Melissa Vovou

vovouA career as a professional dancer took me to the Bay Area, New York, Las Vegas, Russia and the Caribbean. During that time I discovered the healing and strengthening benefits of Pilates. I obtained my certification through Power Pilates in New York under master teachers, or “elders,” who were trained by Joseph Pilates’ original apprentices. During the next several years I taught classical Pilates in New York, Las Vegas, and now in Hood River, where I enjoy the beauty  of The Gorge – hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.

In my teaching, I draw from my background as a massage therapist, Reiki practitioner, dancer and kick boxing instructor. My love of movement, fascination with body mechanics and the flow of energy, and keen eye for alignment (yes, and misalignment) inspire my practice. Working with you, whether you are an athlete, dancer, weekend warrior, couch potato, or anywhere in between, gives me great pleasure. I love to share your excitement as you become less stressed, more pain free, leaner, taller, stronger, and more confident while you develop more ease in movement.