CFC is excited to announce our new Pilates instructor Maggie Ferrell.

At CFC we believe that the mind and body are one. As a result we have developed a way to increase mindfulness and movement through the use of pilates while being able to improve internal communication. By setting intentions and moving our bodies with diaphragmatic breath we can become more grounded in ourselves and the world around us. If you are new to pilates we challenge you to give it a try. If Pilates was a love at one point, we will help welcome you back to your practice with private sessions.  At CFC our room was created to be a safe place to explore and challenge yourself. There is dim lighting, soft music and no mirrors on purpose…to offer a sense of relief and peace for your mind and soul. 

Maggie is an artist and pilates instructor.

Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Maggie fell in love with movement at a young age. Over years of training, Maggie studied many different styles of dance; adding pilates regularly to build strength and prevent injury. Her passion for movement led her to continue her studies at The Ohio State University where she received her BFA in Dance with a focus in education (go bucks!!). After completing the Pilates Proworks Teacher Training in 2018, Maggie wanted to further her education and began The Lab Pilates Teacher Training. Maggie teaches with a focus on connecting movement and breath, each class will include a gentle warm-up, a vigorous heat building sequence, and conclude with a centering cool down. Outside of the studio, you’ll find Maggie eating her way around Chicago’s neighborhoods, cheering on the Buckeyes, or spending time with friends and family across the country!
To schedule please fill out this form with the best date and time…Please have the forms come to me at crystal@cfctherapy.comp


Trauma victims cannot recover until they become familiar with and befriend the sensations in their bodies. Being frightened means that you live in a body that is always on guard. Angry people live in angry bodies. The bodies of child-abuse victims are tense and defensive until they find a way to relax and feel safe. In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.

In my practice I begin the process by helping my patients to first notice and then describe the feelings in their bodies—not emotions such as anger or anxiety or fear but the physical sensations beneath the emotions: pressure, heat, muscular tension, tingling, caving in, feeling hollow, and so on. I also work on identifying the sensations associated with relaxation or pleasure. I help them become aware of their breath, their gestures and movements.

All too often, however, drugs such as Abilify, Zyprexa, and Seroquel, are prescribed instead of teaching people the skills to deal with such distressing physical reactions. Of course, medications only blunt sensations and do nothing to resolve them or transform them from toxic agents into allies.

The mind needs to be reeducated to feel physical sensations, and the body needs to be helped to tolerate and enjoy the comforts of touch. Individuals who lack emotional awareness are able, with practice, to connect their physical sensations to psychological events. Then they can slowly reconnect with themselves.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

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