEntire Pilates

Master Trainer and Studio Manager. Teaching and array of privates and classes as well as Instructor workshops. Presenter and performer at the McEntire Pilates Summit.

Director and Pilates Specialist Department of Dance
Aug 2009 - Dec 2014
Loyola Marymount University, Loss Angeles

Head of the Pilates program in the LMU Dance Department. In charge of both conditioning dance majors and rehabilitating injured dancers while in the program. Also taught Ballet and Modern to dance majors and minors.

Master Pilates Trainer
Jun 2009 - Sep 2013
Angel City Body Kinetics

Master Trainer. Taught privates and classes. Was under the mentor-ship of Marie-Jose Blom (a master in the field) and co-worked with her on several Pilates Training courses and manuals.


Education

Master of Fine Arts, Dance
Aug 2007 - Jun 2009
University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Arts, Dance
Aug 1996 - Jun 2000
Oakland University

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Certified Perinatal Training
Jan 2016
Honey, Professional Perinatal Center

Yoga Tune-Up Practioner
Feb 2014
Yoga Tune-Up

A certification to use the Yoga Tune-up Body Rolling Method.

Certified Pilates Teacher Training Program
May 2005
Integrated Teacher Training, A Body of Work, San Francisco

Full certification on mat and all Pilates apparati.

Awards

Professional Alumni Achievement Award
Apr 2014
Oakland University

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Sacrum and Tailbone Saver
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