Stay Informed and
Catch The CALA Wave
CECs are offered for all CALA Training Events except
the initial taking of the Vertical Waters Training.
Good news for all members of
Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO).
take CALA approved courses and earn CALA Education
Credits (CECs), you may now use them as credit
towards TRO registration under the non-TRO-sponsored
As the holiday season is
upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who
have helped to shape our lives. It’s been quite a year for us all! CALA
hopes that 2019 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues and
your loved ones. We look forward to working with you in the years to
Put these dates in your
Take time to
with your fellow CALA Instructors.
ON PHYSIOTHERAPY “CUTTING-EDGE TECHNIQUES FOR
AUGMENTATION OF PHYSIOTHERAPY REHABILITATION”
CALA Movement Matters Workshop May 15th, 2019 at
the Canada Games Centre, Whitehorse, YT.
Message from Penny at RPAY…. Nathan is a superstar! It is never easy to
be the final act in a three day, intensive workshop but he was able to
pull it off with flying colours! The participants who stayed commented
that the CALA workshop should be offered at every Spring Aquatics
workshop in the Yukon. Thank you for all your work, Charlene pulling
this together and Nathan.. thank you for meeting the group where they
were at, being aware of the challenges and for brining such great energy
to the group.
CALA at the York Region Spring Fling event on May 15,
Markham Pan Am Centre.
and Katherine McKeown experienced a successful Trade Show, with so many
conference delegates congratulating CALA on continuing to offer the Gold
Standard in Vertical Water Training.
CALA is GOLD, providing opportunities for individuals
to Gain, Outstanding, Leadership, Delivery skills.
Charlene and her leadership team are at the
Toronto Canfitpro conference
August 16-18 2019.
See you next year at the conference
March 16, 2019
CALA having fun practicing the CALA Base moves at
West Scarborough Community Centre, May 2019. Oops,
couldn’t fir everyone in the picture - this is a warm
and friendly group of new CALA enthusiasts. One more day
to complete the VWT training. Next steps... a CALA Group
Aquafit Course June 25-June 27 in West Scarborough
Pictures from Mexico below.
VWT and GAF Terrace BC
Israel Group Aquafitness Certified Leaders, February
Oded Netzer continues to train and certify leaders
in Israel. We are proud to feature the recent CALA -
Total Fitness Israel Group Aquafitness Certified
Leaders, February 2019.
Oded Netzer web page
Check the Upcoming page for
future offerings in Israel
Cheers Charlene Kopansky
Contact CALA for the Power Music CALA discount
This code will give 10% off any purchase on the
Power Music website (excluding our Power Music Now subscription).
This code will expire at the end of the year.
The POWER MUSIC NOW subscription service is
definitely a favourable deal for instructors. It’s $14.95 per month
and offers a 30 day free trial for everyone. This gives an
instructor unlimited Power Music albums AND unlimited ClickMixes via
our pitch control mobile app player. This is by far the best service
for Group Aqua Fitness instructors!
Thanks Lois for hosting the Cala Land Meets Water workshops at the Nav Can Fitness Centre. We had a great day of fun and leaning!
Here’s my Aquafit
December focus. The
Abdominal Snowman has
been a hit with
everyone, including the
‘6-pack rectus abdominus’
featured front and
centre. Planning to add
terminology as the month
I found the
image (copyright and
patent free) online.
Cropped the image and
printed small sections;
taped the snowman
together piece by piece.
Not difficult and the
end result has been
worth the time and
Here’s my latest if you are interested in sharing.
Inspire yourself and your class with a theme. My
January theme has been ‘Hydrate’ as shown by my large-sized Water
Molecule. Robbie Burns Day this week was the perfect time to
capitalize on a theme—make the most of the moment. In this case,
Water Molecule sported a tam, I tossed on a kilt, and popped a few
Scottish tunes into the playlist. Even though not everyone was
familiar with Robbie Burns, everyone had an excellent workout, some
taking the high road and others the low. ‘Fun Gets Done’.
Good news for all members of
Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO).
