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Movement is a Truth Teller

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

When teaching, I frequently cue my students to “listen to your body.” It’s important to remember that if we stop to listen, our bodies are willing to tell us what we need. This doesn’t just pertain to movement and exercise, but also when our bodies are in need of food, rest and even connection.

I love the idea of having longer days, when spring is approaching and our clocks “spring forward” into daylight savings, but it wreaks havoc on my body.  March 15th was National Napping day.  How convenient that it was scheduled for the Monday after we lost an hour of precious sleep.  I proudly took a nap! I had a full schedule of things to do, but I gave myself 30 minutes to rest.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a 10 to 20 minute nap is a good amount of time to refresh without becoming groggy.  Napping, for healthy adults can reduce fatigue and increase alertness but did you ever consider that this reset can increase your performance when it comes to reaction time and better memory?

After my siesta, my brain was refreshed and I could focus, but my body was fatigued. Big plans for an intense spin and weight training was replaced with gentle Pilates, foam roller release and stretching. I was listening.

So, is being sleepy easier for you to identify than other signals your body is trying to tell you? For example, when it comes to your workouts, do you ever mute your brain and hit autopilot? There is nothing wrong with turning on your favorite podcast or playlist and “checking out” for 20 or 30 minutes to run, spin or simply sweat it out. I actually have “autopilot” workouts at the ready for when I need them.  But in order to understand what my body needs, I need to stop and listen. My body always responds. Sometimes I may not like the answer, but my movement is a truth teller and it doesn’t lie to me.

When you’ve been sitting at your desk too long, does your body beg you to get out of your chair and move?  Like a drooping plant that is thirsty for water, our bodies are sending out signals all the time. And our bodies, like plants, need care. Physical activity actually lubricates and nourishes our joints by increasing the circulation of synovial fluids to the area! 

You already feed your body with water and food, so add some sunlight, plenty of fresh air and daily movement and you’ve given yourself a lovely gift. Just listen. Your body is saying thank you.

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Katie is a passionate mover who was brought to Pilates through dance. After a professional dance career, Katie discovered her love of teaching-connecting the mind and body, and working with students of all ages and levels. Her appreciation and understanding of everyone’s ever changing body and needs only became greater as her own body went through pre and post natal stages, an experience which has helped Katie navigate problem solving, and bring a freshness to each session making them feel personal and specific to each body’s needs. Her sessions are full of flow and aim to challenge clients with a sense of comfort, and often a little humor, all of which she has brought to Pure Pilates since 2016. Katie thinks the gift of movement and self care is one of the best things one can do for overall wellness, and is thrilled to seek and fulfill milestones and goals with each of her clients. When she’s not at the studio, Katie is taking care of her three little humans- another job that also makes her smile, laugh, and challenges her on the daily.
Eighteen years ago I discovered my love for Pilates. After having my two children, I felt the need to move my body again. At the time I was living in North Carolina, and worked through many different exercise and training programs. I discovered Pilates, and instantly knew it was right for me. Forteen years later, and a move to New Jersey, I decided to share my love of Pilates with other people looking for some way to move their bodies. Pilates has also been a way for me to keep me strong and flexible to continue many activities. My family loves to be active, and I often find when we are all together (mostly vacations) our days consist of activity and movement such as hiking, kayaking, or skiing(more on this later). As I have gotten older I find it even more imperative now that I keep my body strong. Recently I was in a skiing accident that left me with many knee injuries and ultimately having to go into surgery. I found being able to do light Pilates a few weeks after surgery kept me sane and ultimately helped with recovery time. Pilates has not only helped me be able to keep up with my children, but has also provided me with a body that is able to function at peak performance. My approach to Pilates can be described in one, simple word: movement. Movement can help you, both physically and mentally. Movement, and Pilates, is ultimately about self care. Having a built in time to focus on your body and movement can help relieve yourself of feeling tired, anxious, and stressed. Movement awakens you. Even after one session you can leave feeling calmer and energized.
Enjoyment of life through movement is a vital part of Kathy’s philosophy. When not in the studio she leads an active lifestyle trail running, cycling, skiing and hiking. She also loves connecting with people while traveling with family and friends. One of her favorite cycling trips was riding along the coast of northern California. Learning new things and sharing knowledge is also important to Kathy. She has a passion for food, likes to cook for her family and experiment with new recipes. She is currently trying to achieve the perfect pizza. She is also an avid reader of historical fiction and biographies. Her latest endeavor is learning to play golf.
Carol M. Crincoli, owner Pure Pilates studio, has been in the fitness industry since 1990, with experience in corporate and commercial fitness, recreational programming and teaching as an adjunct professor. She began practicing Pilates in 2003 and received Pilates training through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, NY. She holds certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant. She was also accepted into the IDEA-PFT Recognition System as an Elite Level Personal Fitness Trainer. She is the only trainer in the NY-metro area for Trent McEntire’s Arcus equipment. Carol graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. Opening Pure Pilates is the culmination of a lifetime dream, and her mission to "inspire life from the core" is a holistic approach to health and wellness—from exercise and nutrition, to stress management and self-care. Carol is also the inventor of 8th Avenue Rail, an organizing solution for Tower springs.