We asked Stephanie Vigers, owner of En Pointe Fitness, some questions about her dance career and the importance of rest and recovery to her practice.
Stephanie is a professionally trained ballet dancer. She started taking pilates classes during her time as a dancer and fell in love with the benefits she experienced. This helped her shift her career focus and she became a pilates instructor and created En Pointe.
The Sage Soap Company: How has movement been a core part of your career?
Stephanie Vigers: I began dancing at the age of 3 therefore movement has been a lifestyle that evolved into a career, beginning in the dance world and segueing to include Pilates and fitness. I have been fortunate enough to build a career around my passion and share with others the joy and benefits of dance and movement.
I swear by a hot bath after a long day
SSC: Why is movement so important for you?
SV: Movement is a creative outlet for my mind and my body, an escape and opportunity to dive within myself, to tune into my emotions and be present. When the outside world feels crazy, dance/movement grounds me, it gives my very busy mind a place to rest and be free of external stressors. Feeling strong, fluid and connected within my body is so important to me.
proper recovery and taking the time to rest my body is essential
SSC: How does movement help your customers?
SSC: How important is rest and recovery?
SV: My days are packed with intense movement and exercise, if I don't recover properly I'm at a heightened risk of injury or illness thus sidelining myself and my ability to do my job. Finding a proper recovery method and taking the time to rest my body is essential and non-negotiable.