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Mark Richardson, Arthritis Coach, Etobicoke and surrounding areas

Arthritis Coach

Mark Richardson

Etobicoke and surrounding areas

Arthritis has not just been a part of my life it has been my reality. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 4! It could have been diagnosed earlier but only Dr. Martin Wolfish suspected Rheumatoid Arthritis, because in a child of my age, at this time it was a rarity.

From grade 1 to grade 7, I'd spend my whole fall school terms in The Hospital for Sick Children  (Sick Kids Hospital) or at home recuperating or rehabilitating from the onslaught of Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis. Therapy, at the time, included massive doses of steroids (amounts that are illegal today) and rest. 

As a teenager my arthritis went into remission, and I began to live an active life for the first time. I played football, basketball and even got to ride my horse, Friday, competitively.

As I reached 20 years old I decided that I could not take anything for granted. Why? Because Dr. Wolfish had said I would not live past the age of 20, and if I did I would be damaged goods. I'm now closing in on 60 and every day has been a blessing.

Since I turned 20 I've traveled across Canada and throughout the World. I attended York University for a BA in Business and finished in the Fine Arts, Dance and Choreography program.. I've trained horses and run triathlons. I became an entrepreneur and star salesman in my thirties. I even started my first business with one lawnmower and over time grew it to become the largest UniLock Brick installer in all of Ontario. 

While I had many struggles in those times I decided that Arthritis would not run my life. Now I look to coaching to help others step out of the shadow of their arthritis, starting by making their lives better planned for their arthritis to leading an active lifestyle.

I've worked with doctors, chiropractors, fitness experts and arthritis experts to create personalized motion/exercise courses that use no-to-low impact moves. This helps build up resistance. I coach people, not only physically, but with their mindset to give them the independence that our disease has actually stolen from us. 

I love to coach boomers and seniors. I do it with empathy and sympathy. Please join us at Motionize to create a better future for yourself. Call us today at 416-786-6401 and we'll set up your first consultation today.

Mark’s Credentials

  • 2014 - Nordic Pole Walking (NPW) – National Certified Instructor
  • 2012/2013 - Neuro Linguistic Pathways (NLP) –Certified Instructor
  • 2010 - Chronic Pain Management – Arthritis Society
  • 2009 - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • 2008 - Yoga for Arthritis
  • 1994 - Personal Trainer (PT)
  • 1989 - Karate Blue Belt
  • 1981-1983 - Dance – York University
  • 1972 - Transcendental meditation
  • 1965 - Judo Yellow Belt
  • 1962-1975 - Equestrian Hunter & Show Jumping – (Walked 1972 Munich Olympic Course – Met Princess Anne)

Mark’s Mentors

  • Dr. Martin Wolfish – diagnosis of my Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Hugh Comerford, Behaviourist – NLP and Behaviour
  • Patrick Boake – NLP, Life Friend and Behaviourist
  • Father Francois Maurice – Faith and Spirituality (with and without religion)
  • Dr. Mark Smolkin – Mind and mindfulness
  • Dr. Tom Isaacs – Chiropractor – Bio-Mechanics and Healing
  • Denis Chagnon – Energies and Self-Healing
  • Gord Wilson – Life long, life Mentor re: finance, vision, loyalty, the past. He was the first to say “Motion is Lotion” and lives it.
  • I'm calling attention to all those who know and feel themselves falling into the atrophy quicksand.
  • People who have been labelled Boomers, Aging, Seniors
  • People who have been labelled arthritic by the medical industry, family, friends or even your own mind (ie: self talk)
  • People of any age that have sold themselves, told themselves “I cannot do activity anymore”!
  • Do you have a friend, family member who believes they cant participate anymore. Worse case being house bound
  • I’m a Fitness Life Coach specializing in the audience of Boomers to Seniors that may have been afflicted with a plethora of arthritis type diagnoses
  • Boomers to Seniors who desire to be more active, perform at a higher level of life  - as simple as better body performing, really wishing to overcome a diagnosis to those preparing for orthopedic surgeries

 

Our goal at Motionize is to help people who have restricted their lives because of pain. Our clients are able to live their lives to the fullest  when we help them with:

  • Personalized exercise courses using low-to-low impact moves, building up to resistance training
  • Motionize routines in a class setting (if requested)
  • Mind/body connection process
  • Fitness, coached sessions, transferable skills to home or office use in everyday life
  • Self-measured, regulated fitness
  • Provide a “body tune-up” every 6 months (to ensure you are doing well at your Motionize routines)
  • One-on-one counselling through various media
  • Guided gym experiences upon request. To encourage comfort levels and confidence within said environment
  • Building the knowledge that you can continue on your own, so you can “go it alone” when you’re ready
  • Diet incorporating "Arthritis" foods 
  • Integrated/Complementary Healing Therapies
  • Patient/Doctor Advocate (Intervention). Ie: Appointments, Pre- and Post-Operative Training and Interpretation (making sure you are getting the maximum from each and every medical appt.
  • NLP (Neural Linguistic Pathways), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Body Recognition/ Reconnection
  • NLP, CBT Body Fitness/Awareness (Growing to be whole)
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Service Area

We service the Western Toronto area including: Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville and Brampton

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Testimonials

"Ten months ago I had a total hip replacement and am getting ready for an upcoming knee replacement. I am very grateful to be working with Mark Richardson who I hired as my Arthritis Coach to support me through the surgery and rehab process. He supports me in living well in spite of my arthritis. I highly recommend Mark to others who are living with chronic pain for any reason or who want to become healthier as they age....."

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  • Nordic Pole Walking
  • Neuro Linguistic Pathways
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Cognitive Behaviourial Therapy
  • Yoga for Arthritis
  • Personal Trainer
  • Karate Blue Belt
  • Dance – York University
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Judo Yellow Belt
  • Equestrian Hunter & Show Jumping
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