Victoria Drake

Victoria Drake

Victoria Drake had an extensive background in movement prior to getting her Pilates certification through Balanced Body. She also teaches belly dance and has developed BELLATES, a fusion of Belly Dance + Pilates, but her joy of movement started when she learned to figure skate as child, she then went on to compete and later coached competitive figure skaters.

While each discipline is unique, understanding how to teach movement and connect to clients is universal. While she works with all clients and their individual goals she has a focus in sports performance, has trained in the Preggo Pilates pre-post natal program, as well as Foot & Gait. She motivates her clientele by creating an environment that makes learning challenging skills accessible and fun,
acknowledging the milestones along the way and how they unfold into the next steps forward. She became interested in Pilates through figure skating and belly dance, seeing how this practice could help support and connect to other movement patterns. It has helped her recover from having two children, rehab through injury, and is part of her daily practice to strive for better balance and alignment. She has been amazed to see the progress her clients have made in their Pilates practice and appreciates the way that Pilates can be modified and adapted for each individual, customizing on an as needed basis.

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Elsa Oppenheim

Elsa Oppenheim

Elsa Oppenheim has been teaching Pilates for 12 Years. Elsa’s first induction into the Pilates method started when she was expecting her first child. She was a dancer and wanted to find solutions to stay fit while pregnant. A dancer since she was six years old, she firmly believes that stretching and strengthening her body is an everyday way of life!
Hailing from France, she has a dance teacher degree from the National Center of Dance in Paris, France; a Balanced Body University (BBU) mat certification from A-Lyne (also in Paris); and comprehensive certification from EHS in San Francisco, USA. She has completed workshops with Martine Curtis-Oaks, Kelly Moriarty, Jennifer Stacey, Helena Bartley, Nancy Meyers, Blane Ashby, and Janine Fondiller, and Ellie Herman.

When she started teaching, she realized that helping people improve their movement gave her immense satisfaction and now, nothing makes her happier than seeing people feel better and more in tune with their bodies. For Elsa, she believes Pilates is a great baseline of exercises for athletic, older, and people receiving from injuries alike.

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Robin Carlson

Robin Carlson

Robin came to the Pilates method as a means of rehabilitation after getting hit by a car. Already an avid cyclist and elite dancer at that time, she realized it was wise to ensure access to rehab tools and to build her knowledge of functional body mechanics.

In 2012 she left her career as a fine arts curator and art historian in order to dedicate herself to helping others through Pilates. She was able to transform her commitment to movement into a tool to help her clients grow stronger and healthier, manage pain, and overcome physical limitations.

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