Metamorphosis Pilates Center is pleased to feature Debbie Jump in our Instructor Spotlight. Debbie teaches Pilates Mat Classes, Reformer Classes and Nia™. She also teaches private sessions on the Pilates equipment and is a certified wellness coach. To register for her classes go to the Class Schedule tab on the website. To schedule a private session contact Debbie directly by using the Contact Us form on our website or call her at (319) 654-6444.
Debbie shares her inspiration of the joy of movement:
I developed the desire to share the joy of movement over thirty years ago when I became an aerobics dance instructor at the YWCA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Moving to music made me feel good and healthy. I was determined to inspire others to experience the same benefits. I continued to teach aerobics and step classes at the Mercy Fitness Center.
Yoga came to Cedar Rapids and I became intrigued by the idea of “body mind” exercise. I planned to get certified to teach yoga but one day in 1999, I saw a poster advertising STOTT Pilates training with Rise Karns Stokstad. My ship set sail and I’ve been teaching Pilates ever since.
I practice Pilates and Yoga to this day but in 2006 I was struck by a desire to move my body through space and dance again. I took my first Nia™ class in Fairfield, Iowa with Rolf Erickson. I found it magical and exactly what I was looking for. I simply love Nia™. It is both a fitness practice and life style for me.
Every experience we have impacts the body energetically and affects the body’s design and alignment. Through the gifts of sensation and awareness we can make choices that lead to the experience of the joy of being in a body. As a teacher and wellness coach, I use the tools of Pilates and Nia™ to guide my students to connect with sensation and increase their awareness of the body mind connection . With dedication and practice, this awareness leads to better alignment for dynamic ease and improved flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability in not only the physical body but in the mental, emotional and spiritual parts of ourselves, too.
Anyone who knows me will tell you, my passion is teaching, but I am happy and grateful to have recently celebrated my twentieth year working at a local printing company. I am blessed to have many gifted and brave friends, partners, teachers and students who inspire me every day to keep moving despite my busy schedule. When I am not working or teaching, I enjoy nothing more than being nourished by nature, anything creative and spending time with my dear family, friends and pets! My future goals involve traveling, learning, creating, growing and sharing.