From a very early age, Jennifer has enjoyed a wide range of sport and adventure, and thus, a wide range of injuries. With a background as a competitive gymnast, dancer, blackbelt, avid hiker, climber, and cyclist , she can sympathize with all manner of aches and pains. Pilates has been the one activity that has helped to mitigate the pain and rehabilitate from the injuries while simultaneously strengthening for a quick recovery and greater endurance. Jennifer received her Pilates certification in from Long Beach Dance Conditioning under Marie-Jose Blom and Gyrotonic / Gyrokinesis certifications under Lisa Marie Goodwin and Alicia Head.
Chloë Flores earned her certification in Advances in Pilates Techniques from Marie-Jose Blom-Lawrence at Long Beach Dance Conditioning in 2006. While training at LBDC, she also completed a specialization in Fusion Pilates™ for Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy Pilates with Master Pilates Instructor, Jennifer Gianni.
Alex was introduced to Pilates at a young age and was re-introduced after a knee injury when she used Pilates to supplement traditional rehabilitation, very pleased with the results, she decided to train as an instructor. Studying with Marie- Jose Blom, she received her certification through Long Beach Dance Conditioning in 2006. Always eager to keep learning, she has continued her studies in a variety of bodywork techniques including Yoga, Feldenkrais, Yamuna Body Rolling, and exercise anatomy. Guided by the individual needs of her clients, Alex uses safe and effective training to assist her clients in achieving their goals.
Jillian is a professional dancer who originally found Pilates to help her with hip and lower back pain in 2000. The Pilates method helped her manage pain through learning proper alignment and breaking down the bio mechanics of the body in accordance to healthy movement patterning. This helped her body heal, but also complimented her dance technique and ability to perform. Because Pilates works with anatomy, it is a direct and efficient way to holistically train the body to optimally function in whatever way desired. She became fully certified through Balanced Body with emphasis on special conditioning and anatomy in 2009 and has enjoyed teaching ever since
Teresa has been teaching Pilates since 2008. She trained in NYC at the Kane School of Core Integration with Kelly Kane and at Pilates Chicago: The Center for Conscious Conditioning, with Jennifer Goldman Zumman. She fell in love Pilates because it makes sense: its logical and specific. Its focus on creating ideal functional movement patterns in the body was very impressive and empowering to her. She has stayed in love with Pilates because at its "core"...Pilates just makes you feel awesome.
Francesca Jandasek is a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor and GYROTONIC® Pre-trainer. Francesca absolutely loves working with people and helping them feel great! She has had the fortune to share her love of movement by teaching modern dance, ballet, tango, creative movement, yoga, Pilates, stretch and GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise to people of all ages, backgrounds, needs and abilities.
Francesca’s desire to help others heal through movement stems from her own experiences. A dancer and musician, Francesca’s multiple injuries and chronic pain from lordosis and scoliosis were getting in the way of her doing what she loved. Francesca was first introduced to the GYROTONIC® system in 2006 and has found GYROTONIC® exercise to be an incredible tool for for preventing or rehabilitating injuries, increasing efficiency of movement, balancing the body, and building flexibility and strength. She can now pursue activities she loves with no pain and with greater ease, awareness and joy.
She has studied with the creator of the GYROTONIC® Expansion System, Juliu Horvath, as well as master trainers Justine Bernard, Tracy Monaco and Michelle Silva at Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, Nathan Martin of Capital Gyrotonic, Sebastian Plattenberg, Sylvia Frosali, Mariarosa Gugliemi, Adrianna Thompson and Jackson Kellogg. Francesca has completed additional training on GYROTONIC® applications for Dancers, GYROTONIC® applications for Osteopathy, GYROTONIC® therapeutic applications for Osteoporosis, GYROTONER® specialized equipment, GYROTONIC® Level 2, Program 1, GYROKINESIS® Level 2 Beginner and GYROKINESIS® Level 2. Francesca taught GYROKINESIS® workshops to company members at Synetic Theater in Crystal City, to professional dancers in the Washington DC area and at Dance, Theater and Health Festivals Internationally. She taught GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise classes, private sessions and workshops at Elements Fitness and Wellness Center in Glover Park, DC (where she also worked as a PT Aide), The Pilates Room in McLean, VA. the Joy of Motion Dance Center, DC, Pilates Eagle Rock and In-Spiraling Movement Arts in Los Angeles. Currently, Francesca works at Orange County School of the Arts as a Danceand GYROKINESIS® instructor and teaches workshops, classes and sessions at various studios and schools all over LA.
When Francesca is not teaching, she is dancing, choreographing, acting, painting, cooking, playing music, composing, learning to ride a motorcycle, swimming, going for walks and spending time with her husband, friends, family and very naughty cat.
Sarah Pigion was first introduced to Pilates in her dance training as part of her Musical Theatre career. After injury, Pilates helped Sarah to keep dancing, run a marathon, and support her, at times, overly active lifestyle. While living in NYC, Sarah completed comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body University at Manhattan’s Movements Afoot Pilates Studio under Lesley Powell. Transition in her music career brought Sarah to Los Angeles, where she happily joined the Pilates Eagle Rock haven:) Pilates’ ability to improve alignment, body awareness, strength, and physical expression have motivated her to delve deeper into her study of body conditioning, and share it as an instructor.
Eric has been an athlete since day one, playing a variety of team sports in which he still participates to this day. As a graduate from California State University Long Beach, he has also been a professional classical ballet dancer for over 20 years. After years of tearing, ripping, twisting, pulling, and breaking much of his body, Eric discovered a wide range of healing modalities. This led to extensive study and eventual accreditations which include: Pilates, Gyrotonic®, Massage Therapy, Reflexology, MELT Method®,and Rolfing Structural Integration®.
Rolfing Structural Integration® is a form of hands-on manipulation and movement education developed over 50 years ago by Dr. Ida P. Rolf.
Rolfing® works on the web-like network of connective tissues, called fascia, to release, realign, and balance the whole body. It also restores flexibility, revitalizes energy and vitality, and releases chronic stressful patterns of posture and movement. Dramatic results include pain reduction, faster injury recovery, and improved joint mobility.
Rolfing Structural Integration® is an excellent foundation to complement all personal wellness practices including: Pilates, Gyrotonic®, and Yoga.
Jackie first experienced Pilates in the dance program from University of Hawai'i. Right away she noticed the improved body connections she felt when she applied them to her dancing and after that, she was hooked. Over time, the increased strength, flexibility and awareness allowed her to move more efficiently in all aspects of her life. Pilates also helped her to being more proactive about injury prevention and rehabilitation. This led her to study at Long Beach Dance Conditioning and completed her Pilates certification. She is also a GYROKINESIS ® apprentice under Alicia Head.