Attitude of Gratitude
From the desk of Kristen Reynolds, DPT, PMA®-CPT…
Gratitude is a core component of transformational and spiritual paths. Although it may not be a primary thought when entering the studio, Pilates is a practice that teaches one about purposeful movement and brings awareness to alignment and breath with concentration and spirit. As Joseph Pilates once reminded us (as he did worked out in the snow!), “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”
With the human body being an amazing gift, I think it is important for you all of my Pilates friends to recognize that your dedication to moving with purpose and spirit is an excellent expression of gratitude. I hope that you all celebrate your body this holiday season with joy of knowing that you have restored physical vitality, invigorated your mind, and elevated your spirit with your Pilates practice!
As the year end approaches, my mind often drifts down these transformational and spiritual paths, reflects upon personal and professional experiences, and defines objectives for the year to come. Frequent gatherings with family remind me of how blessed I am to have a strong network of love and support nearby, while holiday calls, cards, and texts with friends from afar make me feel fortunate for those who have been a part of my journey over the years. However, I am exceptionally fortunate in 2012 for my community of clients and colleagues; it has been a privilege to work with each and every one of you this year.
Thank you to my clients for letting me spend many of my waking moments helping you help yourselves! Due to the consistent hard work and dedication that you brought to the mat and Reformer, I was able to grow from a part time passion into a full time profession in a year. You have rewarded me with moments that can never be replicated.
Thank you to my colleagues at OMBE, who graciously welcomed my physical therapy services to our integrative health center in September. Your listening ears, smiling faces, and encouraging words make our center a fabulous place to work.
Thank you to my friends at Lululemon Newbury Street for opening their doors for me to teach a community class in July and a charity class in October. It is with sincere appreciation that I thank my clients, colleagues, and community members that donated their time, energy, and to this Pilates for Pink campaign last month; these collaborative efforts raised $250 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
I thank each and every one of you for your presence in my practice. You have inspired me, motivated me, and made me constantly strive to become better at my profession and my passion. I wish you a holiday season full of health, love, laughter, and good cheer. Let us continue to be grateful for our physical fitness with Pilates and take on 2013 with spontaneous zest and pleasure!
Happy Holidays and Hundreds,
Kristen Reynolds, DPT, PMA®-CPT Doctor of Physical Therapy PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Always interested in dance, sports and fitness, Kristen Reynolds is a former YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive training and professional certification from the Pilates Method Alliance to compliment her clinical interests. Dr. Reynolds is one of the few instructors in Massachusetts to have earned the distinction of PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA of Massachusetts Shoulder and Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Groups, and Authentic Pilates Union.
Integrating the Pilates principles and repertoire with her manual therapy skills has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Dr. Reynolds utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury.