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Hi! I'm Melissa

I'm a Nutrition Educator & Wellness Coach based in and serving Washington, DC and the DMV region. My lifestyle-focused method has successfully helped clients achieve personal results and enhance athletic ability, eMpowering performance in class, rehearsals, and on-stage. As professional dancer myself, I have gained nutritional balance and improved my own relationship with food through many years of practice and a Masters of Science in Nutrition from University of Bridgeport. I bring this depth of personal and academic experience to a variety of clients, particularly performance athletes and fitness enthusiasts. In my spare time, I teach yoga and manage Ballet Embody, a professional contemporary ballet company.
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Melissa Lineburg
Melissa Lineburg

I am a working dance artist and have been a lifelong mover. As a fitness enthusiast, I've experimented with a variety to workout types ranging from 1/2 marathon training, Pilates, High Intensity Interval Training Workouts, traditional weightlifting, and more!

Since 2015 in particular, I've noticed a drastic improvement to my athleticism and performance quality which I attribute to balanced movement, nutrition, and mindfulness habits.

I'm a people person and I have years of experience in customer service; I love to connect with people and support their eating + behavior patterns.

I embody the concepts of balance as much as I can, it's a quality instilled in me since childhood. As a practitioner, I love the puzzle that finding your unique balance presents.

My Story

My professional dance career began shortly after finishing my undergraduate studies and I dove right into the freelance lifestyle. Taking on an odd mixture of jobs to support myself, pay bills, and somehow managed some sort of a type of social life. Balance? Not exactly. Old habits from my pre-professional training and high school days found their way back into my life as I continually tried to lose weight and, now out on my own, I could try any diet out there. Accidents happen, of course, and I'm certain that two years of my nutrient poor diet contributed to weakened bones that led to a fractured ankle ten minutes before curtain was to go up on my first Nutcracker as The Sugar Plum Fairy. Devastated and in denial, I wasn't able to perform that weekend. In addition to working with my physical therapist, I attribute a lot of my recovery to yoga. A practice/movement that I was able to explore even with a sprained ankle. So that's how I found myself in a yoga teacher training in 2016 and began teaching after finishing the program at studios around DC, and eMpower yoga sesh launched in 2020.

Somehow, a few years later, about 12 years from the start of my unbalanced relationship with food, I began to dip my toes into finding a balance of movement, nutrition, and mindfulness that seemed to fuel and support my dancing as well as the needs of daily life. Just as your eMpowered journey takes into consideration multiple factors, many things began to align in my life and I started to feel more confident in my body, about how I carried myself, and my waking hours didn't revolve around how much, what, if I was or wasn't eating. A glimmer of food freedom and diet liberation was on the horizon.

I was getting to point of managing my rehearsing, performing, cross training, rest, and adequate nutrient intake so I figured I should start thinking about what would await me once my performing years concluded. I knew I wanted to stay involved in the dance field and support dancers during their training, performance, and post-retirement years. So, in 2016, health, wellness, and nutrition seemed to be the most logical next step for me. After completing pre-requisite science courses at UDC, I was accepted into the University of Bridgeport's Masters of Science program for Human Nutrition in 2018.

While in school, I launched eMpower health + wellness, the first iteration of this nutrition practice. Starting my practice gave me a jumping off point for school projects, my school-sponsored clinical program, accruing clinical hours needed for my certified nutrition specialist designation, and a virtual place to hold space for my yoga students and followers when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the US in 2020.

Fast forward to today, in 2022, I've rebranded to eMpower performance and support clients on their journeys by addressing movement, nutrition, and mindfulness in their busy, daily lives. I proudly work with dancers + performance athletes as a nutritionist in the Washington, DC and surround DMV region. I'm still performing - co-founded and co-direct a contemporary ballet company, dancing as a freelance artist, guiding yoga students both in-studio + online, and meet with/coach performance athletes and fitness enthusiasts to eMpower their performance in class, in rehearsals, and on-stage.
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