Jillian Hessel Pilates

Jillian traces her Pilates “lineage” back to Joseph Pilates himself through her teachers Kathy Grant, Carola Trier, and Ron Fletcher, who learned directly from Pilates at his original studio in New York City. Through this rarified pedigree, Jillian is regarded as a second-generation Pilates teacher in direct succession from Joseph Pilates himself. She has trained and many Pilates teachers over the years, and as a faculty member taught Pilates to dance students at the California Institute for the Arts from 1993 to 2005. She is a regular presenter at the annual Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and Inner Idea conferences, as well as at many private studios throughout the country and internationally. Jillian holds a Certificate from U.C.L.A. Extension as a Health/Fitness Instructor, and also is certified through American College of Sports Medicine (A.C.S.M.). In addition, she is a certified Personal Trainer through American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.). She is on the Advisory Board for Pilates Stye magazine, and helped the Pilates Method Alliance to develop an International Exam for Pilates Teachers that will help ensure safety, competence, ethics, respect, and professionalism in the industry.

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