Ansley Watson, Creator of the Watson Method™
I was in a car accident in 1998 Pilates mat class was the only physical exercise my body could tolerate. I loved it so much that after several years of being a Pilate’s student, I decided to make a career change from an Environmental Chemist to Pilates teacher. I opened Joie de Vivre Pilates studio in 2006, originally teaching traditional Pilates which was my training from a wonderful master Teacher that was a second generation elder for Romana Kryzanowska, who operated Joseph Pilates' original studio. However, I began to see the need for a different type of Pilates early on because most Pilates is rooted in dancing and fitness types of bodies, but is not as functional for injured bodies. I wanted my classes to be challenging for all levels from hardcore fitness buffs to people with injuries instead of limiting anyone. That is how the Watson Method™ become created.
Tanya Shepard, DPT
Tanya is a Physical Therapist with 18 years of experience in physical therapy. She began volunteering and working as an aide, and went on to graduate from Chatham College in 2000 with her MPT. She returned to Chatham and graduated with her DPT in 2001. She has worked in many environments, and works to incorporate therapy into your life and make it work for you. Her continuing education includes advanced manual therapy and balance training.
Carrie Bohlmann, CMT
I graduated from the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in 2009; a school I chose to attend based on the holistic and spiritual approach to massage. It was an amazing journey of learning, practicing and self-discovery for which I have no comparison. My first introduction to massage was to fulfill a need to “zone out”. Later, it was to help with an injury I’d received where I couldn’t move my neck. Even later, through frustration with an illness and various other injuries that my doctor was unable to help with, I discovered that I could use many other alternative healing methods as my choice for health care. That’s when I fell in love with massage! And that’s when I realized I needed to take a pro-active approach to health care rather than a re-active one. Since then, the face of my health care looks much different and I’ve been so much healthier as a result. When a change of career was needed I just knew massage therapy was what I was meant to do! I use an intuitive blend of massage modalities for each session depending on your body’s needs for that day.