Kimmy Cianci is a Chicago-based member of our TAmily, a supportive community of Tracy Anderson Method devotees who strive to design a life of balance. Connect with Kimmy (@kimmyc79 on Instagram) and follow us (@tracyandersononlinestudio on Instagram) to stay up to date on all things TAM.
Kimmy Cianci’s Tracy Anderson Method Journey
I started doing the Tracy Anderson Method shortly after watching Tracy on Oprah with Gwyneth Paltrow. I have a dance background and seeing that her Method stemmed from a place of dance drew me in. I started with Metamorphosis, then continued on with four years of Continuity. I mixed in the Precision Toning and Unleash Your Inner Pop Star DVDs. Right as I was finishing Continuity, Tracy’s online streaming was just beginning to launch. So I jumped right into it. That was a total game changer. I was in love with online streaming instantly. The energy is contagious!
I was able to attend and meet Tracy at the first Vitality Week in Chicago, in 2015. Since then, I’ve attended the Chicago and Miami Crash Courses and a Hamptons Vitality Week. Every Vitality Week I’ve been to has been incredible. They just keep getting better! The one-on-one experience is like no other. Meeting and spending time with not only Tracy but other #TAmily members has been such a gift. I’ve made so many wonderful friends through this Method. The community is so special and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
“This Method brought me back to myself—and keeps me there.”
My body has changed so much physically. I didn’t have a ton of weight to lose when I first started. I was mostly just tightening and toning up. I had pretty much tried every workout out there. Yes, I was fairly fit, but I felt bulky and disproportionate. The second I finished my first TA workout I was hooked! I could tell instantly that this is what I needed to be doing. This was going to give me the balanced body I was looking for. It was different than anything else I had ever done. It was challenging in exactly the way I needed. I discovered muscles I didn’t even know I had! Now 11 years in I cannot imagine doing anything else. I look better now than I did in my twenties! And I love how it brings me back to my dance roots.
What has been the biggest and most important change for me is how I feel mentally and emotionally from doing the TA Method. Connecting with myself every day, giving myself that hour or more has become a necessity. Not only do I crave it, but I need it. I’ve suffered a tremendous amount of loss in my life. Before I started Tracy’s Method I was in a dark place that I was having a hard time getting out of. I didn’t have an outlet—a time or space where I could connect with myself, process my emotions, and let it all out. Once I got to a place where I realized not only was this a physical workout but an emotional workout as well, I poured myself into it. I have spent so many emotional moments on my mat. This Method gave me the time and space I needed to process my grief, my anger, all my roller-coaster of emotions. It allowed me to really feel it and stop resisting my pain. By connecting to myself I learned how to cope and move through it. I learned not only is it okay to feel this way, but I needed to feel this way in order to work through my trauma.
Mind, Body, and Soul
Tracy teaches us daily about the mind/body connection. You can’t have balance in your physical body without balancing your mental and emotional body as well. This resonates with me completely. By connecting the two, I know it pushes me to perform the best I can. The results are beyond rewarding. Over the years the TA Method has taught me how to process whatever I’m going through, happy or sad. I start my day, every day, on my mat. I know when I’m done I will feel centered, energized, and ready to face the rest of my day with a clear head. I call it my moving meditation. At this point, I would be lost without it.
The Tracy Anderson Method has brought me so much joy and confidence. Tracy’s Method has become so much more than I ever expected it to be. I truly connect to this Method on every level. I’m deeply passionate about it, and I’m grateful for what it has given me and continues to give me every day. I’m in the best shape of my life! More importantly, I feel incredible in my own skin. I actually feel like I’m getting younger! If that’s even possible. I’m blessed to be a part of this amazing community, blessed to have a relationship with Tracy, beyond blessed to have made so many incredible friends that I know I will have for a lifetime. This Method brought me back to myself—and keeps me there.