Ansley Watson - Founder and Creator of the Watson Method™
Ansley was in a car accident in 1998, she began taking Pilates mat classes because it was the only physical exercise her body could tolerate. She loved it so much that after several years of being a Pilates student, she decided to make a career change from an Environmental Chemist to Pilates teacher.
She opened Joie de Vivre Pilates studio in 2006, originally teaching traditional Pilates which was her training from a second generation elder who was a trainer for Romana Kryzanowska. However, she began to see the need for a different type of studio early on because most traditional Pilates is rooted in dancing and fitness types of bodies, but is not as functional for bodies with even the slightest bit of injury. Ansley wanted her 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.
Elizabeth has been a big fan of Pilates since taking her first class over 20 years ago. This passion led to her becoming an instructor. Happy with the strength and conditioning she saw in herself, she wanted to share this with others. She believes that Pilates offers tremendous overall health benefits for all ages, body types, and physical fitness levels. Having the opportunity to encourage others is what she appreciates the most about teaching.
With a master's degree in Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Elizabeth is trained in the Watson Method™. She enjoys helping clients obtain their fitness goals, which vary widely from injury recovery to fitness enthusiast. Her motto is "Pilates is for every body!"
Shawn took her first Pilates class out of curiosity 15 years ago. Finding that she engaged muscles she did not know she had, her curiosity of Pilates grew. Over time, she realized Pilates was benefitting not just her body, but her mind as well. Shawn found that taking evening Pilates class became a great counterbalance to the long day sitting in front of a computer at her 9-5 job. Wanting to share the mind/body balance she found for herself, Shawn decided to leave her corporate job to teach Pilates full time.