Align Wellness Studio recently launched “MoveWELL,” a new posture and mobility programmme designed to help the body restore full range of motion, functionality and proper strength patterns through various muscles and joints.
Ashley and Heidi Stafford are the coordinators of MoveWELL and describe it as a “postural therapy.” The programme involves working with individuals to rehabilitate the body so that joints properly stack and bones align, allowing for more functional and effective movement. Achieving proper alignment in the body improves all physical activities — everything from intense exercise to practicing yoga and walking on the beach.
MoveWELL is designed for those looking to improve their day-to-day mobility. It is also an ideal programme for people who are looking to transition from an injury or physiotherapy into an effective exercise programme. MoveWELL provides a safe space to focus and complete the work under supervision.
The first step is to take a photographic posture assessment using a chiropractor-designed and approved app that measures a person’s posture starting point. There is also an option for a further assessment with a physiotherapist for a more detailed report. The initial assessments will allow the Align team to create a custom plan to fit an individual’s needs.
“Everyone’s body is different so the key is knowing where you actually start,” says Ashley. “The cool thing is you start with awareness of your entry point and from there we dial in the programme to target the areas you need. Through the photographic assessment, we’ll know in advance where you need to focus and we will guide you through specific exercises during each session of your programme.”
MoveWELL daily sessions are held at Align’s studio from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., in half-hour increments.
After the initial assessment, clients start a six-week plan with Ashley and Heidi. The duo will rotate teaching the daily lunchtime sessions where each weekday is themed “upper,” “mid,” or “lower” to describe the area of focus. Participants choose which days to attend based on their custom programme and they can stay for up to two sessions each day.
The six-week plan is offered in an unlimited format, which means participants can maximise their benefits by showing up as often as they can.
Clients can join the MoveWELL programme at any point as it is completed on an individual basis. Once the six-week guided programme is completed, clients undergo another photographic posture assessment to determine the next steps.
For more information and to book a photographic posture assessment, call Align at 640-5050.