If you take CALA approved courses
and earn CALA Education Credits
(CECs), you may now use them as
credit towards TRO registration
under the non-TRO-sponsored event
CALA celebrates the accomplishments of it Members
Dale Douglas, one of our talented CALA Presenters and
Certified leaders has a very talented daughter. It is always great
to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our CALA members and
Sarah Douglas qualifies Canada in the Laser Radial class for the
Friday, August 10th, 2018 - Kingston, ON
Canadian Sailing Team Member, Sarah Douglas worked her way up the
scoreboard at the 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus in
Denmark. The Laser Radial sailor showed impressive skills throughout
the event, sailing consistently in the challenging conditions that
Aarhus offered with multiple top 5 finishes, including a bullet in
Sarah hit the water strong today, competing in her first medal race
at a World Championships. She held her own in the fleet of
Olympians, Medalists, and World Championships as Aarhus delivered
shifty winds ranging from 6 - 25 knots, finishing 7th in the Medal
Race and 6th overall.
Sarah credits her success to hard work and dedication, as she has
successfully secured Canada a berth in the Laser Radial class for
the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, "I’m incredibly happy with my racing
this week. Aarhus brought a variety of conditions and I’m happy to
put together a solid regatta. It was my first medal race and I was
very excited to be out racing in epic conditions with the top girls
in the world. Securing the Olympic spot was the goal and I’m happy
to have done that for Canada. Now the focus is to rest before
heading to Japan in September for the next World Cup in Enoshima and
setting up training for the year." - Sarah Douglas
Congratulations to all Canadian Sailors competing at the event!
A blast from the past
Talk about conjuring up great memories.
Georgina, a CALA leader, from
Newfoundland, who became certified in 1999
just reconnected with me to show me her CALA
Aqua Strength and Conditioning Workshop -
CALA Instructor Kristin Murphy
Kristin was great! She was totally awesome
even though the projector wasn’t supplied.
She winged it like a pro.
It was really great to hear from other
instructors and get ideas from them. It was
I also really really like the articles
you post on Facebook. Those are great! It
was such a coincidence that a client asked
me for more knee exercises and then before
the next class there it was, an article
giving aqua knee exercises. I incorporated
some of them and most of the people came up
to me saying “that is exactly what I wanted.
”Thank you :) Best regards Janet
Note from CALA Certified Leader, Wilma
Weidner of Quattro Aquatics
The Fairmont Hotel has raised the pool
temperature and it’s about 34 degrees C!
I now have a few people in the lap pool
and a few in the main pool and I stand in the
middle doing a harder work out and a mellow
- anchored program at the same time !!
(For 30 minutes than they join the warm
water for anchored and stretch moves)
Tons of fun because I like a challenge
Going into this condition again.
Lap pool is in the back.
Doing more obliques ;)
Wilma teaches her CALA classes at the
Chateau Whistler in the rain, snow and
sunshine. Participants and hotel
guests love it.
Fabulous testimonial for Katherine… Sept 24th workshop in Norfolk County.
Feedback 1 Sept 24th workshop in Norfolk County
Just wanted to pass along that my
staff really enjoyed the workshop last night! Katherine – my team can be hard to
impress, but they certainly enjoyed your presentation. Thanks and I look forward to having
you return to do another course/workshop in the future.
Sept 24th workshop in Norfolk
Hi Katherine, Thank you for your
Workshop Presentation last evening. By the time I got to
the Workshop Evaluation at the end of the session my
brain just wasn’t providing me with meaningful things I
wanted to share with you. I’ve collected a few of those
thoughts here. By no means does my note capture the
‘whole picture’ of the learning that happened for me.
Thank you for the rich vocabulary, the
motivational (and might I add succinct ) phrases that
definitely bring power and meaning to the class. I was
thrilled to expand my repertoire of useful verbal and
visual cues. In addition to the specific things I
learned from your presentation, your comments &
anecdotes, flipped a switch for me. Light bulbs went on
reminding me of teaching strategies that have been the
mainstay of my career. Fun? Yes it was. Humour? Needed
and you interject it so well. It matters to me that
everyone find the personal enjoyment, fun, and
fulfillment that comes from an active and now I add
‘Aquatic’ Lifestyle. Works for me.
I taught Aquafitness this morning.
Well, after being with you last evening, I felt
empowered to teach and to connect. Loved it. It was like
riding a bike. Faces beamed when I caught the group
doing things well and complimented on their efforts. (A
story for you: I taught in a number of schools and as
you know not all administrators are what we might like
to have as our leaders. One in particular was somewhat
difficult. I immediately immersed myself in a number of
CDs with Lessons: How to Train Killer Sharks. Bingo
Bongo…6 months later, well the administrator was just
fine. Caught him in the good acts often enough that
eventually his good acts outnumbered the others#&^%&)
It was my attendance at your workshop
last evening that gave me a treasure chest of ideas and
strategies. And, you empowered me to do it, to teach.
