After reading an article about Pilates in one of my daughter’s dance magazines in the mid ’90s, I was intrigued by Joseph Pilates teachings and wanted to learn more about his method of movement. Soon, I began commuting to Seattle twice a week for Pilates sessions. Three years later, I enrolled in a STOTT Pilates Intensive training program in Toronto.
By 1998, I began teaching Pilates mat and reformer sessions in my home and mat classes through the Central Kitsap Community Schools Program.
Then in September 2000, I opened BODY reFORM, Pilates Studio in a small space at the Bayshore Building in Silverdale. The Studio has grown since that first opening. We more then doubled our space in 2003 and in 2016 added a third room for teaching private sessions and for physical therapy.
Fast forward to 2018, the next chapter in my life is about to begin. After a very successful career in Pilates, I am retiring on June 30. BODY reFORM, Pilates Studio will be closing.
Whether it was the 17 years of teaching group fitness classes or the 20 years of teaching Pilates, Kitsap County has treated me very well. I thank all of the thousands of students that I have meant and taught over the years. You are what made me successful in the fitness community.
What does retirement look like for me? Spending more time with my two new grand babies, biking, gardening, trail running, pickle ball and increasing my own Pilates workouts. There may even be another extended bike tour in the future.
Thank you again for all your support.
Note From Barb Boas:
I’ve known Janice nearly thirty years. I signed up for her aerobics classes through community schools at Woodlands Elementary shortly after moving to Silverdale in 1988. We soon discovered our mutual passion for cycling. I think our first ride together was out Clear Creek Rd with Tyler in tow in a Burley trailer!
On one ride, years later, she shared her excitement about this thing called Pilates. She would soon head to Toronto for Stott training. You know the rest of that story!
Janice is my role model in her passion for fitness, body alignment, posture, and always keeping our classes fresh, stimulating, and ahead of the fitness curve. She astounds me with her knowledge of body mechanics and positioning and has helped me recover from numerous injuries and ailments. She is also a dear friend who is thoughtful and compassionate. She never forgets to send birthday cards, cards of support, condolence, graduation, you name it! She knows just about everyone on the peninsula and I’m sure her budget for cards and stamps has us all beat.
A very fond memory is the celebration of my 50th birthday. She was still on her worldwide bike adventure with her family when I emailed her asking if she would do a multi-day ride through Canada with me and sister-in-law. Of course she said yes. As soon as she unpacked from one bike trip, she was back on the road to join me and Lisa. Her energy is boundless! I couldn’t help but roll my eyes when after a 70 mile ride, she wanted to know who was up for a walk before heading out to dinner! She is an inspiration and I know I’d be so much more of a slug without her encouragement and enthusiasm.
Janice, congratulations on a great career. I look forward to many bike rides, ski trips, and pickle ball games with you.