Congratulations to Alaria Ritchie, Director and Lead Instructor at Living Well Movement Centre in Cobourg. She has recently added the designation of Stott Pilates Post Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist to her already extensive list of fitness, health and wellness qualifications.
"Every step taken in a purposeful way can lead to great accomplishment. It's valuable to know that each step is important not just the end goal. Every step holds meaning and growth, and one day you look back and can see all the beauty and courage in these steps to becoming the best version of yourself that you can be!", she posted on the Living Well social media page on December 7th.
"Bursting with joy today as I have received the designation of Post Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist through Stott Pilates! I knew from the beginning that this would be my specialty but it took years...to get to where I am today in my education and also confidence in working with this group of people.
There are many teachers that have helped me on my way and I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from many disciplines including Pilates Instructors, Physios, RMT's, Yoga Teachers and Somatic Educators.
Each step I take is moving me in the direction of my dreams and this is definitely one of those steps!
Thanks to all the clients that have worked with me and trusted me with their bodies, you have my deepest gratitude for honouring me with the opportunity to assist you on your journey towards feeling fabulous!"
This Warkworth area resident founded the Living Well Movement Centre in 2016, offering the only dedicated Pilates studio in Northumberland County. Prior to that, she worked extensively around Trent Hills, offering Pilates and Yoga classes through her own home studio in Warkworth, at the West School in Campbellford, with the Campbellford Community Resource Centre and in various senior facilities around the area. She also worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant and Aqua instructor at Sharpe's Physiotherapy in Trent River.
The opening of Living Well represented one more step along the road to the end goal for Alaria. She has been offering Pilates classes based on the Stott method for over 12 years, and also holds a 500-hour Hatha Yoga designation. Her work as a Physio Assistant exposed her to clients suffering from traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Scoliosis and Osteoporosis, sparking an interest in honing her qualifications and skills to allow her to improve quality of life for all demographics and special conditions.
As well as offering a host of Pilates and Yoga programs at Living Well, Alaria offers specialty workshops, most recently one on awakening the spine. Plans include upcoming workshops on foot health and fascial movement in the new year.
She is currently studying to become a fully certified Clinical Somatic Movement Educator. This brain and body practice is designed to relieve chronic pain through awareness and movement. The Living Well Movement Centre works closely with a team of Registered Health Professionals in Cobourg to ensure that clients receive an integrated approach to treatment.
"Alaria's qualifications and experience are diverse yet unified to guide and create a Holistic Movement practice that's perfect for you!" explains her website.