“I kind of just innately knew that through Pilates, I was going to be able to feel better in my body,” says Caitlin Sullivan, a Certified Pilates Instructor and Holistic Hormone Health Coach. Beginning her career as a professional ballet dancer, Caitlin did not always love Pilates. After taking lessons from her ballet teacher, she finally started to appreciate the benefits of the practice leading her to create the menstrual and adrenal health program, The Spring to Life Method.
Caitlin recognizes that many women put pressure on themselves to work out every day in the hopes of becoming skinny or seeing massive fitness results. However, excessive strenuous workouts can lead to hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue, and burnout. Deeply understanding the complicated relationship we have with our bodies, Caitlin uses Pilates techniques and hormone health coaching to teach women that they’re allowed to go easy on themselves and to prioritize feeling better about their bodies.
Tune into this week’s episode of Self-love for Breakfast for a sensitive conversation on feeling good in your body. Learn more about Caitlin’s transition from ballet dancer to Pilates instructor, tailoring your workout to your menstrual cycle, and how to find contentment in your body at every stage of your fitness journey.
- “I kind of just innately knew that through Pilates, I was going to be able to feel better in my body.” (12:40 – 12:47 | Caitlin)
- “I decided to jump on ClassPass one day, and I got in this class just down the road at a different studio I’d never heard about before. And it just completely changed my life because the studio is a classical studio, which is more of the Pilates method. And within a couple of sessions with the teacher here who became my mentor, I felt completely different in my upper back, and I could move without pain. I started building strength and releasing some tension, and I knew that this was the route that I needed to go down.” (14:02 – 14:37 | Caitlin)
- “Physical fitness is really about going inward and creating this communication within your body, and learning how to find balance and feel good.” (16:43 – 16:54 | Caitlin)
- “The key is to find fulfillment, happiness, and contentment in your body now. Then, as you continue the process, things shift and change. That’s okay. And it’s okay to want that.” (18:07 – 18:21 | Chrystal)
- “You don’t always need to be pushing hard to get the best results that you’re looking for to feel good.” (28:26 – 28:33 | Caitlin)
- “I know how you start to feel victimized by your own body. But the moment that you take control of it and say, ‘This is not acceptable for me anymore,’ that’s when you start to make changes and feel better.” (32:55 – 33:11 | Caitlin)
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