Meet the Owners
ATC, CSCS, NASM-PES, CPT-PMA
Years of Teaching: Since 1985 in the movement and sports medicine fields
B.A. Movement and Exercise Science emphasis Sports Medicine (Exercise Science and Athletic Training) Chapman University. 1986
Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainer’s Association 1987
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association 1988
Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine 1991
Certified Pilates Teacher, Pilates Method Alliance 2010
Balanced Body Master Instructor – Anatomy in Three Dimension, Pilates, MOTR and Bodhi
Partner of Absolute Center
Founding Creator of Primal Movement Works!
Other Certifications: Certified Health and Fitness Instructor (ACSM), Certified Pilates for Golf Instructor, Certified C.O.R.E. Instructor (Resist-a-Ball), Certified Cycling Instructor (Precision & Reebok),Walk Yourself Well Level II Instructor, Core Align Level 3 Instructor, Certified TRX Group Suspension Training Course Instructor, Neuro Kinetic Pilates Method
Specialties: Claudia shares the dual role of a movement educator and a manual therapist specializing in restoring and improving movement patterns and functional performance. Her movement education includes functional movement training, Olympic lifting, power lifting, integrated movement, rehabilitative and post-rehabilitative exercise, corrective exercise, plyometrics, sports specific training, Pilates, yoga and CoreAlign. Her manual therapy training includes myofascial release, joint mobilization, muscle energy, positional release, active release, and acupressure.
Personal Story: A life time of athletic endeavor’s starting as a child playing competitive golf and a three sport (volleyball, basketball, softball) high school athlete earning the ‘Athletic of the Year’ award. A colligate athlete earning the “William Tunney” award for academic and athletic achievement. Post college she spent 10 years as competitive women’s rugby player for the Bay Area She Hawks who earned 8 births to the National Championships and won the National Champion title twice. Now, she challenges herself with skills and physical demands of ranch life in horse retirement and rescue.
Fun Fact: She enjoys the outdoors, animals, nature, birding, kayaking, riding bikes, ATV’s and an occasional a horse!
Years of Teaching: Since 1993
- Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Turning Point Studios, Nora St John Education Director for Balanced Body
- Balanced Body Master Teacher Training
- Farnborough College H.N.D. England UK Science and Management of Health and Fitness
- Primal Movement WORKS! Co-Founder
- Franklin Level 1
- Yoga 200Hr RYT
- Animal Flow Coach Level 1 and Level 2 in training
- CPR certified.
Advanced Education: Anatomy in 3D, Balanced Body, Barre Core Align Level 1, Balanced Body, Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), Certified Health and Fitness Specialist (A.C.E), Arcus Level 1 and 2, Gold Medal Bodies 2 Day Training (GMB), TRX Group Teacher Training, Will Power Method, Phase 1 Training, Spinning Johnny G Training, Certified C.O.R.E. Instructor (Resist-a-Ball), Academy of Fitness Professionals, Exercise to Music Spinning Johnny G
Specialties: Louise’s dedication to helping people feel better shows through her clientele, some of whom have been working with her for over 17 years. Louise finds herself drawn towards a broad section of clients from all different walks of life and abilities. At Absolute Center, the studio she co-owns, her day-to-day practice includes one-on-one sessions, small group classes, and large group instruction, including Franklin Imagery, Pilates, Primal Pilates, TRX, and more. She also mentors her staff and student Pilates teachers, and participates in the Balanced Body Pilates Teacher Training her studio hosts.
When not at her studio, you can find Louise on the road with Balanced Body, presenting at the world-renowned Pilates on Tour conferences and at the Pilates Method Alliance conference (PMA). At these events, she shares continuing education material as well as Primal Movement WORKS!, a movement brand she co-founded. You can also find her online on Pilates Anytime, teaching Pilates and Primal classes. Louise furthers her own growth as well, studying under distinguished teachers like Cara Reeser, Tom McCook, Lesley Powell, Elizabeth Larkham, Nora St John, Madeline Black, Benjamin Dagenhart, Trent, and many more.
Personal Story: Louise started her career at the young age of 17, and has been in the fitness and Mind Body industry ever since. After traveling to numerous countries around the world, UK-born Louise moved to the United States in her early twenties, working as a personal trainer before becoming a certified Pilates teacher. Little did she know, Pilates and her understanding of movement and anatomy would become her work passion and lifelong career.
In 2006, Louise was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Aplastic Anemia, and underwent a Myloeblative Bone Marrow Transplant at Stanford Hospital. She took a leave of absence, then returned to work with an invigorated and deepened passion for health and life. Today, her passion has taken her into the Somatic world, studying the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Peggy Hackney, Irmgard Bartinieff, Tamalpa Movement classes, and many other expressive arts.
Fun Fact: Louise loves to be in the ocean, she is an avid Kite surfer, and finds herself surfing the waves around the world.
Years of Teaching:30+ years
- PMA Certified Pilates Instructor (Turning Point Studios)
- Certified Pilates Mat Instructor (Physical Mind Institute)
- Balanced Body University Faculty
- CoreAlign Master Instructor
- Certified Personal Trainer (NASM, ACE)
Other Certifications: Certified C.O.R.E. Instructor (Resist-a-Ball); Certified Cycling Instructor (Precision & Spinning); Certified Yoga Fit Instructor; Active Isolation Stretch practitioner, Certified Pilates for Golf Instructor.
Specialties: Instructor Training
Personal Story: My mission is to help create achievable workouts for my clients and nurture future instructors and business owners.
Fun Fact: Katie is on two non-profit boards and is a grandmother to 10!