I came to the Pilates method injured and frustrated. I had a herniated disc that was hampering my dancing plans, showing up just weeks before a scheduled audition for a masters program in dance. Through Pilates and body work alone I sailed through my injury in time to pursue an MFA just 8 months later. I can confidently attest to the transformative potential of this method. 

 

I began teaching in 2006 , receiving my certification from Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek. There I had the honor to study with Nora St. Jean and Naomi Leiserson in the Dance Medicine approach to Pilates-based rehabilitation (originated at the St. Francis Sports Medicine clinic in the 1980s and 90s). These women are two of my Pilates heroes. I worked for several years at a chiropractic office, supporting client rehabilitation and helping individuals develop the strength to hold their adjustments. In addition I have certifications in Pilates for Scoliosis with Karen Clippinger and Perinatal Pilates with Stephanie Forster.

 

Over the years my work has expanded beyond the classical Pilates repertoire and I frequently incorporate principles from Fascial Movement Training, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method, hatha yoga, Axis Syllabus, and neurology. In all my teaching I draw on the body wisdom gained from years of dance training.

 

My practice is fat-friendly, POC-friendly, gender non-conforming friendly, and welcomes people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Contact me if you would like to pursue private study but require financial assistance. 

 

In addition to my work as a Pilates instructor, I am also a grain-free baking aficionado, independent dance artist, and mama. 

Jessica Damon

MFA, Certified Pilates Instructor

Wingspan Movement & Wellness © 2020 / Call 415.418.8357 / jessica@wingspanmovement.com