Dallas Everleth is an educator, Pilates instructor, massage therapist, and huge anatomy nerd. She is the owner and program director of Center Strength.
Her practice focuses on rehabilitation; she has helped clients use Pilates to manage a variety of conditions including spinal injuries, joint replacement, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, chronic pain conditions, and repetitive strain injuries. Since 1999, she has worked with clients of all ages, fitness levels, and conditions to move better, feel better, learn about their bodies, and take charge of their own health and wellbeing.
Dallas comes to Pilates with a love of the body in motion and an appreciation of how important movement is to your body. These come from years as a competitive figure skater and later as a yoga instructor and finally as a Pilates instructor.
Learning about the body and how it moves is her passion and she is grateful to be able to continue to grow as a Pilates instructor, studying, training, and learning from her clients.
Dallas is also a massage therapist. She is certified in Applied Motor Control and the Hendrickson Method. She is excited to continue studying manual therapy and is currently completing her visceral massage training with the Barral Institute. She finds the combination of manual therapy and movement invaluable for managing pain and dysfunctional movement patterns, allowing clients to recover from injuries and get back to living their lives.
In an effort to more fully understand how the body informs the mind, Dallas studied Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dallas is a Balanced Body University faculty member and, since 2005, has presented at conferences nationally and internationally, developing anatomy and Pilates workshops of special interest to movement educators and body workers.
The World Health Organization defines health as “not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Rather health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” Dallas hopes to further this commitment in her own small way by teaching people about how their bodies work and how to live in them, educating instructors, and being part of a community of like-minded teachers committed to the same goal.
As a runner, dancer, and violinist, Sandy always had the great fortune of an active life. However, years of less than optimum alignment from holding a single sided instrument and compression from athletic activities led to imbalances in her spine. After the birth of her second child, she suffered a low back injury and a friend recommended Pilates. The Pilates method was not about how hard she could push herself, but instead stressed the importance of working from the deep musculature of the body. In short, she gained a stronger body, better posture, and less pain and she was hooked!
Sandy has practiced Pilates since 2002 and became an instructor in 2007. She completed her Pilates certification at Turning Point Studios with Nora St. John and Naomi Leiserson.
In 2010, she completed Movement Medicine, a comprehensive Pilates-based rehabilitation program training at Turning Point Studios. She loves the way this training applies the Pilates method as a rehabilitative and injury prevention tool. She has taken countless hours of continuing education with leaders in the Pilates field and is currently very interested in a greater understanding of fascia and its role in movement.
Her ongoing Pilates practice teaches her that the human body has an exceptional ability to heal when we allow it to, and her B.A. in Psychology helps her understand the delicate mind/body connection that is at the root of a Pilates practice.
When not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking, gardening, swimming, and cooking.
Her greatest joy is to help clients achieve their goals. Whether it is a reduction of discomfort, enhanced athletic performance, or a better quality of life through awareness and posture, Sandy firmly believes that Pilates can help anyone achieve a healthier body - one that is strong, supple and centered.
Susan Jamison is a certified Pilates instructor and A.C.E. personal trainer.
Growing up in her native Australia Sue was always an avid athlete and involved in many outdoor activities. After moving to the U.S., while working as a personal trainer, she continued to pursue running as a sport along with gym related activities. She was constantly getting injured and not finding the right way for her body to recover, rehabilitate and train
When she was introduced to the Pilates method, she immediately recognized that this mind/body form of exercise and awareness was the missing link she had been unconsciously seeking for herself and her clients.
Sue received her Pilates certification in 2004 at Turning Point Studios. She continued further training in Movement Medicine, a comprehensive Pilates based rehabilitation program with Nora St. John. She also is certified in pre/post natal, osteoporosis, older adults , and other specialty trainings.
She is ever eager to learn more about the science and mystery of the human body and the effect of psychological, physical and mental stress on the mechanics of human movement. Her teaching continues to evolve and deepen through ongoing explorations with master teachers.
She is constantly inspired and amazed by the transformations which occur when the potential of the mind and its intricate connection to the body are unlocked by the Pilates work.
Life is a journey and our bodies are works in progress breathe, listen and learn what your body is saying to you.
Chris Evans is a dancer, choreographer and Pilates Instructor. In 2013 she realized that dancing was no longer enough to build the strength and flexibility she needed to prevent injuries. She found Pilates and was hooked. Pilates provided Chris the knowledge of how her body works, the tools for deepening body awareness and a desire to learn more. She is currently completing her Pilates certification with Dallas Everleth at Center Strength with the goal of using Pilates along with other movement modalities for rehabilitation of injuries, relief from chronic pain and body sustainability.
She holds a BA in English from Stanford and MA in Comparative Literature from SFSU.
In both dance and Pilates Chris is interested in how we access our body's innate intelligence to support balance and ease in everyday movement.
Chris and her husband direct the Idora Park Project Space, a cooperative art and dance space in Oakland, CA. Their mission is to both foster interdisciplinary music, dance and art collaboration, and support emerging artists in Oakland’s thriving creative community.
Chris is currently working on an interdisciplinary performance project called “Reconstruction Study” that she will present at dance festivals this year.
In her off time, Chris is dancing, reading, studying Pilates, playing cello and building a sprung dance floor in her Oakland space.