The People Project with Christina

Interview with Christina Fulcher, Norwich, United Kingdom

Hi Christina, has physical expression always been a part of you life?

Yes, growing up I danced, did gymnastics and acrobatics. I'm six feet tall and I was the same height at 13 years old. I was teased quite a lot at school, so I’ve always been conscious of my body. Later, in my twenties, I studied dance and acting in New York. I didn't set out to be a Pilates teacher. I came to Pilates because of injury when I trained to dance. It offered me the time and the space to work with my body in a way that I couldn’t when I danced. It was magic, and I wanted to share it.

What does Pilates do for you?

you have to relax to feel your body movement

Pilates makes me feel alive. It's is something that my body does well, like dance. Though I’ve been through injuries, you wouldn't know it in the way I'm able to move. In pilates movement, you have to relax to feel your body be in the flow. It's like acting, where you have to relax to connect with the character.

Is Pilates a mental practice as well?

When someone is not yet “in their body,” they're trying to force it

Pilates connects the brain and the body. It's a mental practice, for sure. It's the ability to feel or be in your body. When I teach Psychologists who are very much in their head, I can see them trying to work things out cognitively: "How long will I need to do this? When will I get to the end point?" When someone is not yet “in their body,” they're trying to force it. They aren't sure how or when to engage their muscles and breathe. It takes practice but when you do get it, it's a high similar to the kind you get after a great performance.

How do you deal with us "not in their body" types?

When you hold balance well, your muscles can functionally do what they’re supposed to do.