“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” – Joseph Pilates
Joanna’s spontaneous love of movement drew her towards the modes of art, dance, and gymnastics, enjoying the freedom of tumbling through the air and moving through space. After a stint as an artist, spending hours sitting at an easel or held in one position, making sculptures, her childhood scoliosis worsened and she sought different treatments for the pain. From physiotherapists and chiropractors, the relief was temporary. Various activities such as yoga and aerial inversions helped but she was really impressed when she started Pilates. Her instructor was able to pinpoint exactly which muscles were imbalanced and needed to work more, giving instantaneous results. The scientific basis of research for Pilates inspired her to take it up as a career, to better help people ease discomfort and find freedom in any field of movement.
Joanna believes in empowering her students with self-awareness. She advocates listening to your body, and knowing what feels good for you. For her, enjoying the process of developing mind-body awareness and learning how to move freely in life is more important than any set end goal.
Certified in Comprehensive Studio Pilates by Polestar Pilates, USA
BFA Parsons the New School of Design
BA Philosophy Eugene Lang College