Meet the Staff


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Nadia Rodriguez

Owner, Bodytonic Pilates
Certified Pilates Instructor

Nadia’s first experience with Pilates began in 1990, using mat exercises to cross condition for her dance training, and in 1995 using pilates equipment to rehabilitate dance related injuries. For her instructor training she studied under Jane Erskine, owner of one of the first Pilates studios in Seattle and daughter of famed ballerina and first director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Janet Reed. Nadia completed her instructor training in 2002 at the Pacific Northwest School of Pilates and is a registered instructor with the Pilates Method Alliance, an independent organization dedicated to protecting the public by establishing certification standards for Pilates professionals. She has developed a loyal following from her work teaching in Pilates & yoga studios, physical therapy clinics, & in personal home gyms. Nadia’s practice involves working with professional athletes to those recovering from injuries and the application of both classical and contemporary Pilates techniques.  Her philosophy prioritizes her client’s goals and desires while teaching them how to produce somatic longevity, efficiency, and balance.

In addition to Pilates, Nadia has over 30 years of professional experience in the movement field including gyrotonics, yoga, gymnastics, and both classical & modern dance. Prior to becoming a Pilates instructor she trained and danced professionally in both Seattle and NYC where she was a trainee with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Nadia holds a B.S in Physical Activity & Health from Eastern Oregon University and a certificate in Women’s Exercise Training and Wellness from Washington State University.


Jessica Shinn

Certified Pilates Instructor

Jessica is a certified Pilates instructor who completed her teacher training at Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco. She is a ballet dancer and teacher as well and has created her own ballet workout series to help tone the muscles, improve heart rate and strengthen the core. She is pleased to introduce this method to Bodytonic and hopes to help you reach your goals.


Alicia Slaughter

Certified Pilates Instructor

Alicia began studying pilates as a young ballet student. As a classically trained dancer, she received extensive coaching in  pilates and other forms of body conditioning to heighten her technique and flexibility. She has trained with Riverside Ballet Arts, Ballet Pacifica, BalletMet, Joffrey Ballet, Harvard Dance, and Boston Ballet, and danced professionally with California Riverside Ballet Arts and Intersect Dance Theatre, as well guest artisting for various companies across SoCal. Through her years as a dancer, Alicia recognized how well dance and pilates training complement each other. The physical conditioning of pilates improved her posture, muscle strength, flexibility, and also acted as injury prevention. Her passion for pilates grew as she recognized these positive effects, leading Alicia to undertake the comprehensive teacher training course through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) and become a certified instructor in 2015. Since teaching, Alicia has been privileged to share her love of pilates with others, and hopes to continue to inspire appreciation of pilates movement for all bodies.

 


Ellen Liang

Certified Pilates Instructor

Ellen believes that mindful and disciplined movement helps us live with ease in our bodies, cultivate equanimity and find freedom from limitations and pain.

She discovered Pilates in 2011, after teaching yoga since 2007. She received her certification in 2013 at Vitality Pilates in Seattle and has continued her education in the Stott method, completing courses in Injuries and Special Populations, Total Barre and Zenga (yoga on the Reformer).

Ellen is constantly seeking new ways to help people move more efficiently, creatively and therapeutically; and attain optimal mobility and alignment through body awareness. 

When not in a studio, Ellen enjoys travel, hiking, pickle ball and cooking healthy dishes.