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Jillian Hessel

I am a retired ballet dancer. My passion is health & fitness, and helping people get into the best shape of their lives1 Pilates saved me form terrible back pain when I was a professional dancer, and I have been teaching for over 28 years. also love skiing, swimming, hiking and yoga. I still dance, and love teaching my new fitness fusion class to music, Dance-ilates!

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Two Great Pilates Foot-Training Tools

April 22, 2014

Joseph Pilates designed two spring-loaded tools for strengthening and maintaining mobility in the ankles, feet and toes. His foot corrector and toe tensometer may not be the best-known Pilates devices, but today’s rapidly evolving exercise industry offers many solid reasons to give these clever tools a second look.

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The Spine Corrector and Pilates Arc

December 13, 2013

The Pilates spine corrector (also known as the step barrel, or Pilates arc) is a small, adaptable Pilates apparatus that can enhance any workout. In this article, we’ll explore different types of arcs and suggest various uses for each piece. Most clients love the variety of exercises the arc accommodates, and they also enjoy the extra mind-body challenge when a familiar mat exercise is transferred to the arc’s rounded surface.

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Pilates: Using the Magic Circle

May 22, 2013

The Pilates magic circle is a versatile, portable and affordable piece of resistance equipment. Originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself, it can enhance just about any workout routine. Clients love using a new prop, and it’s a fun way to refocus wandering attention. Before you introduce the magic circle to your students, be aware of the different types on the market today; they vary in weight, dimensions and resistance.

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The Magic Circle

March 14, 2013

The Pilates magic circle is a versatile, portable and affordable piece of resistance equipment. Originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself, it can enhance just about any workout routine.

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