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Melissa Ayres, MPH, NASM CPT

San Francisco, CA 94103

Objectives: To support the wellness and technique development of performing artists and fitness enthusiasts across the life cycle, and to guide individuals toward their personal goals for a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle...Accomplished Nutritionist with expertise in nutrition care planning, counseling, education, and program development. Dynamic consultant, adviser and educator with an extensive background and depth across a wide range of nutrition services and interventions; possesses training and experience in traditional medical models and deeply rooted in holistic perspectives. Notable success in program development, implementation and management as well as health policy and advocacy leadership. Collaborative approach focused on promoting science-based nutrition, fitness, health and wellness. Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® since 1996. Instructor and curriculum designer of group classes and workshops of Feldenkrais®/ Awareness Through Movement® since 1994. NASM CPT as of January 2015.

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About Me


  • Master's Degree, Public Health Nutrition, New York University
  • Post Secondary Certificate, Food And Nutrition, Bowling Green State University
  • BA, Humanities, World College West/New College of California
  • BS, Didactic Program in Dietitics, New York University

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Feldenkrais® - Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
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CPR Certified

AHA-Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED

AED Certified

AHA-Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED

Liability Insurance

  • HPSO

Melissa's Locations


1901 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

Alonzo King's Lines Ballet/San Francisco Dance Center

26 Seventh Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Fitness SF / SOMA

1001 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Additional Information


$15.00 / hr, This is the drop-in rate for most classes. Some discounts available. Private sessions offered upon request.

Payment Methods

Cash, Cashier's Check, Credit Cards, Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Interfaith Medical Center - Primary Care Clinic - Consumer Advisory Board Certificate of Recognition (2010)
  • Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center - Labels for Health Certificate of Appreciation: Health Literacy Program (2009)
  • American Dietetic Association Public Policy Workshop Grassroots Scholarship recipient for New York State (2007)
  • New York State Department of Health - Eat Well Play Hard Certificate of Recognition (2003)

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish



8 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Rati Gelashvili on Sep 06, 2015

    Melissa is a great personal trainer. She helped me design a workout plan tailored to my fitness goals and pick up the right techniques. She also gave me helpful nutrition tips, and made me work on my balance and do related exercises that I thought looked easy but turned out quite challenging and useful. I have left San Francisco but am following the plan and the set of exercises and am very happy with the results. I could not be more satisfied that I took sessions with Melissa this summer.
    On top of all this, she is an extremely pleasant and naturally helpful person, and it has been great interacting with her.

  • by Maya Ebsworth on Aug 19, 2015

    I trained with Melissa about once a week for 3 months while I was in SF. Melissa is a really excellent trainer - she is very gentle and calm. We started out by talking about my goals, nutrition, and any injuries or special issues. I have some issues with my back, and she was great at tailoring workouts to fit my needs. She's also fun to hang out with, and she would even extend our session past an hour if she had the free time. She would also email me detailed lists of the exercises that she had showed me so I can do them on my own time. I would really recommend training with Melissa!

  • by Michael Goodman on Jan 24, 2012

    I had a great experience at my first Feldendrais session with Melissa as my guide. I left feeling calm, relaxed and centered. My shoulders, which had been aching, felt better the rest of the day, as did my hips. I am looking forward to futher sessions with Melissa.

  • by Janet DeHart on Dec 22, 2011

    Feldenkrais® with Melissa has gently suggested new ways of movement for me on multiple levels. In her class I feel a sweet curiosity about my body and it's natural patterns without judgement. Her keen awareness and comforting voice makes the whole experience an intellligent moving meditation. She is a very knowledgable and compassionate teacher.

  • by Fiona Taylor on Dec 14, 2011

    Melissa has an amazing tranquil voice to guide her students inward through the Feldenkrais lessons. I invariably come out of her class feeling more aligned and comfortable in my body, with better posture, and feeling reinvigorated. I also find that I refer back what I have learned from her classes at various points throughout my day.. While at my desk at work, walking down the street, laying in bed at night. The lessons remind me to be in my body with ease and they continue well beyond the boundaries of her studio. I would highly recommend her classes.

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