And it was great fun. I only exaggerated a wrong move
2x. Laughter and smiles appeared.
I have much to learn and look forward
to doing that. Meanwhile, you have helped me make the
most of what I currently know and understand about
Thanks Katherine, Have a great day,
Sept 24th workshop in Norfolk
Katherine is such an outstanding course
leader & she made the whole presentation engaging and
totally enjoyable-just as you would expect. I found the
material quite worthwhile and thought it would be a
lovely addendum to any of the CALA training sessions.
Having said that, the exchange of ideas & information
was particularly helpful to me, especially now that I
have some knowledge under my own belt, so perhaps it
would be better as an offering at one of your
Simcoe was a relatively long drive;
also the timing was a bit difficult, however I’m glad to
see the course content as one of your workshop topics!
Physical Therapy – One
Step At A Time
Mesothelioma is a difficult form of cancer that develops in the
individual's interior lung lining. From there, it can grow out of
and spread through the body, and doctors typically prescribe an equally
aggressive regimen of chemotherapy in order to control and defeat the
condition. However, such treatments can often have unwanted side
the patient, including fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite. In order
minimize such pains, many doctors recommend
as a way for patients to get back in control of their life
their sense of well-being during treatments. Physical therapy can
individuals with a number of health benefits, many of which can reduce
symptoms that come with intensive chemotherapy.
Not all physical therapy focuses on muscular development. Through
respiratory therapy, individuals are able to open their airways better
reduce a number of unwanted side effects that come with pleural
mesothelioma. Through regular care and practice, individuals will be
equipped to combat difficulty breathing, painful coughing and general
when breathing. These symptoms often worsen with the progression of the
disease, but physical therapy can help individuals strengthen their
and airways in order to fight against the symptoms and reduce the pain
Fatigue manifests in a number of different ways, and many patients may
as though they are not able to move as freely as they could have before
treatments. Through physical therapy practices, patients will be able
and enjoy a number of additional benefits. These practices
focus largely on
incremental stretches and basic exercise, which help improve the
individual's levels of activity. This can allow them to begin
daily tasks again, such as cooking and bathing, and it can be an
way for patients to regain some of their normalcy back after such a
Because of the system of exercising that physical therapy encourages, patients
will have the chance to enjoy a greater degree of personal health. Any type of
exercise can be enough to reduce muscular atrophy and provide the body with
. Through physical therapy, patients will be able to reduce
symptoms and fight against the cancer much more actively because of how
much better the cells will be able to function. By directly combating
fatigue and pain, patients will also be able to improve their outlook
it comes to their treatment. The effects of positive thinking in the
against a debilitating disease have long been documented, and
who feel better will ultimately be able to combat cancer better.
Those who would like to begin changing their personal care routine for the
better should be sure to speak with a medical professional at their earliest
convenience. A capable doctor will be able to point patients in the right
direction when it comes to physical therapy, and a steady regimen can be just
what individuals need to feel better after rigorous chemotherapy treatments.
|Charlene on the cover of Canfitpro Magazine - November 2016
|Charlene and the other presenters at the the Woman Who Influence Event in August |
|Getting Ready for 2016
|CALA Spring Conference 2015 - Flashback
||June Conferences in Timmins, Canmore and Dollard-Des-Ormeaux.,
||Getting ready for 2016
|Check out what CALA members are offering in their communities… So very cool!
Always full of fun and very entertaining, Jane Jones, Kelowna, BC leading a Halloween Theme Class, October 2015 at The Parkinson Recreation Centre. Who knew this high level ironman athlete would wear a cheerleading outfit… Go Jane Go.
CALA Booth at York Regional Spring Fling with Charlene Kopansky! Spreading the joy of movement in Water.
CALA Spring Conference, Kitchener, Ontario… The pool was absolutely packed as enthusiastic instructors created loads of turbulence motivated by CALA Presenter, Dylan Harries.
Thank You Card from Course Participants –
Wingate Institute, Israel – December 8, 2010
Translation from Hebrew to English
In Hebrew, the meaning of CALA is Bride, in a wedding.
We are very happy to be the Groom of the Bride, for this first CALA
program in Israel.
We hope that you felt in love with us and in our country as we fell in
love with you.
Thank you for a week of very rewarding and intensive study that helped
us to grow and become enriched.
