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Dana Karen Ciccone, NCPT


Pilates for Pain Specialist

Movement Remedies
United States

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Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- chronic pain
- neurological conditions
- joint replacement
- weight neutral movement
- stress resilience
- pain reprocessing
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- pain reprocessing therapy
Age Groups Served:
- Children (birth through 12 years)
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

I strongly believe that chronic dieting was a huge contributor to my own chronic pain symptoms, which began at the age of 13. Since becoming a Pilates instructor I have been using a care approach rooted in my core values: empathy, authenticity, safe spaces, evidence-based, anti-diet, continuous self-improvement, and client empowerment. My philosophy is that Pilates is a tool to find strength, mobility and autonomy in our bodies and not the end in itself. I want my clients to take what they learn from our sessions out into the world so they can live their best lives, doing the things they love without pain as an obstacle. My client agreement includes language requiring that participants refrain from using negative language about their own bodies or the bodies of others. I believe this is a toxic and ingrained instinct we need to be vigilant about uprooting from our way of relating to each other in a "fitness" context. I don't have any prescription or predefined goals for my clients. When they come to me, I want to know how they would envision a happy and healthy future for themselves and then we design a movement program around helping them reach those goals. My screening information does not include anything about weight, BMI, etc. I actively encourage my clients to remove weight loss from their movement vocabulary and to advocate for themselves when health care practitioners suggest weight loss as a prescription for chronic pain. I provide research in my weekly newsletter.

About Me & My Practice

My entire childhood, I was dead set on being a Broadway dancer. But my dreams were quickly crushed by crippling shooting pain throughout my whole body at only 13 years old. The pain slowly became more frequent despite visits to doctors and chiropractors. I was forced to give up my dream, which left me feeling empty, struggling to know who I was outside of dance. It wasn’t until I had graduated from college and started working a stressful corporate job that I was diagnosed with disc herniation. I feared I would never enjoy movement again. The only time I felt joy in my body was when I did Pilates. It helped me manage my pain and find a sense of freedom within my own body that I hadn’t felt since I was 13. Nearly 10 years after starting Pilates, I received my training to be a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor (Balanced Body, NPCP) to help people in pain improve strength, mobility and well-being in a weight-neutral environment. And shortly after, I quit my job and created my studio, Movement Remedies. Pain will always be a part of my story, but how I manage and live with it no longer feels so crippling. By taking control of my stress triggers and pain management, I’ve been given a life that’s beyond my wildest dreams and inspired others to work through their grief, pain and trauma through movement so they too can live freely and fully. We all deserve to feel good in our bodies, and it starts with healing from the inside out.

Accessibility Considerations

My studio space is on the ground floor, but is not wheelchair accessible due to a few steps. Mobility aids like walkers are easily brought into the studio. The Pilates Reformer and Chair have a weight limit of 300 pounds, but a lot can be done in standing using the resistance springs. I am the only person in the studio.

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