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  • Writer's pictureJessica Nelson

Pilates Poolside

On May 25th, I embarked on an unexpected journey – the idea of hosting a poolside Pilates day retreat suddenly took root. Now, it's important to note that I don't own a pool, nor have I ever orchestrated such an event before. Additionally, my experience in hosting Pilates classes is primarily confined to my involvement with Club Pilates. But, as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained! With unwavering determination, I began my quest to find a suitable venue for this unique endeavor. However, as the practicalities of this undertaking began to dawn on me, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed.


There were moments when self-doubt crept in, and I entertained the idea of postponing this dream until I had more time to establish my business. Yet, fate had a different plan. Just a month before Labor Day, a spark of inspiration led me to approach a family friend and ask if I could utilize her pool for the event. To my delight, she graciously agreed! With that green light, I wasted no time in putting the plan into motion. I secured a sound bath, enlisted the services of a caterer, and got down to business.


Honestly, the day unfolded even more beautifully than I had dared to imagine. It all began with a refreshing spread of Mimosas and fresh fruit, setting the perfect tone for what lay ahead. Our killer Pilates class brought us closer together, and Shay added a special touch by adorning everyone with her exquisite waist beads.


As the day progressed, we found ourselves lounging by the shimmering pool, surrendering to the mesmerizing sound bath that gently washed away the stresses and worries of the week. It was a day of unexpected triumph and profound joy, one that left me in awe of what can be achieved when you take that leap of faith.


Amidst the serene ambiance of our poolside Pilates retreat, emotions ran deep. There were tears, as long-suppressed traumas found their way out, mingling with smiles filled with laughter. We shared moments of growth and self-discovery, punctuated by the occasional eye roll as we guided our bodies back into alignment.


To everyone who joined us on this journey, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude. Your unwavering belief in me and your steadfast support means more than words can convey.


Special thanks to my son, Malachi, whose diligent efforts ensured that the pool was pristine, even after the storm that swept through the city the night before.


JJ, your amazing photography and videography captured the essence of our day beautifully.


Shalawn, your encouragement, and reminder of my capabilities were invaluable.




For those who missed out on Pilates Poolside this year, I urge you not to miss the next one. It truly was a vibe, an unforgettable experience that transcended words. Stay tuned, because the journey continues, and I can't wait to share it with all of you again.










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