Meet the Instructor - Jessica

Tell us about yourself / your family:
I was recently married in the fall of 2016. In addition to my new husband, I have two dogs, a shy great pyreenes named Freckles and a pomeranian named Tucker.  

Did you grow up in Seattle / how did you end up here? 

I grew up in Stockton, CA and moved to Seattle in 2003 to attend Seattle University. I liked it so much that I decided to stay. Eleven years later, I'm back at Seattle U working on my MBA.   

Why did you start practicing Pilates?
I started racing triathlon in 2004 and soon afterwards began experiencing all the chronic aches and pains that come with racing. After visiting my orthopedic doctor for low back pain, I learned that I had an extra lumbar vertebrae (L6) also called a lumbarized sacrum. He told me I was doomed to a life of back pain and that I should stop racing immediately.

I found his solution ridiculous so I found a physical therapist to work with so I could continue to pursue my dream of becoming a pro-triathlete. We worked together for 6 months developing my core strength and she then suggested I check out STOTT Pilates. After my first session, I was hooked! It was a great way to keep up the work I had been doing with the Physical Therapist while also correcting any imbalances from triathlon training without taking away from my ability to train. 

In addition to the physical benefits, I also enjoyed the positive mental affects like improved focus and mindfulness when things got tough with racing/training.  I'm glad I didn't listen to that doctor because I went to the International Triathlon Union Age-Group World Championships in 2005 and received local sponsorship in 2006. 

Favorite food / or favorite restaurant-  

Lettuce wrapped burger and fries with mayo! My fave restaurants are Brouwer's and Little Woody's. For an extra special celebration, I'll head to Ma'Ono in West Seattle and get the gluten-free fried chicken. I have quite a few foods that I don't eat since I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's but that doesn't stop me from eating delicious food. I'm an excellent resource for all delicious things gluten free, soy free, dairy free and high fod-maps foods as well 

Favorite wine?

I'm not much of a wine-o, more of a tequila or whiskey gal. My go-to whisky is High West Campfire and my favorite Saturday night beverage is a well made Manhattan. 

Why did you become a Pilates teacher?   
I wanted to help people improve their lives through movement and feeling better in their bodies. 

Describe emerald city pilates in three words. 

Fun, smart, strong   

Do you have a favorite "type" of student when you teach Pilates?   

My favorite students are the one's who incorporate what they learn in their sessions into their activities of daily life. Pilates is an opportunity to learn how to use your body as it was designed to be used, and when you take these lessons beyond the studio, the positive results can be life-changing. 

I also like working with spinal abnormalities and anomalies since I happen to have one myself.  

If you could go anywhere in the world -- where would you want to visit? 

I'd love to go back to Sayulita, Mexico but also want to visit Croatia and Bora Bora so I can stay in one of those cool huts that's over the water. I'm addicted to ocean swimming!! :)

What are your favorite ways to incorporate movement into your life in addition to Pilates? 

I LOVE to swim. I'm good at it and it works well with my special spine and Hashimoto's. I've also been enjoying aerial yoga but make sure to modify exercises so it works for my body. The inversion component feels great on my body and all the flipping is super cool!