Sarah Shaikh

MELT Hand and Foot Instructor

New York, NY

New Science of the Human Body

The 14-hour MELT Hand and Foot Instructor training explores the scientific basis of MELT and prepares instructors to teach the Hand and Foot Treatment in one-on-one and group settings.

In addition to instructing MELT H/F, Sarah instructs Indoor Cycling, Pilates, and TRX at several Manhattan-based studios including, JCC Manhattan, Asphalt Green, PEDAL NYC/ RxFit, Paris Fitness Studio, and Studio 360. Her diverse classes range from general group fitness to focused multisport cross training . Sarah also derives much joy through her therapeutic indoor rides aimed at special needs populations and those in recovery. Many of her cycling classes focus on integrative wellness and incorporate Yoga, Pilates, and MELT H/F. Sarah is trained Classical Pilates instruction (true to Joseph Pilates original sequence) giving special spinal/pelvic alignment and the supporting musculature. She An extremely active member of NYC's fitness, cycling, and philanthropic communities, Sarah specializes in MELT Method® for athletes, MELT Method® for Pilates/Yoga, and MELT Method® for Healthy Communities- a program designed for underserved neighborhoods w/o regular access to affordable medical care. As a nonprofit professional, her community-based efforts center on: increasing city-wide active urban design projects to combat diet-related illness (NYC Shape Up, NYC Play Streets, NYC Green Streets, NYC Green Carts), re-shaping WIC programs, advocating reform in sustainable farming policy, introducing better school food alternatives, fostering incentives for healthy food retail, protecting SNAP and other emergency food programs, promoting hydration and healthy beverage consumption. Through her work at Bon Secours, Sarah developed a franchise of community-run farm stands that received prestigious awards and praise for their ability to turn profit through primality revenue generated by foodstamps- proving that that when fresh food is available and affordable, families on limited incomes will choose healthy options. This has significant implications for her Bronx corner store efforts. As the former Project Manager of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative at City Harvest, Inc., she developed the assessment strategy now implemented city-wide. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of Denver and was awarded a Keck Scholarship in Environmental Sciences. She earned her MA in International Policy Studies and MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Before relocating to New York, she worked in Central America managing rural health programs and mentoring women as visual health entrepreneurs for WorldTeach and VisionSpring,. Sarah is a certified Facilitator of Communities of Practice. She holds advanced certificates in Spanish from Middlebury Languages Institute and Fundraising from NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She serves as board member for Food Systems Network NYC, and regularly contributes to the growing literature on community food security. In 2013, Sarah was awarded Bronx Community Organizer of the Year by the Partnership for a Healthier New York City.

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