Melanie Nasser grew up in the Woodlands before leaving
to pursue a career as a Professional Dancer. She has been Principal Dancer with Tulsa Ballet as
well as Ohio Ballet, and has performed Internationally on stages as far flung as Hawaii, Japan,
and New York. Melanie’s interest in — and respect for — Pilates developed well before she
began instructing: she is a direct beneficiary of the healing power of the method. Melanie
learned the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates first hand after an ACL tear that could have been
a career ending mishap. Her performing life was extended through a combination of orthopedic
surgery and intensive Pilates based therapy.
When an opportunity to build a Pilates programme fell in her lap several years later, Melanie
became certified through D.K. Body Balancing and retired from dance. She taught for close to a
decade in Tulsa, where her clientele ranged in age from aspiring young dancers to
spry senior citizens, from expectant mothers to athletes returning from injury, from business
men reclaiming fitness after heart surgery to a former member of the US Olympic Tae Kwon Do
In Tulsa Melanie worked alongside her mentor Danielle Cap Lema who uses Dennis Gibbons’ Muscle Release Therapy, MRTh® to complement the studio’s Pilates offerings.
Melanie’s exposure to the power and benefits of Pilates combined with her mentor’s
Release Work — and her never-ending quest to bring her clients the full movement potential of a
well aligned body — has led her to spend the last few years exploring and learning Yamuna® Body Rolling. In 2011 she
completed the full course work and all testing to become a certified YBR practitioner.
Never content to sit back and reflect on her previous accomplishments, Melanie has added to her
considerable depth of knowledge and recently became a Level I Rossiter coach, and will complete Level II training in the Fall of 2017.
Melanie’s vision for centerAlign is simple: to help her clients prevent unnecessary
injuries while improving and enhancing the movement potential of their bodies. Melanie looks
forward to continuing to share her years of experience with the Woodlands community, and to
apply the techniques of visionaries Joseph Pilates, Richard Rossiter, and Yamuna Zake.