Walking into a studio gives me life! I am so grateful to have discovered Pilates as a part of rehabilitation following a cervical disc herniation. Through my journey, I found a new way of movement that changed my life. I have learned how to heal myself and prevent injuries, and I want to share that with others. I am also a new mom, and have seen the benefits Pilates can bring to the pre- and postnatal stages of pregnancy. I have never felt stronger and more confident in my everyday life. I am excited to bring the same joy and benefits to clients.
I love sharing my knowledge of the body to assist others in becoming the best version of themselves. Pilates is truly for everyone and I enjoy inspiring my clients to work towards their goals. My aspiration is for clients to learn about their bodies and leave every class feeling strong and empowered. With this, I hope they gain a better understanding of the beautiful balance of control and freedom they can have in their bodies. Clients should feel ready to tackle the world!
My Pilates journey began as a grad student when I discovered a direct correlation between physical strength and mental fortitude. A great class puts the mind and body in touch in new ways, and the importance of nourishing both became clear. I love helping individuals use the Pilates method to gain flexibility, build strength, and achieve better posture. Pilates is for everybody! And this versatile system of exercises will deepen breathing, increase awareness of the body, and bring more ease in everyday movements. As a teacher I am passionate about helping people live healthier and more peaceful lives.
Practicing for over 15 years, Pilates seems like it has always been a part of my
life. As a young dancer, the art of Pilates naturally complimented my love for
movement. I always found it to be not just physically healing, but mentally as
well. Eager to learn more, I received my comprehensive certification in 2013
through Erika Bloom in NYC.
Studying anatomy and contrology through functional movement has helped me
gain a deeper understanding of my body. Noticing improvements in my posture, strength, flexibility, stability, mobility, balance, and coordination, I became even more dedicated to the practice. With benefits such as these, I wholeheartedly believe that Pilates is great for anyone and everyone. Pilates is not just another form of physical exercise, it teaches you how to be mindful of your body. With an eye for form and detail, I customize my sessions to meet my client’s individual needs, helping them access underused muscles and guiding them to a better alignment. I have experience working with pre/postnatal women, dancers, athletes, seniors, and those recovering from injuries. I’m passionate about educating my clients about how to discover their own mind-body connections for a happier, healthier, and pain-free life.
I am a life long dancer and started taking Pilates to strengthen my physical practice. Pilates helps organize my body the way nothing else does because it creates alignment, protects my joints, and significantly lengthens and tones the muscles that make me feel strong, centered and ready for any physical challenge.
Pilates was recommended to me by my doctor after I shattered the tibia and fibula of my right leg. After playing sports my whole life, I was formerly used to being active in fast and careless ways that often led to injuries. Pilates was the complete opposite; I found the mindful approach of Pilates refreshing and exciting. As I kept practicing, I not only noticed my joint pain and inflammation start to minimize, but I began to move more thoughtfully and gracefully in my daily life.
Miami native Jo Martinez’s wellness background began with bodywork, as she discovered an admiration for the healing arts at an early age. Upon moving to Brooklyn, Jo found a new passion in movement through Pilates. The subtleties yet strong mind & body connection in the method is what inspired her to train and eventually pursue a career as an instructor. Trained in a contemporary approach to the exercise system, while combining therapeutic fundamentals and functional training in unison. Her practice can be described as challenging yet soothing. A thorough, difficult class or private session with a strong focus on tactile cues, adjustments and form.