Jillian Hessel

I am a retired ballet dancer. My passion is health & fitness, and helping people get into the best shape of their lives! Pilates saved me from terrible back pain when I was a professional dancer, and I have been teaching for over 35 years. I also love skiing, swimming, hiking and yoga. I have written a book, Pilates Basics, and I also have instructional DVD's for both Pilates enthusiasts, and Pilates teachers. You can my classes online on YouTube, and Pilates Anytime.

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About Me


Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: Aug 31, 2022
ACSM - ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
PMA - PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
FAI - Functional Aging Specialist

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
Expires: Jul 27, 2020
Beverly Hills CPR
Expires: Aug 04, 2016
Heartsaver CPR/AED
Expires: Jul 27, 2020

AED Certified

American Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
Expires: Jul 27, 2020
Beverly Hills CPR
Expires: Aug 04, 2016
Hertsaver CPR AED
Expires: Jul 27, 2020

Additional Information


$120.00 / hr, $110.00 for 10 Sessions/$1800 for 20 Sessions/Semi-Privates Rates Available

Payment Methods

Cash , Cashier's Check , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Bronze Telly Award AM Pilates DVD/2004
  • Dance Faculty Teacher Recognition from California University for the Arts/2005
  • Silver Tellly Health & Wellness Award HomeBody DVD/2010
  • Silver Telly The People's Choice Award HomeBody DVD 2010
  • Bronze Telly Use of Music Award HomeBody DVD 2010

Languages Spoken

English , French



5 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by jennifer berry on Jul 07, 2013

    Jillian is the REAL deal! Her knowledge goes beyond most Pilates instructors and as an instructor myself, I love working with her! I always learn sooo much. She is sweet and loving yet HARD CORE on technique and demands the best from her clients. Jillian is such an inspiration! I would recommend her again and again!! She is the best Pilates instructor in Los Angeles hands down!!!

  • by Suanne Mandell on Jun 21, 2013

    Jillian has a depth of knowledge regarding the body and movement that has come from years of studying Pilates and other movement disciplines. She was fortunate to work closely with many of the Pilates "Elders". She has a passion to share her extensive training with others.
    She has an ability to see the slightest imbalance in your body. She has the skill to help you find your way to control and balance so that your body can move with efficiency and ease.
    I am a Pilates teacher. My clients benefit from Jillian's instruction. As my training improves, my skills as a teacher grow. Her focus on moving towards excellence gives me a work out that is fabulous. When I return to my studio, I want to share her knowledge with my clients and fellow teachers.

  • by linda arroz on Jun 21, 2013

    I met Jillian in 1994. I was a magazine editor at the time. During the Northridge earthquake, all the materials on my desk and shelves went flying in all directions. Later, as I was putting my office back together, I realized I was in danger of being stranded or in danger in some way by future earthquakes. I gathered all the press kits off the floor and pulled anything related to fitness for immediate reference. I plowed through them and discovered Jillian Hessel and a new, to me and the mainstream media, exercise regime called Pilates. We met, I started working with her, she changed my body and my life in so many ways, all for the better. I am deeply indepted to Jillian for showing me how to get and stay in alignment, how to go deep into my core, to isolate and engage muscles. The devotion she demonstrated as she carefully executed a strategy to help me with my feet as I recovered from a hip replacement is beyond the call of duty.
    I value Jillian's sound advice, her dedication to her work, her skills and the graceful way she goes about her life and life's work.

  • by Silvia Benun on Jun 19, 2013

    Jillian was my instructor for years. I would highly recommend her expertise to anyone. She teaches you how to breath properly, control and work your abdonimals in ways I never thought possible and give you the tools to heal your body from the inside out. My experience with Jillian was outstanding and today continues to be my favorite Pilates instructor ever!

  • by Sheila Siegel on Jun 19, 2013

    I worked with Jillian for years. She is a teachers teacher. She keeps thins interesting by changing the routine and focusing on what each student needs. I have taken Pilates all over the world an Jillian is simply the best.