In 1993 I had my first visit to Canyon Ranch in Tucson. My friend who was to come with me had to cancel due to breast cancer. She is fine. I went as part of the “Saratoga” group but was in a single room. While at the Ranch I met many wonderful people as part of our group as well as other guests. My goal was to participate in activities I did not do at home. One of these programs was aquatics. I took the H20 Power Hour, Aqua Shape, Deep Water Pump and had a Watsu session.
When I got home I really wanted the experience to continue by adding a water work out to my dance aerobics and hiking. I found classes at my neighborhood YMCA. These classes, while social, were not the level of workout I felt at the Ranch. Therefore, I took matters into my own hands. I became an Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) certified aqua fit instructor. I have maintained this certification for more than 12 years and recently completed a certification by the Arthritis Foundation in their methods. Every other year I still come to the Ranch and have just made my 12th trip in June. I have been teaching an Aqua Fit II class at the Southwest YMCA in Campbell, California, on Monday nights for more than 10 years. Canyon Ranch is indeed a special place where lives can change, but you cannot leave the Ranch in Tucson. Take it home with you. Whether you cook a meal from the cookbook, become a certified instructor or just drink more water. Get the most out of the information and resources.