About

My name is Jessica Valant, MSPT, PMA-CPT. Those fancy letters after my name mean that I’m a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor. The fact that I turn 40 years old very soon (ahhhh!!) means I’ve been doing this a very long time.

Seventeen years to be exact.

In that time I’ve helped countless people embrace a more full and enjoyable life due to improved health.

Jessica Valant

I love Pilates and have a passion for what it can do in people’s lives. It is my favorite tool as a physical therapist and the primary thing I’ve found to cause permanent changes in a person’s body and fitness.

I teach clients and students through my workouts and online membership program, and I work with other Pilates teachers and health care professionals through my workshops and continuing education classes.

While I’m a PT and Pilates teacher by training, I’m a personal trainer, cheerleader, motivational coach, meal planner, food lover, endometriosis patient, business owner, rockstar wife and preschool mom by life experience.

I was never a dancer or elite athlete. I was just a girl who wanted to feel better, look my best, find relief from my endometriosis, be strong after having a baby and help my clients.

I have Pilates to thank for that.

I want to share what I’ve learned about living a healthy and fit life because I believe healthy women are empowered women. Empowered women are strong women.

And strong women can change the world.

My Story

I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist when I was 14 years old and saw the movie “Regarding Henry” with Harrison Ford. I committed myself to that goal and received my PT license in 2000. I got my first job at an orthopedic outpatient clinic who happened to be adding Pilates to their services.

I didn’t know what Pilates was, but figured I would learn.

I had no idea how much that one decision would change the course of my life.

I was trained by Lise Stoltz and Dav Cohen through Polestar Pilates later that year. This was back when Pilates was just reaching the mainstream and PT clinics were starting to add Pilates programs to their services. I went on to manage and open Pilates programs for various physical therapy clinics in and around Denver.

In 2006 my hubby and I decided we were ready for some fun in the sun. We packed our bags and dogs and said good-bye to the cold weather of the mountains and hello to beautiful Hawaii.

It was love at first site between me and the islands, but the Pilates and PT options were few and far between. There was no one place I could work on Oahu that combined physical therapy with a full service Pilates studio.

So in 2006, I opened one.

Harmony Pilates and Physical Therapy grew to two locations, 19 staff members and became the premiere source of Pilates and outpatient physical therapy in Hawaii in the eight years I owned it. I never thought I would leave and figured I would own and manage the studios until I was 90 years old in my rocker near the beach.

Then we had our daughter and my world was rocked in the best possible way.

I didn’t think before having a baby that I would want to be a full time mom, but that is exactly what happened. I realized quickly that I couldn’t give my studios, staff or clients my full attention while also nursing and changing diapers around the clock.

Some people definitely can, but I wasn’t one of them.

It was an agonizing decision to make, but in 2016 I sold Harmony to a wonderful person who had the time to make it the priority it should be.

So that left me with a desire to be a mom first, but my continued unbridled passion for physical therapy, Pilates, teaching, healing, educating, empowering and moving.

What’s a girl to do?

Open another business, of course :).

Jessica Valant Pilates, LLC, came about from my desire to find a way to give my clients amazing home workouts, introduce new people to Pilates, encourage and empower people to be healthy, educate and teach workshops to fellow instructors and continue to do what I love.

All while changing diapers, making snacks, reading stories, coloring and buckling car seats all day.

It’s not always an easy balance, but it’s one that works for me and allows me to prioritize and stay sane (kind of :). True balance is a myth. You find the balance that works for YOU and YOUR life on any given day. As long as you fall asleep at night happy and satisfied, then you’ve done a good job.

 

My Loves:

My husband, my daughter, Pilates, the sound of a champagne cork popping, the sun, God, chocolate covered anything, Hawaii, coffee, workouts that make me shake, hot showers every morning, singing, morning cuddles with my girl under the blankets, hearing from clients who accomplish a big goal, hugs.

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Professional Bio

Jessica graduated from Regis University in Denver with her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2000. She received her Pilates training inJessica Valant Pilates 2001 through Polestar Pilates and is a Certified Pilates Teacher under the Pilates Method Alliance. She is also a Board Member of the PMA.

She has worked with thousands of clients with different backgrounds, ages, injuries and abilities, to help them reach their ultimate health goals.

