Leah Troiano of Loopdihoops explains, “Everybody gets a little something out of hula hooping.” The mother of two, who runs monthly hoop jams says that for her, hooping “is a release – and an amazing expression of what my body can do.” Troiano, who has been hooping for four years now, told the Ardmore Patch that before hooping she felt stuck. “I thought, my life is good. I have a fantastic husband, wonderful kids, a great neighborhood – but something was missing. I told my husband I just wasn’t happy. I wasn’t unhappy — but I wasn’t content.” After trying to compile a list of things she loved to do and only coming up with two, Troiano began what she called her “Journey of Joy” that ultimately led her to take up hoop dance. Today she’s spun the hoop into her livelihood and she’s moving toward working with abused women and children and using the hoop in an even more therapeutic way. Part of hoop therapy, Troiano said, is that hooping can offer an escape. She explained, “Hooping can be therapeutic and healing, and at the very least, it’s fun — and that’s healing.” She lives in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, USA.