"Pilates totally changed my life."
Rachel has operated Energy Within Pilates for 20 years.
She discovered Pilates at age 35 as a mother of three. She taught fitness classes and did bodywork as a massage therapist.
"I was uncomfortable in my body, never sitting or standing still for any length of time without moving or stretching. I had broken several bones, sliced a couple tendons in my foot and ended up with a twist in my pelvis.
Pilates totally changed my life. I have learned much about the body and movement through understanding how my own body works, heals, and stays healthy".
Each person is unique, but the principles of movement remain the same. For every movement it’s important to understand the fundamentals: which muscles stabilize and which mobilize the bones.
She ensures that each and every client is taught to connect with their body and control their movements. She is an active and attentive teacher, observing and correcting everyone in her class for proper, controlled movements
"Little corrections make the biggest difference when the exercises are performed. It’s the way we move our bones and our posture that alleviates pain and discomfort". "I love what I do!! Let me help you".
Rachel understands the physical stress of athletic activities on the body. She climbed mountains, rock climbed, winter and summer camped, hiked, canoed, ran, swam, road-and mountain-biked.
She has traveled the world teaching and studying in the United States, New Zealand, the UK and Canada.
Rachel Robertson's Certifications and Training:
1984 – AFAA aerobic training certification in Buffalo, NY & taught macrobiotic cooking classes.
1986 – Taught aerobics, macrobiotic cooking & nutritional counseling in New Zealand
1988 – IDEA/ACE certification as an aerobic trainer in Toronto Canada
1992 – Massage school & received HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) from IPSB in San Diego, CA
1993 – Discovered Pilates at JL Body Conditioning with Julian Littleford, 9-10 months later teaching under his tutelage.
1995 – Opened first Pilates studio & began to study at On Center Conditioning (later becoming BASI)with Rael Isacowitz. Attended several workshops with Moria Stott in LA. Went to England to the Alan Herdman Studio & several other prominent studios in England.
1999 – Moved to Toronto, Canada for 4 months to attend the Stott Pilates Master Training course where she obtained a certification as an advanced Stott Pilates Instructor on the mat and all equipment. She also received certification as a Stott Certified Instructor Trainer.
2000 – Opened a Pilates Studio & Stott Instructor Training center in Leucadia, CA
2001 – ACE certified personal trainer
2007 – Received Level I Gyrotonic tower training at San Francisco Gyrotonic with Debra Rose
2008 – Recieved Level II Gyrotonic tower training with Lisa Marie Goodwin Rice
2012 – Pfilates certification (Pilates for pelvic floor strengthening)
2013 – Align Barre certification & Stott Stability Barre training
2013 – Pilates Therapeutics™ Scoliosis Master Specialization Program taught by Suzanne Martin, DPT
2013 – Melt immersion with Sue Hitzmann, Creator of MELT Method®
2013 – Melt Method Hand and Foot Instructor certification
A native of Japan, Yoshinori started teaching Pilates at Energy Within Pilates in 2015.
A native of Japan, Yoshinori has been a Ballet, Modern and Contemporary Ballet dancer for over 20 years.
As his career as a dancer progressed, he realized that his training as a dancer did not teach him to use his body the way he should. He was getting injured more often, which lead to changing his focus
He started his Pilates training with BASI Pilates at Physiologic Pilates in Brooklyn and was certified in July 2011.
He studied anatomy with Irene Dowd, a world-renowned expert in neuromuscular training and kinesthetic anatomy at NYU and The Julliard School. He continued his training with Deborah Lessen, founder of Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and with Roberta Kirschenbaum Both Deborah Lessen and Roberta Kirschenbaum were trained by Carola Trier (one of the greatest first generation Pilates instructor, trained by Joseph Pilates himself)
He then taught Pilates at Rolates Pilates, the original studio of Joseph Pilates founder of the Pilates Method where he taught classes for the next 3 years
In 2015 Yoshinori and his wife moved to Southern California where he founded his own company to create his original exercise tool and method, he also teaches his method at retirement homes and chose to teach Pilates under Rachel Robertson at Energy Within Pilates