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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California.  She currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for integrative medical institutes, infertility centers, and green spas.

Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Acupuncturists in Boston, Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.

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Pilates and the Olympic Edge, Part I

From the desk of Kristen M. Reynolds, PT, DPT, PMA®-CPT...

Many athletes use Pilates as a cross training component of their conditioning programs. The benefits of strength, mobility, balance, control, and coordination and make movement patterns much more efficient, in addition to concentration and relaxation helping to connect their mind and spirit to their physical performance. As the countdown is on to the 2012 London Olympic Games, check out these athletes from Team USA who praise Pilates as a valuable training tool.

Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won gold medals in beach volleyball in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. As they enter their third Olympics, it has been reported that Walsh-Jennings takes hourlong Pilates sessions 2-3 days/week which has increased her flexibility and strengthened her core, in addition to helping to her restore body awareness since her two pregnancies since the 2008 Games.
Misty May-Trainor was recently interviewed for the August 2012 issue of Pilates Style. During her 7 years of Pilates practice, she notes how it was much more challenging conditioning than she could have imagined and that sport-specific training has helped her game.
She states, “I really feel it in my rotation. I feel like I can hold myself together better in the air...Even though you’re thinking you’re just working your abs, I also got to work a lof on my shoulder girdle and my hips and glutes.”
Stay tuned for Part II of this series and more discussion about members of Team USA who will have the Pilates edge in London...
Kristen Reynolds, DPT, PMA®-CPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

Kristen Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.

While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive certification to compliment her clinical interests. She is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, the only professional certification in the field, as well as an active member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section.

Always interested in sports and fitness, she is a former dancer, YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. Integrating the Pilates principles and repertoire into her physical therapy practice has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Kristen utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury. She greatly enjoys designing programs to target personal goals, educating clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily activities, and teaching small group Ballet Barre and Mat classes.

 

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