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Our Pink Ribbon Program Went Virtual

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

I am a girl who gets a bag of lemons and figures out how to make lemonade for everyone! When Pure Pilates was forced to shut down and create a virtual studio, I never imagined that the business would grow and we would be introduced to new clients during this time. For over a decade the studio had a small but loyal New Jersey community and now we have connected to Pilates enthusiasts all around the United States.

If it wasn’t for the pandemic, I would have never met Alice Wang, our very first virtual Pink Ribbon client! Her cousin has been my in-studio client for years and now with my computer I could offer connection, movement and wellness all the way to someone in Texas.

The Pink Ribbon program allows my teachers and I to fill the sometimes missing link in a cancer patient’s care. The surgeons, oncologists, physical therapists and nurses play a very specific role for a patient and as certified PR specialists, we offer total body wellness. With our focus on movement and breath, our goal is to enhance recovery and improve quality of life for each unique client.

Alice kindly shared her Pink Ribbon experience with me and has given me permission to share it to the world.

“I started working with Carol 9 months after my bilateral mastectomy through the Pink Ribbon program. About six months after the surgery, I started experiencing stiffness and pain in my neck and should. I tried all sorts of things on my own: Massage, Rollerball, Yoga, Stretching, but nothing was helping. Carol showed me exercises over zoom that strengthened my back and core muscles and also retrained me on how to move my neck and shoulder so I can do everything without pain. It was also great to work with her virtually since I am in Texas and she is in New Jersey. Being immunocompromised after chemo, it was safer during Covid to have the sessions over zoom. It was easy to have for instruct me in my own home using my own equipment so that I could do the exercises during the week.” Alice Wang

Our program is fully funded from donations. These generous donations allow a participant to work one on one with one of our teachers for 6 to 12 weeks, free of charge.

Learn more about Pink Ribbon here.

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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.