Originally from San Francisco, Ashley graduated from California State University (Chico) with a BA in Musical Theater and moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre and dance. However, a long list of dance injuries that would impress a professional stuntman ultimately led her down a different path.
After dislocating her right knee for the fifth time, Ashley met a physical therapist who seemed to know more about movement than any of her previous therapists. When she inquired about the difference in approach, he explained that it was his certification in Pilates that changed his way of working – and that changed Ashley’s life. She decided right then and there to become certified in Pilates.
In 2007, she received her Pilates Mat and Apparatus Certifications under the direction of Lawson Harris at The Lab in NYC. She is also a certified personal trainer through A.C.E and is trained in multiple fitness areas including TRX, Zumba, Rebounding, Kettle Bell 1 & 2 and Kick Boxing for Fitness.
Her extensive Pilates continuing education includes specialized courses in pre- and post-natal Pilates (Pilates on Fifth, Lesley Powell, Bridge Pilates), osteoporosis (Pilates for Buff Bones-Rebekah Rotstein), arthritis, Innovative Therapeutic Stretching (Anthony Levitt), foot and knee issues, shoulder impingement and scoliosis (with Karen Clippinger), and advanced workshops on individual apparatus (barrel, chair, Pilates ARC, foam roller).
Ashley truly loves fitness, a career where she can empower both women and men and help them to feel good about themselves and their bodies. “I love teaching Pilates! The whole purpose is to realign the body, adding core strength and a better awareness of how to move throughout your day. I find seeing the change in my clients incredibly rewarding. It dramatically changed my life and, if you give it a chance, I know it will change yours too.”
Ashley arrived in Denver with her husband Nathaniel and her son Jackson from her most recent home, Brooklyn, New York . She is excited to start her new journey here in Denver.
When not in the Pilates studio, you may find Ashley hanging off a pole somewhere teaching burlesque arts to adventurous students around town, or selling fascinators and other accessories for burlesque performers around the country. She’s one very talented lady, and we’re delighted to have her on the MOVE team