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  • What is a strategy session, and how will it benefit me as a dancer?
    A strategy session is a personalized 15-20 minute conversation where we dive into your goals, challenges, and individual needs. By understanding your unique journey, together, we can develop a personalized nutrition plan that supports your performance, recovery, and overall well-being as a dancer.
  • How do I prepare for my Strategy Session?
    When you schedule your Strategy Session, you'll complete a basic form to communicate your goals + challenges to Melissa prior to your session. To make the most of your Strategy Session, simply come prepared to share insights about your dance schedule + routine, dietary goals you may have, and any specific challenges or concerns you have that are preventing your from achieving your goals. The session is a collaborative discussion aimed at shaping and guiding the next steps of your personalized nutrition journey.
  • Is the Strategy Session free, and what commitment does it entail?
    Yes, your Strategy Session is free of charge. It's an opportunity for us to get to know each other better and determine if my services align with your needs. We will determine what you next best step can be for your personalized nutrition journey. There is no commitment required after the session; you decide if you'd like to continue with 1:1 nutrition coaching, into small group coaching, or into the available online programs.
  • How do I schedule a strategy session, and what's the process?
    Scheduling your Strategy Session is easy. Simply click here to access the booking calendar. Choose a date and time slot that works for you, and you'll receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the virtual session. It's a friendly and informative conversation that marks the start of your journey towards optimizing your nutrition for dance.
  • How much does it cost?
    Barriers to health + wellness must be addressed and eMpower is here to work with you. All pricing is subject to discounts based on client need, circumstance, and any available packages. I offer a variety of services at different price points, and if you need financial support, let me know! 15-minute strategy call, FREE intake + nutritional physical exam, average 75-minute session + a 30-minute follow up, $185 The pricing of ongoing monthly plans is determined by your need + check-in session schedule. New Client Bundle - starts at $300 This bundle includes your 15-minute strategy call, intake + nutritional physical exam, 30-minute follow up, and two 45-minute sessions. Standard, Hourly Rates - After your Initial Intake Session and/or completion of your New Client Bundle, these are my standard hourly rates. Discounts are available for ongoing clients. 30-minute sessions, $60 60-minute sessions, $115 View the full list of services here.
  • What are Melissa's credentials?
    Melissa holds a Master's of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Melissa is a (license pending) Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) currently working as a Nutrition Education and Health + Wellness Coach. A CNS is the most advanced certification for personalized nutrition practitioners. Certified Nutrition Specialists practice science-based personalized nutrition therapy to empower people to health. Candidates must hold a Master’s degree or higher in nutrition, pass the American Nutrition Association (ANA) certification exam, and complete 1000+ supervised clinical hours. Melissa passed the board-certified exam in June 2022 and is actively obtaining the clinical hours required for licensure. Melissa works under the supervision of mentors at The Nutrition & Herbal Collective. Both Rebecca Snow, MS, CNS, LDN, RH, and Kate Costello, MS, CNS, LDN, Nutritionist + Health Coach, review and approve the clinical hours Melissa is obtaining by working with clients using evidence-based strategies to address client food-related, lifestyle, and mindfulness behaviors. In addition to her immediate credentialing journey, Melissa is dedicated to lifelong learning and is always reading and/or taking continuing education courses to further expand her understanding of health + wellness. At this time, she meets with her mentors regularly to review current clients, their recommended protocols, and more. Melissa holds a registered yoga teacher - 200 (ryt-200) certification and CPR training.
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