About

Jessica Valant

I’m Jessica. I’m a physical therapist and a Pilates teacher. I am a wife, a business owner and a mom. I am an endometriosis and infertility navigator. I am a business coach, movement educator and teacher trainer.

I believe there is power in movement and that movement is power. This includes actual physical movement as well as movement of the mind and changing of our beliefs about ourselves.

I believe that movement SHOULD NOT be painful, frustrating or embarassing.

I believe movement SHOULD BE freeing. I believe it should be fun. I believe it should be empowering, encouraging and inspiring.

I believe when we feel strong and free in our own bodies we can start to be more kind to ourselves. When we are more kind to ourselves, we can then be more kind to others. There is a ripple of love that is born in the world when we can finally show ourselves a little grace, patience and freedom to be ourselves.

My “office” happens to be an exercise mat and my tools are Pilates equipment and props, but the work we are doing here is real and important.

I don’t dare to assume that my workout videos will change the world, but I truly hope they help to inspire at least one person to believe in themselves and their ability to move in the world around them while having at least a little bit of fun in the process.

I believe in movement with heart and I believe in you.

 

What You Should Know About Me

I’ve been a physical therapist and Pilates teacher for almost 20 years and I love it more every day. When they say chose something you would do even if you never got paid, this is it for me. I’m a lucky girl to do what I am passionate about.

I have a five year old daughter and nine month old son with my amazing husband. This little family of mine is my biggest love and pride in the entire universe. I can’t quite separate my roll as a mom from everything else I do because it has become a filter through which I see everything else. I want to help make the world a better place because of them. (I also want more sleep because of them, but that’s what coffee is for).

I have stage 4 endometriosis with a frozen pelvis. I was first diagnosed in 2005 and have had two abdominal surgeries since then (you can read more here and here). We had our daughter naturally and then went through two rounds of IVF before getting pregnant with our son. I also have a bladder prolapse after a gnarly labor with our daughter and lots of inaccurate post baby exercise advice. Because of all of these issues, I’m extremely passionate about women’s health and helping women feel empowered in their own bodies. I also am indescribably grateful for the chance to have children after going through infertility battles for years. If you are there now, I see you, I feel you and I am holding so much space for you in my heart.

My husband and I lived in Hawaii for eight years and it’s my happiest of happy places. We now are back in our hometown of Denver, which I’m lucky to also love, but Hawaii has my heart. The snow does not.

We are the founders of Momentum Fest, a three day Pilates and movement festival. It’s all of my dreams come true and you should come.

I love coffee. And champagne. But coffee wins.

 

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Where To Start

MOVEMENT – Jessica Valant Pilates offers movement to serve you wherever you are in your journey. There are free short workouts and tutorials offered on this website and on my Youtube channel. When you are ready for a more in depth movement practice and commitment to yourself, join my flagship program UNLIMITED.

WOMENS HEALTH – I offer special workouts and resources for pregnancy, postpartum, endometriosis, IVF and more.

TEACHERS – PostPartum Fitness is an online workshop available here for PMA CEC’s. I also provide business coaching, specifically in the area of selling your studio, and teach CEC workshops across the country. Contact me if you are interested in hosting a workshop or course.

Thank you for being here and sharing this space with me. It’s time we all believe in ourselves a little more. It’s time we move with more love, more patience, more laughter, more joy and more heart.

 

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 and founder of Momentum Fest, a three day Pilates and movement festival.

She has worked with thousands of clients of 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 on individuals and online content while also staying home with her babies.

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 been named a top 10 finalist in the 2015 Pilates Anytime Next Instructor Contest and a Creator on the Rise by YouTube. She teaches popular workshops and courses to other health care professionals and Pilates instructors.

She is married to her best friend and their days are spent wrangling two young kids, spending time outdoors, living their passion through work and drinking coffee. She lives in Denver with her family.

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21 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

  9. My back went out in May of this year, and I learned that I developed a case of scoliosis after many years of sitting at a desk. It was quite painful. I went to a wonderful chiropractor who helped me tremendously. Then we moved out of state. I haven’t found another chiropractor yet. But my back started hurting again. Though I now have a standing desk. I realized I need to start my exercises the dr recommended. I couldn’t find his paperwork with instructions but remembered dabbling in Pilates years ago. So I jumped on YouTube and found your video for Pilates for scoliosis. I loved it. I’ve been doing the video almost every day. I even watched your other videos but haven’t had the time to really do them. Your explanations are great. You have a great gift in this. I look forward to watching and doing more videos. Even joining the boot camp. Keep up the good. :). (p.s. And in the last 2 weeks, I can already feel the difference.)

  10. I can’t thank you enough for putting up those wonderful videos of workout. I had myomectomy last year but I am still having a fibroid growing. I am following your programs. The only thing I need to ask is it very important to be strictly off from desserts,bakery,coffee. I find it so hard to deal with it. Can you please help.

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