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Dalhousie University – Stilwell kept in touch with HydroWorx Inc. and continued to keep tabs on the company’s growth and the rising awareness of the benefits of hydrotherapy. After eight years of education, peppered with some travelling, more research and a marriage, Stilwell moved to Kingston to be with his wife. He spent about three years planning and designing a business plan, while working at Focus Personal Fitness and St. Mary’s of the Lake therapy pool, and in November of 2012 he made it happen: He opened the doors of Hydrathletics – his very own aquatic therapy and training facility. Located in Kingston’s west end on Midland Avenue, Hydrathletics is the first facility in Canada to feature an advanced aquatic therapy pool by HydroWorx Inc. for use by the general

public. Other such state-of-the-art pools in the country are either privately owned (by the likes of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Stampeders) or opened publicly after Hydrathletics opened. It’s a testament to the rising popularity of aquatic therapy and fitness training. While water-based training for athletic purposes is a proven practice, the benefits water-based therapy can make for those with injuries or ailments are remarkable, Stilwell explains. “It’s a huge difference, especially for people with chronic pain – issues with walking, sitting, or just any type of issue that they can’t do on land, they can do in the pool,” he says, pointing out that while in the water, clients can unload their body weight while engaging in physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercises. This means that post-operation patients, and those overcoming other injuries, are able to begin therapy much earlier in a pool,

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