My vision for Perfect Balance has evolved from my experiences as a patient recovering from my own injuries, and as a growing practitioner.
Struggling to recover after an auto accident, I endured pain and headaches for many, many years. While pursuing a performing arts career in professional dance, I began to have more problems. Following a recommendation from a mentor, I was fortunate to experience several complementary therapies in the healing arts and somatic disciplines. This is when my healing journey began.
I began to transition to a new career by studying several modalities which were of immense value in my healing. In 1997 I graduated from a four year Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program in Berkeley, where I learned movement education and therapy. Next I became licensed by the State Board of Florida to practice Neuromuscular Therapy and Massage, followed by certification as a Pilates teacher in California.
Because of the complementary modalities and Pilates, I now enjoy my life without constant pain. It feels like a wonderful gift was shared with me, and this learning has been the way to better health.
My joy is to share what I know to help others.
My background includes working with Healthwell Physical Therapy and A Body of Work, both in San Francisco. In Walnut Creek my work continued with the offices of Frances Langley D.C. and the Center For Sports Medicine (St. Francis Hospital) in Walnut Creek.
• B.A. in Dance, University of Texas
• Certified Pilates Instructor
• Licensed Massage Therapist
• Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
• Movement Educator & Somatic Practitioner
• Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner
Amy DeLong-Martin is a certified Pilates instructor, Dancer and Reiki Practitioner. She was certified in Pilates by the Ellie Herman studio, and has extensive training on all of the Pilates equipment. She has also been certified in pre and post-natal Pilates instruction. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Amy holds degrees in Dance and Spanish. After college, Amy performed professionally and taught dance for many years.
In addition to Dance and Pilates, Amy has trained in Martial Arts, Yoga, and Body Mind Centering.
Amy enjoys working with all ages and abilities, and she looks forward to creating a tailored workout just for you.
Deborah is a licensed Acupuncturist with over 25 years of experience. Starting in the medical field in 1978, she worked with Russian speaking immigrants as an interpreter/medical liason for Beth Israel Harvard teaching hospital. She subsequently studied Shiatsu at the Kushi Institute, followed by her study of Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture. She has also studied in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Deborah combines acupuncture, shiatsu acupressure, natural supplements and herbal/dietary therapies to help individuals regain health and well being. She also teaches Shiatsu and Traditional Oriental Medicine workshops in the Bay Area.
Areas of special interest and expertise include women’s health (hormonal imbalances, pregnancy, and menopausal complaints), pain syndromes, headaches, musculoskeletal pain, immune system and respiratory problems (allergies, asthma, fatigue, weakened immune system and autoimmune illness).
Please contact Deborah at 925-952-9688 extension 3.
CMT & REIKI MASTER
Suzan is a professional massage therapist, Reiki Master and Intuitive Healer. She graduated from the New York Institute of Massage in 2006. She is a licensed in New York and certified in California. Her education and years of “hands on” experience give her the wisdom and skills to create a session that is personalized to your specific needs.
Her education and skills are important components to personalizing your massage experience. In addition to 1000 hours of training she received in modalities such as Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and Pre Natal Massage; she also has advanced training in Myofascial Release Therapy, Oncology Massage, Chakra Balancing and Reiki. To stay at the top of her profession, she continues to take educational courses. Continuing to develop her natural abilities is also important to Suzan, so that you can have the perfect session to meet your healing needs. She is very dedicated to bringing professionalism, compassion and knowledge to the table and looks forward to empowering you to enjoy a healthier more relaxed life!
Megan Fenske is part alchemist, part showgirl, and part anatomy nerd. After a series of injuries took her away from dance, rock climbing and cycling, Megan plunged into her physical healing journey with Pilates and has been hooked ever since. She takes delight not only in the mechanical workings of the human body, but also fascinates on the interconnectedness of our physical & emotional selves, and the powerful way that creativity & movement come together. Pilates has been instrumental in her life for its ability to heal her injuries, its transformative effect on her relationship with her own body, and providing a formula for growing through and overcoming weaknesses and making the impossible happen. Megan is known for teaching with warmth, empathy and enthusiastic playfulness, and she brings that playfulness to pretty much everything else.