Jill Economakos LEVEL 2
OWNER, MANNA Pilates, Inc.
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor | Level 1 and 2
Functional Medicine Health Coach Apprentice
HALO® Certified Instructor
CORE™ Qualified Instructor
Peyow Aqua Pilates Certified Instructor
Additional Training: Injury and special populations, pre and post natal, Pilates for golf, athletic conditioning.
Jill began dancing at the age of four, so movement has always been at the center of her life. She studied dance on scholarship at Northern Illinois University; and after graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance, Jill went on to dance with companies in Chicago and Denver – performing in North America and Europe.
In addition to performing, Jill invested in training young dancers at The Academy of Dance Arts / Illinois Ballet Theatre Youth Company who have gone on to join professional companies all over the world. She was invited to teach dance at Northern Illinois University and North Central College as well.
Teaching dance opened up new ways for Jill to study, explore and analyze movement. This allowed her a greater understanding of anatomy and body mechanics, so the move to teaching Pilates was a natural progression. Jill became a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor in 2007 and immediately began teaching at the certification center in Chicago. In 2009, she received her certification in Peyow Aqua Pilates.
Later that year, Jill packed her bags and moved to Denver. She quickly built a loyal clientele by working with a variety of clients ranging from individuals requiring rehabilitation to athletes. Jill also developed her own popular barre-style classes, and a number of Denver clubs – including Colorado Athletic Club, Forza, Pura Vida and Pilates on Broadway – have hired her to train their instructors. In 2013, Jill traveled to the Merrithew Health and Fitness headquarters in Toronto, and became a CORE™ Qualified Instructor.
Jill has studied the body and how to move it efficiently her entire life. By focusing on postural alignment, technique and quality of movement, she creates workouts that are safe, fun and challenging for her clients. Jill is passionate about helping her clients develop strength, flexibility, mobility, body awareness and more confidence in what they can do throughout their daily lives.
In 2017, wanting to help her clients live vibrantly in all aspects of their health, Jill enrolled in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, and began offering health coaching in 2018.