I fell in love with moving when I was young, because even as a child, the movement of my body and mind made everything feel better. It changed me. It built resiliency.
After my very first dance recital, I asked my mom when I would get to do a solo. When given the option, I chose more time in dance classes over braces. Visiting my Grandma in Toronto, I would tap dance waiting for the subway. At the time, I thought moving was fun. I didn’t recognize how much it also kept me grounded.
As I got older, I drifted into who I thought the world expected me to be. I went to the school, I got the job, and I slowly lost the connection to myself that movement had always fostered.
I had been living with chronic pain for over ten years when my world fell apart. My mom and uncle were killed in a car accident, followed by the sudden death of my dad two years later. The constant physical and emotional pain was unbearable.
My grief journey forced me to re-connect with my needs. I began relying heavily on movement and meditation as tools of healing and self-connection. I learned that I could trust my inner voice, and that I had the courage to meet my own needs, despite the expectations of others.
I BELIEVE THAT...
MOVEMENT SHOULD BE ENJOYABLE
THE MIND AND BODY ARE INTERRELATED
ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES
Qualifications and Training
Bachelors of Applied Science, Health Studies, University of Waterloo
Masters of Science, Epidemiology, University of Guelph
Mat and Standing Pilates Certified, PhysicalMind Institute Canada
Essentrics® Level 2 Certified, The Esmonde Technique, Essentrics®
Meditation Level 1, Internal Peace Initiative
Modified and Pre/Postnatal Pilates, Marta Hernandez Studio
Bone Fit™ Trained, Osteoporosis Canada
Oov® Fundamentals, Polestar® Pilates
I modified movements and took breaks as needed, all without feeling bad about it! Can’t wait to do more of Ashley’s classes!!
Pilates has created a connection in my body that makes me feel more like a whole person and less like I’m just floating around letting stuff happen to me. Pilates has given me three things: strength and pain relief, a mind-body connection, and mood enhancement and stabilization. I didn’t expect the last two. I would’ve been happy with just no pain. I’m ecstatic feeling like a whole person again.