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