I find the dynamic stretching and strengthening of all body parts done in Essentrics quite beneficial. After a few months of 2 sessions a week with Jean, my legs are noticeably stronger in everyday activities. The most notable improvement to me has been in my posture, as I have been a lifelong sloucher. Even outside class away from Jean's watchful eye I am instinctively standing and sitter taller. My most stubborn area of stiffness has been my ribs and mid-back area, but even that has been gradually improving. Getting the exact form and correct movement with all the Essentrics exercises is very important toward getting the best results possible. I am very pleased to have Jean in my Fitness Universe; she readily points out all the details needed in each Essentrics exercise and is a great teacher.
R. H., Clearwater
I have been taking Pilates and Essentrics with Jean. I like the way Pilates helps me feel stronger and mindful of my posture, and I like how Essentrics stretches all my joints and muscles. Now I can bend, turn my neck, roll out of bed, jump up onto my truck's tailgate and crouch down to pick something up off the floor without any discomfort or pain. As Jean says, movement helps all our joints get well lubricated to meet the day's challenges. I used to have plantar fasciitis in my right foot and had to tape it before working out. I no longer tape my foot or feel any pain when walking thanks to the foot and toe stretches Jean taught me. Even though I am overweight, when I recently traveled to PA to visit my sister she told me that I look toned and taller.... yippee! Working with Jean is the best gift one can give herself! I am happy devotee of Jean’s Pilates and Essentrics and always get a fresh and challenging workout every time.
M.L.S., Palm Harbor
I've been working out with Jean 2 to 3 times a week for over 2 years, and I am in my late 50's. I had several physical issues when I first started: osteo-arthritis in both hips and recovering from a bulging disc in my lower back. My range of motion in my hips has greatly increased and I find I'm not so stiff when I get up after sitting. I am more physically active now than when I turned 50. I know I have to continue to exercise to keep pain away and that I can keep doing Pilates and Essentrics for a very long time. Bye-bye back problems – Jean has taught me how to protect my back when bending or lifting. I feel great! Thank you, Jean!!
A.S., Palm Harbor
When I began taking Jean’s Essentrics Aging Backwards class I had a lot of leg and knee pain and wasn't sure if I could to the entire class. When I started Essentrics I realized how tight my body actually was. With the relaxed and gentle movements I have I've loosened up my hips and joints and have less pain after 6 classes. I now look forward to moving my body and know how important it is to be active every day so I don’t get stiff again.
I live in Gallatin, Tennessee and I come to Palm Harbor for the six months of winter each year. I have attended Pilates classes in Gallatin for the last two summers and I wanted to stay active during the winter months, so this year I promised myself I was going to look for a Pilates teacher in Palm Harbor. I was glad that I found Jean. After a few lessons, I realized I wasn’t doing Pilates the right way….and Jean told me that it was just some muscle imbalances and she suggested I try one of her Essentrics classes to help rebalance my body and improve my flexibility. After I started taking Essentrics and Pilates, I noticed how much I needed both Pilates and Essentrics. After working with Jean for a few months, I have really changed my shape, and I love the way my waistline has shrunk! I feel stronger than I have ever been and I feel taller each day when I leave the class. Plus, when I started working with Jean I had Morton's Neuroma in my right foot. It was slowly healing but still painful depending on how I moved it. Jean taught me how to strengthen my foot muscles and even though it is not completely healed yet, it has improved so much that for the most part I am not in pain anymore! I’m going to miss Jean’s Pilates and Essentrics classes when I move back to Tennessee!
J.S., Palm Harbor
I love taking Essentrics with Jean. Training with someone who is as passionate and knowledgeable as Jean makes all the difference. Since taking Essentrics classes with Jean my posture has improved and I am much more limber. I have a lot of issues with my feet and constant lower back pain, both of which have tremendously improved. Jean is very positive and motivating.
L.S., Palm Harbor
I have been a Personal Training client and Pilates Client of Jean’s for 7 years taking 2 private sessions every week. When I first started working out with Jean my spine was not very mobile and my low back was stiff. I always worked out at the gym, but my Pilates sessions with Jean have helped me get rid of life long back pain. I look forward to my private sessions every week with Jean and I like the fact that I can take a Pilates Mat class and Essentrics too which give me the stretching I really need.
T.C., Palm Harbor
Essentrics is a great stretch relieving my stiff joints of tension and tightness. I am so grateful for Jean’s Essentrics classes and all the benefits it offers.
V.M. Tarpon Springs