By: Candice Marshall
The fast-growing popularity of New Brunswick born, Laura Tillack is gaining huge momentum in Leduc, AB, Canada. She is a woman of many hats (or Superhero capes!) and works countless hours with a true passion for helping her clients achieve their health and fitness goals. There are many people within the fitness industry who are available to the public, but not so many that have the combination of credentials that Tillack has: she is not only a certified fitness instructor (see full credentials below), she is a massage therapist and nutrition specialist as well! When first stepping into Tillack's location, True Touch Massage Therapy and Fitness (TTMTF), one can see where she places her priorities on: her family and her community. (see photos) In fact, the wall in the main gym where she holds fitness classes such as Zumba, Yoga, and Kickboxing (full classes offered can be found on Facebook & www.truetouchmtf.com) has images of her family painted onto the wall. The main foyer has a tree adorned with photos of her staff members, a ‘Family Tree’ as she calls it, evoking warmth to those first walking into the location. In addition, there are several photos of Tillack and her specialist team participating in events like a ‘Zumbathon’ (she and her team raised $4832 in late 2012 for the Children’s Stollery Hospital in Edmonton, AB. Tillack!).
|Tillack's (work) 'Family Tree'|
|Bright and cheery in the Personal Training Room|
|Ambience in the Massage Therapy rooms|
|The wall in the larger gym is adorned with images of Tillack's Husband |
playing with their two daughters, a true inspiration!
“We have initiated and participated in at least 12 different fundraising events in the last couple years and we plan on continuing,” she said. In fact, Tillack has organized a team to participate in the upcoming ‘Color Me Rad 5k” run in Edmonton for July 6th, 2013 (again, proceeds go towards the Stollery Hospital). “I like being able to give back to the community in some way and getting my clients out and enjoying themselves. It’s for good causes so that’s a bonus.”
What inspired Tillack to be the driving force behind these initiatives was her own desire to learn about the Fitness and Health industry while also being available at home to raise her young children. “I always had an interest in fitness and massage. However, I also wanted to be at home and available for my girls as my husband works away a lot. I needed to find a way that I could still be home and also do something I love, which at the time was massage therapy. My interest in fitness grew when I realized that I could be helping my clients prevent injury in the first place,” she said. Soon after, Tillack moved her business from her home and into her current business location.
Tillack became so busy with clients that her staff grew from one to 14 within a short span. Her ‘family’ team is comprised of five certified Massage Therapists, Yoga/Fitness Kickboxing/Zumba/Martial Arts, and Self Defense instructors. The location itself is a main-level building (easy access for those with injuries that prevent them from climbing stairs) with a large gym, a smaller gym (for one on one fitness training), massage therapy rooms and one room for Janssen (laser skin treatments, rejuvenation and hair removal – see website for more details) In addition, Tillack is the Premier Sponsor for ‘Mommy Connections’ in Leduc and Beaumont, a pre/post-natal & toddler program (details also on the website) geared towards educating new moms and moms-to-be on health, education, and development for toddlers.
With all of these programs, professionals and credentials neatly wrapped up in a bow under one roof, Tillack and her team are able to help clients from aches and pains to beauty regimens and beyond. And if this isn’t enough, Tillack also coaches her clients on proper nutrition and supplements too! She recently gained weight on purpose just so she could show her clients that it can be done with proper diet and fitness. “I wanted my clients to know that they are not alone on their journey and that they have my support. I have seen some people not even be able to do one push-up when they first began (training) with me and now they can do twenty in no time flat! I believe in helping them through their frustration because I have been through them myself. There are so many ways to pick up a person’s self-esteem and confidence and fitness is one of them,” she said.
“We also offer nutrition and wellness counseling programs for our clients. Knowing the best daily dietary requirements are important for overall success. When I am working one on one with a client, I encourage them to cut out something once a week. Slow changes are more doable and there’s less room for failure. I was 210 pounds once so I know how challenging this can all be. I just want to help my clients gain strength, knowledge, and confidence. A quote that I truly believe in (from Oprah Winfrey) is this: ‘Your life is validated in your service to others, you become what you BELIEVE’.”What a Trooper! Keep on keeping on Laura!
True Touch Massage Therapy & Fitness
Unit 117, 5103 – 50 Ave,
Leduc, AB, T9E 0B9
PH: (780) 739-1729
*Graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy with a 2200hr, Remedial Massage Therapy Diploma.
* Extra training in deep tissue massage from Schweitzer抯 Deep Tissue Therapy
* Pre/Postnatal Massage course from MH Vicars
* Reiki levels 1 & 2 from Indigo Wellness & Yoga
* Three day Hot Stone Massage Course from Stone Spirits
* Completed a Myofascial Therapy course in Santorini, Greece through the Core Institute
* Fitness Theory
*Portable Equipment course
*Ever Active Kids Certification from the AFLCA
*Fitness Instructor Specialist, Personal Training Specialist, Nutrition Wellness Specialist through Canfitpro.
*Also taken Bender Ball, Moc Studio 54, Tabatta Training and Zumba Basics 1 and 2, Zumba
* Toning, Zumbatomic, Zumba Gold, Zumba Gold Toning and Aqua Zumba through Zumba.com
* Level 2 Advanced Kickboxing Certified through Kickboxing Canada.
* Sports First Responder (SFR) & CPR/AED level HCP
*Athletic Injury Management, Sport Taping and Strapping, Sport Trainer and Sport
*Nutrition Level 1 through the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta (SMCA).
And Member of Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC ), Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA), Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta (AFLCA), Can-fit-pro, Leduc Chamber of Commerce and Socan.com.
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