About Us

Core Balance Movement was founded by Melissa Poplaski, certified Massage Therapist and Movement Therapist with 20+ years experience in Pilates, Yoga, Strength and Conditioning.  Our mission is to support healing, nourishing and liberating movement to help people move more efficiently with greater ease and less stress on the body.  

Our Story

Melissa Poplaski (Founder)

I have always loved challenging myself and learning new things. One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is that exercise is medicine. When done safely, exercise can be extremely rewarding, and everyone can enjoy its positive results.

Growing up in southern California, I spent most of my time outdoors exploring and competing in athletic events. With all the wear and tear I placed on my body without any core training, it was only a matter of time before I had my first ACL knee surgery. It wasn’t until I literally was forced to re-learn how to walk again through countless hours of physical therapy that I begin to consciously think about the relationship between mind and body. For so many years, I was trained to make my movements quick, powerful, explosive and clean without really understanding how my body was designed to move naturally at the joints. I used to think if I only learned how to force my body into a position, then with time and practice I would naturally achieve my goal … meanwhile, I was neglecting the physiological signs of over-training and was straining my body.

I am happy to say that I have since learned first-hand the value of stopping to acknowledge what might seem like everyday aches and pains, and questioning what might be causing them, instead of ignoring the symptoms and continuing to train. Typically in western medicine we are taught to use medication to silence the symptoms our bodies are sending us, but if we never take the time to understand how our bodies are designed to function, then we continue to repeat the same movement patterns with poor posture and lack of body awareness, ultimately leading to a chronic injury (or injuries).

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology from Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy from University of Malta (2023)
    • Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery PWR!Moves® Certified Therapist
    • American Bone Health Osteoporosis Speaker
    • US Rowing Coach (levels I & II)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) from the United States
    • Graston Technique Trained
    • Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)
    • Craniosacral Therapy
    • Cupping
  • Yoga Teacher RYT 200
    • Yin Yoga
    • Restorative Yoga
    • Kids’ Yoga
  • National Pilates Certification Teacher
    • Polestar Comprehensive Pilates Instructor
    • Balanced Body University Comprehensive Pilates Instructor
    • Oov Fundamentals & Apparatus
    • CoreAlign
  • DONNA Doula (Pre/Postnatal)
  • Lactation Educator

Areas of Specialty

  • Neuro Rehab
  • Concussive Injury
  • Pelvic Floor Health
  • Pre/Post Rehab
  • Prenatal/ Postpartum
    • Doula Care
    • Lactation Educator
  • Osteoporosis/ Osteopenia
  • Scoliosis

Our Team

Emma Bray

Inspiring Pilates Teacher with 17 years of experience offering a variety of inclusive teaching techniques. Emma offers superb motivation to ensure customer satisfaction and upholds an exceptional industry reputation.

Emma holds certifications in Nutrition, Counseling & Scaravelli Yoga all of which are used in her work with Detox retreats, Corporate sector clients and private individuals. Offering a truly holistic approach to wellness.

Joel Dimech

Enthusiastic Physiotherapist with experience in one-to-one personal training and strength and conditioning programs. He has experience working abroad with acute and chronic conditions, locally in the healthcare sector and in private gyms. One of his main aims is to get people moving more and help them to be a better version of themselves.