Jessica Schultz is a fully certified Peak Pilates™ teacher located in Northeast Portland. She has been called "One of Portland's most qualified certified instructors" by PDX Magazine. Her studio is located in the Central Eastside Lofts at 127 NE 6th, at the corner of 6th and Couch. Individual and semi-private pilates instruction is provided in a warm and private studio environment, on Peak™ equipment. Jessica Schultz Pilates is unlike any studio in Portland in that it is based on a small, client-focused model. Unlike other studios that have multiple instructors and need to see many bodies each hour, Jessica Schultz Pilates functions as a small, personalized studio where clients are at home with their bodies and their instructor. Because of this small studio model, clients can take advantage of some of the most competitive rates and best equipment in Portland without sacrificing quality of instruction.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pilates?
Created by Joseph H. Pilates (1880-1967), Pilates is first and foremost exercise. Designed to create a longer and leaner musculature, Pilates focuses on the muscles of the torso, including the back and abdominals. More than just sit-ups, Pilates works on core stabilization, focusing on the deepest set of muscles. Benefits of Pilates include a firmer core, as well as the muscles of the thighs, back, arms, and legs. Pilates is infinitely adaptable exercise designed for every body that creates low impact on the joints. It has been used for years as a great way to cross-train for athletes or dancers, or a gentle way to get back into exercise after surgery or a pregnancy. Every exercise in Pilates incorporates a “stretch” and a “strength," so either very strong or very flexible individuals will see results and find a challenge. Working the muscles in an eccentric rather than concentric manner, Pilates lengthens muscles fibers for a long, lean look, rather than breaking muscle fibers down, forcing them to repair.
Why choose Jessica Schultz Pilates?
Jessica Schultz Pilates is unlike any studio in Portland in that it is based on a small, client-focused model. Unlike other studios that have multiple instructors and need to see many bodies each hour, Jessica Schultz Pilates functions as a small, personalized studio where clients are at home with their bodies and their instructor. Because of this small studio model, clients can take advantage of some of the most competitive rates and best equipment in Portland without sacrificing quality of instruction.
How do I start?
Most clients begin by signing up for the introductory series, which is one-on-one instruction to get familiar with the Pilates work and what it means to their bodies. This is also a great time to ask your instructor questions and start to design your Pilates program to meet your goals. After completing the introductory series, clients can continue with private sessions, or choose to work in a semi-private lesson (with one or two other clients sharing the workout hour with the instructor), or our Reformer Flow Class (45-minutes and 3 clients per instructor). All sessions are scheduled individually with each client.
What should I bring to my first lesson?
Just clothes you feel comfortable to move in and a clean pair of socks. All other equipment is supplied by the studio, including sweat towels, water, and a place to change.
How often should I practice Pilates?
Especially in the beginning, when you are learning Pilates you are learning a new language for your body. It would be difficult to learn to speak French with just one hour session a week, and the same is true for Pilates. It is recommended to start with two to three sessions a week in the beginning. You can always taper those sessions down to one or two as you progress, although most clients then supplement their sessions at the studio with mat class or workouts on their own at home to keep solidifying the work in their bodies on a more independent basis.