Where the mind goes, energy follows…
Alissa coaches and trains people who are building a better relationship with their body and body image, working through chronic pain and injury, and finding time for fitness and strength amidst a busy life. At her core, she is a cheerleader, educator, and holder of space for people desiring to bring their tough, tired, and tender spots back to life.
As a Personal Trainer, she fuses applied neurology into the physical work of moving well through life. By maintaining a playful attitude while attending to the roots of physical limitations, she coaches clients into more empowerment, understanding, and vitality.
As a life-coach in training, she uses neurology and physiology to help clients shift and transform experiences and beliefs that hold them back from being the person they want to be, and having the life they want to have.
She began this work after earning her BA from UCSC, teaching English, and volunteering for midwives-in-training in Oaxaca, México (and doing a lot of yoga and dancing in her down time). Returning to her native Oakland in 2009 to do some healing of her own, she began studying the body and the mind through Pilates, hypnotherapy, and Body-Mind Centering®. Over time she explored and expanded her skill set to include Vipassana Meditation, Qi Gong, Theta Healing, Sound Healing, Strength Training, Z-health, and Transformational NLP.
When not at work, you'll find her studying, moving, gardening, dancing, rock climbing, napping, singing, cooking, hanging with loved ones, playing with her dog, and planning adventures.
Se habla español.
“I feel like myself again.”
"I had tried everything: chiro, acupuncture, yoga, massage, pharmaceuticals, the works. Many of these things brought some relief, but my back still hurt and felt weak.
Then I started working with Alissa...She asked for my x-ray analysis, and did research before the meeting. Then she spent a lot of time studying my body and the way I moved and walked. And then she started teaching me a different way.
She taught me exercises to strengthen my body in areas that would help to self-correct my posture and walking style...She gave me awareness of how my joints and spine worked, and how to hold myself in standing and walking and sitting...
I have been working with Alissa for two months, and I feel great! I have not had a single spasm, or even much stiffness. My belly and my core feel like iron right now (I love having people poke me with a finger!). I can pop out of bed without a 20 minute warmup. I feel vigor and zest for life and sports. I feel like myself again. I am profoundly grateful to Alissa, and I urge you to work with her..."
“Raised the bar for what I can do.”
"Alissa is a really good teacher. She is caring but challenging, a combination between personal trainer and yoga/Pilates practitioner. Ever since I started taking her classes, I feel that I have raised the bar for what I can do. And after more than 10 years of taking yoga and two years of Pilates, my husband says he has finally found his core thanks to her weekly classes."
~ Debra, 55
“She has an infectious spirit.”
"Alissa offers a through knowledgeable, gentle, often really humorous and delightful therapy for me. I have pain in my hips, and she knows both instinctively and professionally how to help. The home exercises have relieved my pain when other physical therapies have not. She has an infectious spirit that helps me take delight in the process. Importantly, she give me visuals to help me break down any motion when I'm stuck or confused. She is prepared, knows what we'll work on each session, and helps me see progress. I couldn't recommend anyone more highly."
“Better after two sessions.”
"I just started working with Alissa and after two sessions I have felt so much better. I have had back problems for a while and thought to try Pilates to strengthen my core. I've been to so many different gyms but can't seem to get the hands on attention I need. Am I doing this right? Alissa walks you through each posture and makes sure you are doing it right every time, maximizing the workout. My booty is so sore!"
~ Lauren, 22
“Helped me through my third trimester.”
"I went to Alissa for help with the aches and pains associated with the third trimester of pregnancy, and was SO happy I did. Having never ventured into the world of Pilates before, she was patient with me and really tailored our private sessions to both my needs and skill level. Her guidance helped me work through my discomfort while giving me tools to further strengthen myself at home. Most importantly, she kept me happy and feeling good about myself throughout our training periods. She's truly a wonderful teacher!"
~ Laura, 29