Jessica Gowen leads the performance side of Activcore as Vice President of Performance Development. She works at the Activcore studio in Atlanta, Georgia, located just 2 miles from Emory University.
Jessica’s mind-body wellness journey began in Washington, DC, in 1998, where she took Pilates at Excel Movement Studios while working at a public policy oriented publishing firm. After experiencing the method's transformational effects, she left the policy world to teach Classical Pilates.
Jessica discovered the Gyrotonic method in 2004. She loved how it complemented her Pilates training and challenged her to take her work – both as practitioner and teacher – to a deeper level. She has completed certifications in Gyrotonic teaching, Gyrokinesis teaching and all of the specialized equipment. She is certified in both systems by the method's creator, Juliu Horvath. She is also an Authorized Gyrotonic Expansion System Pre-Trainer and a Master Trainer.
A passionate entrepreneur, Jessica has owned her own studio and implemented teacher training programs in Pilates, the Gyrotonic method, and Core Suspension. She joined Activcore in 2021 to further develop professionally as an industry leader in the Atlanta area, and to grow her online performance offerings on a national scale.
Jessica believes continuing education is crucial to every Pilates and Gyrotonic Instructor’s growth. She has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses around the country, covering a spectrum of subject matter including working with post-rehab clients experiencing back and shoulder pain, refining her use of voice and touch, teaching Pilates to pregnant and postpartum women, modifying exercises for those with osteoporosis, and challenging elite athletes with the Gyrotonic method.
Jessica is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Allegheny College, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1997. She holds a Master of Public Management degree from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park. A Decatur native, she lives in Ormewood Park with her husband and children.
I have been taking on-line Gyrokinesis classes with Jessica Gowen for 2 years. It has made a world of difference in my body! I have gained flexibility in my upper spine and have increased the range of motion in my hip by loosening tight hamstrings and calf muscles. Jessica, as a master trainer, recognizes immediately during class if I am struggling that day in an area of my body. She immediately suggests a modification so that I get the maximum benefit from the exercise. I highly recommend taking her classes.
Jessica Gowen is a hidden gem here in Atlanta. After breaking my ankle and having physical therapy I thought I was back to normal. However, after just a few sessions with Jessica I realized my body could do so much more when you combine the whole body and mind through a Pilates workout. Jessica is also my teacher and mentor in a year long Pilates teaching course. 2 months in and I have learned so much through her patience and steady guidance.
My Gyrotonic lessons with Jessica are a joy! And for some like me who can have chronic joint pain, my twice a week lessons have made me more flexible and stronger, improved my balance, and helped keep me pain free. Jessica is definitely a ten!
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