Jodi Jainchill, who is Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT ) and physical therapist, has been teaching hooping for the past three years. Why? “I had a friend give me a hula hoop for my birthday,” she told the South Dade Monitor, adding, “We begin to talk about the possible benefits for the spine.” The effects were so beneficial she soon began integrating it into her physical therapy practice and using the modality of the hoop for pelvic and spine mobility, as well as assessment. “From there I started operating my physical therapy rehab classes with more of a fitness base. Some of my clients come to me for fitness. Others tell me that they would like to learn how to dance and I’ve actually taught hoop workshops as a dance class. The clients loved it, especially if it was their first attempt at dance.” Legally blind since the age of five due to a progressive eye disease, Jodi still managed to maintain 13 years as a gymnast on the U.S. Gymnastic Team. Today she enjoys life not only as a physical therapist, but as a performer—entertainer—instructor of private hoop classes and workshops. My practice and teaching skills are always evolving. And I enjoy sharing and teaching others the many benefits of Hoop Dance.” Read more and you can find Jodi at Hoop For Lower Back Exercises. She lives in North Miami Beach, Florida, USA.