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Balanced Body Master Instructor

Elizabeth Larkam

Mill Valley CA USA

Elizabeth Larkam is internationally recognized as an innovator of mind body movement techniques for therapeutic, athletic, fitness, performing arts and academic settings. For 25 years she has worked within organizations to develop new applications for Pilates techniques. While a Dancemedicine Specialist at Center for Sports Medicine, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital 1985-2000 she created Pilates protocols for orthopedic, spine and chronic pain diagnoses.
As Director of Pilates & Beyond for Western Athletic Clubs, 2000-2010 Elizabeth developed the internationally acclaimed Mind & Body Center within The San Francisco Bay Club where she served as Pilates & Yoga Director. Since 2008 she has been working with wounded soldiers at rehabilitation centers in San Diego, Copenhagen and Tel Aviv, teaching movement techniques to physical therapists who work with polytrauma patients. Elizabeth joined YogaWorks in 2010 to develop new programs in Pilates mat and apparatus.
Elizabeth began her study of Pilates in 1985 while teaching dance at Stanford University. A Gold Certified Pilates Method Alliance teacher, she was educated by the first generation Pilates teachers Ron Fletcher, Eve Gentry, Carola Trier, Romana Kryzanowska, Bruce King and Alan Herdman. Elizabeth is a guild-certified Feldenkrais practitioner, certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis™ instructor, Franklin Method teacher and OM Yoga instructor. She received her bachelor’s and master's education at Stanford University. Elizabeth worked as a Pilates and Dancemedicine Specialist with the San Francisco Ballet and Cirque de Soleil, a lecturer at the University of San Francisco in Exercise and Sports Science and a Reebok Master Trainer. She is a mind-body spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise and a contributor to PilatesStyle.
As co-founder and co-owner of Polestar Education Elizabeth developed Pilates curriculum for clinical and fitness professionals. When Balanced Body Education was founded in 1985 she became a Master Teacher conducting courses throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Since 1992 Elizabeth has created 30 instructional DVDs for fitness, therapeutic, education and home markets. As program director of Balanced Body Pilates, she developed the instructional video series that launched the Pilates Allegro Reformer and created the Mat with Roller & Ring program, Mat with Rotator Discs, Reebok Core Pilates, BOSU Pilates, and Kinesis Mind Body for Techno Gym. Elizabeth choreographs and performs with PilatesPerformance. Her podcasts are on www.pilates.com. DVDs are available on www.pilates.com and www.optp.com

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Balanced Body Master Instructors for:

  • Anatomy in Three Dimensions
  • Bodhi Suspensions System
  • MOTR
  • Pilates

-ACE Certified
-AFAA Certified
-NASM Certified
-PMA Certified

'Great class. Elizabeth is wonderful and SO knowledgeable. I'm even more excited about Pilates than before taking the level 1 course. I want to take more classes!'

'Elizabeth's facility is what any instructor would call "pilates heaven". She has equipment/knowledge/expertise to provide a superb program for continuing education or for clients. Her demeanor is calming and informative. She provided useful feedback and a very strenuous weekend. '

'Elisabeth is one of the best teachers I have ever experienced. She motivated each of the students to critically think about what each exercise was accomplishing and about what each student needed to work on. All this was done in a positive and masterful way. She also conveyed an extensive history of the local and national history of Pilates. And of course, demonstrated the movement and teaching skills masterfully.'

'To be able to be taught by someone of Elizabeth Larkam's experience and respect in the field speaks volumes of your program'

'Elisabeth continues to expand the material from the manual to create opportunities for the students to critically examine the effect of the movements. She is the ultimate in utilizing verbal cues and pacing to allow students to access his/her own learning style while maintaining interest. She provided constructive feedback while remaining objective, which provided an ideal environment for enriching the skills of the teachers in training.'

'Elizabeth is an exceptional teacher. She makes the classes educational and fun!'

'It was a pleasure to be taught by Elizabeth Larkam. It was especially exciting to watch her perform the Pilates exercises.'

'Elizabeth covered the material in the training manuals as well as offered much information on modifications and cueing to effectively and safely work with clients with various pathologies. The small class size offered good opportunity for questions and discussion. Elizabeth is an excellent and patient instructor, and I am looking forward to future courses with her. '

'Elizabeth Larkam is amazing and I can't wait to train with her in the future.'

Check out Elizabeth's videos on PilatesAnytime!