Melina has had a lifelong passion for movement and pushing the body to its limits. She dedicated over twenty years of her life to pursing a career as a dancer and choreographer, and has since transitioned to her love of open water swimming and competitive multi-sport events.
As a professional dancer and choreographer, Melina began studying Pilates in 1997. In addition to a Pilates certification, Melina holds a BA in dance from Bard College where she was awarded the Don Parker Scholarship for developing most as a performer, is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage Bodywork and is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist. Melina has extensive training and experience in Myofascial Release and Pre and Post Natal Pilates and Massage Therapy. In her pursuit of anatomical knowledge and increased expertise as a manual therapist, she has studied neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, structural integration, gait training, osteoporosis protocols, craniosacral therapy, clinical cupping, Gua Sha, Kinesio Taping and, most recently, a course in treating the multisport athlete. Since 2006 Melina has worked closely with Function First Physical Therapy and has extensive clinical experience working with clients following, and in conjunction with, physical therapy. She works with a very broad range of clients including high level athletes, runners, triathletes, professional dancers, women through pregnancy and people recovering from numerous chronic and acute orthopedic injuries.
Currently, Melina is training for and competing in Olympic and Half Ironman distance Triathlons as well as open water swimming events. Melina will provide you with the highest quality of individualized care in order to help you achieve your highest level of fitness and physical health.
CERTIFICATIONS + CLINICAL SKILLS
BA in Dance from Bard College
Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage + Bodywork
NY State Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Level 2 Myofascial Massage Therapist
Certificate in Medical Massage Therapy
Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified Gyrotonic Teacher
Certificate in Treating the Multi-Sport Athlete
Certificate in Trigger Point Therapy
Certificate in Prenatal Massage Therapy
Certificate in Prenatal Pilates