JESSIE LEE

“As a movement specialist with more than 25 years of experience, I have seen people achieve their goals and greatest wishes, or simply make their everyday living functional again. This is what gives me the greatest pleasure and motivation in my job as a teacher. This is my passion, passing on the joy of movement and the freedom in life to do what you want to do.”

Jessie is of Danish/English nationality. She has since 1987 gained extensive knowledge and experience with Pilates and rehabilitation through her own experience as a professional dancer with injuries. She teaches people from all walks of life, ranging from elite athletes and dancers, to clients with rehabilitation issues, veterans with severe movement impediments and anybody who wishes to improve their health and reach their full movement potential.

Owner of Copenhagen Pilates Studio since 2000, where she teaches Pilates and GYROTONIC® and movement rehabilitation. Jessie is also co-founder of The Danish Wounded Warrior Program and part of the Health team at the Royal Danish Ballet.

Jessie is a fully certified Pilates instructor with Alan Herdman Pilates Studios, London since 1996. Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor since 2000 and 2003. Certified Core Align instructor in 2013. In 2010 she passed the certification program from Balanced Body “Passing the torch Mentorship program” with Master Pilates instructor Elizabeth Larkam. Jessie continues to participate in extensive ongoing educational training.

She is passionate about integrating Pilates in different exercise programs and teaching the diversity and adaptability of Pilates. This led to a collaboration with the main hospital in Copenhagen, where she in 2010 founded “Danish Wounded Warriors Project” together with ballet dancer Josee Bowman and supported by Royal Danish Ballet Foundation. A voluntary program that helps rehabilitate injured Soldiers returning from Afghanistan. She was awarded the medal of honor from the Danish society of Military Medicine in 2010 and The Anders Lassen award in 2012 for her humanitarian efforts in rehabilitating the wounded soldiers.

In 2015 the Danish Wounded Warrior Project received an award from the Arts and health Society in London and were invited to speak at a hearing on arts and health at The Houses of Parliament UK.

Since 2012 she is one of the pioneers of “Heroes in Motion” which is an international program supported by the Pilates Method Alliance. The program provides support and inspiration for Pilates instructors who wish to use Pilates in rehabilitating clients with multiple injuries.

Jessie is also an author of a Pilates and Nutrition book published in Denmark 2008, and has lectured and held workshops on Pilates and its application in rehabilitation programs at symposiums and international conferences including: Pilates Method Alliance Conference in 2011 and 2014 as well as the 12th EFFORT Orthopedic Congress in Denmark.

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