Balanced Place

Balanced Place Founder, Nanci Bogart Besser

Nanci Bogart Besser, MA, earned her undergraduate degree from UC Davis and studied dance and movement for ten years. She holds a master's degree in Psychology, has worked as a life coach, and is certified by Golden Gate University in the art of conflict resolution and mediation.

She is a graduate and a certified instructor of the prestigious Turning Point Studio's extensive Instructor Training Program, led by Nora St. John. Nanci completed course work in Anatomy, Mat, Reformer, Apparatus, and an intensive series of courses focusing on rehabilitation techniques incorporating the Pilates method entitled 'Movement Medicine.' She is also certified on the pelvic stability tool, 'Elvis/Body Key,’ through the Center of Movement and ArtForm, under the Body Code System.

Nanci’s own experience of practicing Pilates for rehabilitation from physical injuries, resulting from a car accident, compelled her to share what has now been defined as "Somatognostics™," a unique path to wellness and healing, with others. Overcoming her past physical challenges, coupled with detailed academic and practical studies of the mind and body, enables her to offer genuine empathy to each of her clients and create dynamic Pilates and movement programs to fit their specific needs. Her specialties include working with clients with chronic pain: joint instability, muscular imbalances, alignment issues, back weakness, sports-specific training and overall wellness and fitness goals.

Nanci’s mission is to share the transformative power of "Pilates and Somatognostics™" with every last one of her clients in order for each one to experience a similar, dramatic, physical, mental and spiritual improvement in his or her daily life. She’s been recently featured in various media outlets as an expert in her practices including: SoCal Scene Magazine, First for Women, Singlewoman.tv and was also selected to join an elite group of 125 women entrepreneurs featured in the CRAVE LA book.

When not working with clients or in her studio, Nanci can be found exploring the beautiful hiking trails of Southern California or reading a book at the beach. She currently resides in the North Hollywood Arts District, CA, close to her Balanced Place studio.