Elizabeth Larkam is internationally recognized as an innovator of movement education. She has created instructional DVDs for fitness, therapeutic, education, and home markets since 1992.
As program director of Balanced Body, she developed the instructional video series that launched the Pilates Allegro Reformer and she has also created a range of podcasts and a dance that launched Allegro 2. Elizabeth is a Distinguished Instructor on Pilates Anytime and she choreographs and performs with Pilates Performance.
Elizabeth began her Pilates studies in 1985 while teaching dance at Stanford University, where she had received her bachelor’s and master’s education. A Gold Certified Pilates Method Alliance teacher, she was educated by the first generation Pilates teachers. As a Dance Medicine Specialist at Center for Sports Medicine, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital from 1985-2000, Elizabeth created Pilates protocols for orthopedic, spine, and chronic pain diagnoses. As Director of Pilates & Beyond for Western Athletic Clubs from 2000-2010, she developed the internationally acclaimed Mind & Body Center within The San Francisco Bay Club where she served as Pilates & Yoga Director.
Elizabeth co-founded and co-owned Polestar Education. When Balanced Body Pilates Education was founded in 2004, she became a Master Teacher and Mentor, conducting courses throughout the world. In 2010 she was awarded the Medal of the Danish Society of Military Medicine in recognition of her efforts to improve the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. The Pilates Method Alliance initiative Heroes in Motion was inspired by Elizabeth’s work with clients experiencing severe impediments to motor control. She also created the Balanced Body continuing education course, Movement Strategies, to prepare Pilates teachers to provide effective instruction for these clients.
Elizabeth authored the chapter Fascia oriented Pilates Training for the book Fascia in Movement and Sport edited by Robert Schleip (2015). She is the author of the forthcoming book Fascia in Motion (Handspring Publishing January, 2016). Elizabeth has worked as a Pilates Specialist with the San Francisco Ballet and Cirque de Soleil, a lecturer at the University of San Francisco in Exercise and Sports Science, a lecturer at San Francisco State University in Dance, Fitness Editor for Pilates Style and as a Reebok Master Trainer. She is a media spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. Elizabeth co-teaches a course on Fascial Dissection and Integrated Movement with Tom Myers. She is a Feldenkrais® practitioner, Franklin Method teacher, Gyrotonic®, and Gyrokinesis® instructor and she is qualified in Gyrotonic® II and Gyrotonic Specialized Equipment.