We sat down with Ada Pucci to find out what brought from her from Rome to New York City. She is currently enrolled in some very special training to deepen her understanding the body.
What brought you to the method and what is your role at Pilates on 66?
Ada: I'm Ada a Pilates teacher from Rome.I started working in the fitness field at the age of 19, when I started university. After my degree in sport science, I was looking for a discipline that would help people with movement in their daily life to improve their performance, and their physical and mental health.I studied ballet for 16 years, and that helped me focusing on my goals, on being active, healthy, and alive. I did some research, and I ended up taking Pilates session, and becoming a teacher.
What motivates you when you teach Pilates?
Ada: So what keeps me motivated is actually my smart clients, and seeing their progress.
Challenges, as being asked questions that I don't know, are a huge motivator as well.
What keeps you coming back for more?
Ada: Seeing my clients getting better session by session,it is a big incentive, but what pushes me to keep myself update and focus is actually, their curiosity, and their will to understand what they are doing, and why they do it. My main goal for my clients and for myself is staying healthy, sharp, agile, and fit.
!(/content/images/2016/09/IMG_0830_edited.jpg)####What do you struggle with the most and how do you benefit from practicing Pilates?
***Ada:***I struggle with recharging my energies after a long day at work. After 9 years of teaching Pilates, I find that Pilates still offers me a boost in general wellness, strength, and power in my mind and body with each passing year.
What do you love most about Pilates?
Ada: I love the discipline, the fact that is a one one workout so you get to establish a relationship with your clients, that sometimes ends up with a friendship. I love human being, knowing about people.
What is your favorite workout to do outside of Pilates?
Ada: I like running because it challenges me, and I love dancing.
What is your favorite meal or snack to recover from a challenging workout? Pasta alla carbonara:
Ada: Pasta with eggs, pancetta, black pepper and parmigiano. it is nutritious, and delicious! And red wine... Amarone is my favorite!
What do you do outside of Pilates to keep your mind sharp?
Ada: I take long walks, I keep myself update participate in continuing education workshops that are anatomy and fitness related like ELDOA and FAMI training. I also take Pilates lessons, I workout, I eat chocolate, and I travel.
We hear that you are doing some special training in the ELDOA and FAMI methods. Can you tell us more about that?
I am very enthusiastic about the ELDOA method invented by Doctor Guy Voyer in France. He is an osteopathic doctor and a physical therapist who created his own method. The ELDOA exercises are postural exercises that you can do to increase the space between specific vertebrae. The exercises are simple and achievable for everyone and they are super effective! Regular practice of ELDOA exercises have many benefits including improvement in joint mechanics, increased blood flow, reduced pressure on the vertebral disc, reduces pain, rehydrates discs, and more!
In addition to ELDOA, I am also doing a FAMI training. The FAMI training offers a different perspective on Pilates exercises. FAMI focuses on how Pilates can help people to rehabilitate from injuries, and pain by diving deep into the anatomy involved with Pilates exercises. Two years ago I attended the level one training. It was four days of amazing full immersion into human anatomy, at Mount Sinai hospital.
For the second time in my life, during this workshop, I had the opportunity to touch a real human vertebrae, a real bone, and real muscles. This made it easier for me to visualize the human anatomy in my mind. The second level, that I attended last November, was about the shoulder how to use Pilates to rehabilitate shoulder injuries.
How do these methods relate to a practice in Classical Pilates?
The FAMI trainings relate to Pilates by offering a more precise perspective of anatomy, injuries and how Pilates can be used to alleviate pain and injury. The ELDOA method relates to Pilates, because it helps to create a healthy spine and joints to work with in Pilates. Pilates alone is not always enough for many people.
The ELDOA can be used as evaluation in the beginning, in the middle and at the end of a Pilates training cycle to evaluate the client condition and eventual improvement trough the amazing method that is Pilates.