She opened Harmony Pilates and Physical Therapy in Kailua, HI, in 2006. It quickly grew into the biggest dual physical therapy clinic and Pilates studio in Hawaii and was named the Best Pilates Studio in Hawaii by Honolulu Magazine in 2010. She sold the studios in 2016 in order to focus exclusively on Jessica Valant Pilates.

Jessica is recognized as a leader in the Pilates industry. She has a successful fitness DVD series, YouTube channel, membership site and blog. She has also been named a top 10 finalist in the 2015 Pilates Anytime Next Instructor Contest, and teaches popular workshops and courses to other health care professionals and Pilates instructors.

Jessica writes at Jessica Valant Pilates, LifeHack and various blogging platforms.

She is married to her best friend and spends most of her time chasing after and loving on their preschool aged daughter. She lives in Southern California with her family.

19 comments on “About

  1. I have to say that your videos for scoliosis are absolutely amazing. Awesome! I found them on you tube and since I have been doing the exercises everyday I feel just so much better, stronger, in control. I had felt that I had lost control of my life because of continuing back problems but the very first time I did one of the exercise routines I felt better. I have continued to do the exercises almost every day along with a healthy lifestyle and feel, I’ll say it again, amazing! Thank you Jessica so much!

    • Margaret – Thank you so much for the kind words and I’m glad you are enjoying the videos! That’s so great that you are feeling better already. Congratulations on doing the work and starting to feel better! Jessica

  2. Dear Jessica,

    Your beginner videos have been so helpful to me! I have worked through them all and for the first time was able to do lateral breathing correctly!

    This was a major achievement for me as I have been struggling with this for quite some time. I also really enjoyed your scoliosis video, I have been struggling with chronic neck and back pain and this video is great to relieve the pain. I also have lordotic posture, which is something I picked up through doing Pilates.

    I love your videos and I love how much you love Pilates.

    I also really enjoy your March Madness video based on Joe Pilates’ original exercises.

    Thank you so much for sharing your videos with us! They have truly made a big difference in my life.

    Aimee.

  3. Hi Jessica – I have come back to Pilates after a 5 year break and I can’t believe that I ever stopped. I remember my whole body shape changing after doing sessions for 6 months and I look forward to getting back to that again. Your beginner videos have been so helpful in reminding me of the basics, breathing and positioning and I have already started to feel tightened up!! Am so excited …….. thank you for helping me to get back into good form.

  4. Wish I could find that free ‘favourite pilates’ video you keep talking about in your videos! I’ve become obsessed with your amazing videos and after only a few days of pilates I can already feel the impact!

    • Natalie,
      I’m glad you like the videos and I’m happy to help! Where do you keep hearing about the favorites video? If it’s in the 3 Part Video Series, then the link to the workout video was included in the emails you got after signing up for the 3 part video series. Does that make sense? 🙂 If it’s not there, just tell me where you keep hearing about it and I’ll find the link for you!

  5. I have been trying to find a PT that teaches Pilates for so long! Just finished your beginner Pilates videos on YouTube and going to start the 2 week free workout guide on Monday. I am a full time caregiver for my 85 year old Mother and need to have access to great workouts at home right now. Also, struggling with chronic hip and low back issues. Finding you is definitely an answer to prayer.

  6. Hi Jessica,

    I discovered you, your website and your story last year and somehow you brought hope and courage into my life. I am from Romania, English is not my native language, so please excuse my inherent English mistakes.
    Last week I underwent surgery for endometriosis for the fourth time (!). However I am in a pretty good shape and I would like to start exercising again. Do you think I could start pilates/yoga in 2 weeks after the surgery?

    Ioana

    • Iona – Thank you for sharing your story and I’m sorry about your surgeries! It’s nice to hear you are feeling better. I really would ask your doctor first. My doctor said “Do what feels good” :). So I personally just started slow with some stretching, and slowly added walking and strengthening. As long as your doctor approves exercise at 2 weeks you should be good if you listen to your body and stop with pain. Take care!

  7. Hello from Amman, Jordan. You are a true inspiration and thank you for making Pilates accessible for every one. Just wanted to let you know that people here in Jordan are lovin’ your youtube classes. 🙂 You should come and visit, we have great food here.

  8. Hi Jessica, I have enjoyed your scoliosis videos as well. Do you have any scoliosis exercise with weights? I would love to be able to alternate between exercising with weights and Pilates for scoliosis. Thanks,Sue

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