We enjoyed every moment. We will be happy to be in contact with you and
This is our first season of CALA in Israel, at the Wingate Institute,
December 2 – 8, 2010 and we look forward to many more…
Pioneer CALA Class Participants: Mor, Idit, Ronit, Uzi, Hetz, Riki,
Shirley, Ofer, Karni, Tami, Nissim, Yaffa, Idan,
|Here is an exciting new program our friends in Bracebridge
launched in September.
Sit/Stand At Your Desk
Research Round Up by Rob Duncan, Edited by Charlene Kopansky
Conducted by Jack Callaghan, Canada Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics and
Injury Prevention, Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the
University of Waterloo and the leading expert on spine mechanics in Canada. first
laboratory-controlled study offers new sit-to-stand workstation guidelines
A young man suffering from a serious
back injury came to the pool with his
child. He kept a close eye on the
exercises the instructor was doing with
client. He asked can you make me walk,
the doctors said I would never walk.
I’ve been in the wheelchair for 4 years
now. No promises the instructor said but
if you want to try we can work together.
After 1.5years a miracle happened. Up to
then the instructor move the man’s legs.
One day he said, I want to do it myself.
With total commitment he started to move
his legs himself. With time the
instructor would tell him the exercise
and he would do them. When he went to
the doctor, the doctor noticed major
changes. He asked what he was doing. The
man said exercising in the water. When
he told the doctor the exercises he was
able to do, the doctor said it is not
possible, your movements are spontaneous
muscle contractions. There is no way you
will ever be able to control your
movements. The man said to the doctor,
the instructor tells me the exercise and
I do them. The instructors mixes up the
movements so I have no idea what they
are going to make me do. How can this be
spontaneous muscle movement. The long
story short is, he now walks with braces
and has returned to work.
Another reason to cross train
– Land Meets Water…
Water is magical - buoyancy
unloads the body, and impact
decreases with increasing depth
Athletes and other fitness
enthusiasts who participate in
land based activities that
include a significant amount of
‘landing’ run the risk of
developing a condition called
foot-strike hemolysis. This may
result in rupturing of red blood
cells affecting the ability of
the body to maintain the iron
needed to carry oxygen.
Runners have been found to
develop hemolysis, whereas long
distance cyclists have not.
Schumacher et al, 2002 suggested
that repeated foot strikes
associated with running destroy
red blood cells.
Mary Lou's Hydrorider training in Timmins,
I am available for autographs...LOL
We have started our “free” trails this week, and so far so good. Everyone seems to love them!
We really enjoyed training with you…we will have to look at some different training for next year and get you back up to us!!
Aquatic Supervisor CAP, RRFS
The Corporation of the City of Timmins
Aqua Cycling - Charlene's response
Great to see an article regarding training in water featuring the
HydroRider. CALA Inc. is the approved training and certification
organization for HydroRider in Canada. We recommend, where possible,
to place the bike so that the body is immersed from chest to
shoulder depth. There are several reasons: increasing the depth of
immersion unloads the body (think gravity reduction), decreasing
gravity, decreases saddle soreness often associated with land based
cycling; water provides hydrostatic pressure on the chest wall
challenging the work of breathing, this enhances the training
effect on the respiratory muscles thereby improving breathing
capacity on land; with the arms/shoulders immersed, a variety of
upper body movements are designed to complement the leg cycling
action, thereby training the upper body in a number of planes...
think multi-directional resistance (chest, shoulders, back &
abdominals are worked along with the legs and gluteals). Next,
immersion in water facilitates venous return (return of blood back
to the heart), increasing stroke volume and cardiac output, reducing
the training heart rate. Enhanced venous return is due to
hydrostatic pressure, turbulence, buoyancy and thermal conductivity.
This does not mean that the training effect is lower. It means the
training heart rate is lower for a given intensity than it would be
on land, the good news.. the training effect is unaffected. When
sitting on the saddle, you must engage the deep core and body
stabilizing muscles, especially if you are moving the upper body
(arms) while legs are cycling. The arm and leg movements generate
turbulence and the body needs to work isometrically, activating the
core muscles and postural muscles to remain stable in the saddle...
You definitely get a cardiovascular workout, it does not feel the
same as a workout on land... Why? You remain relatively cool and
refreshed while exercising, due to thermal conductivity - Water
draws excess heat away from the body about 25 x faster than
exercising on land; you are performing concentric muscle action and
avoiding eccentric muscle action. Concentric muscle action does not
contribute to DOMS: delayed onset muscle soreness. Gravity unloads
the body! There is so much more to share about Vertical Water
Training, using the Charlene Kopansky Method.