Beyond The Chair in San Antonio, Texas

aaa300237_497793696945779_1946248913_nIntroducing Beyond The Chair, the amazing, spectacular, life-changing gym. Beyond The Chair is a non-profit organization founded by Nito Blochlinger and Laura Dominguez-Tauer in 2012. Laura is a C6 quadriplegic and Nito has worked in the adaptive exercise field, specifically spinal cord injury recovery for the past 10 years.
Their mission is simple: to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disabilities through intensive exercise programs. Basically they ROCK!! Their Certified Neuro-Fitness Specialists use exercise techniques to train the body in functional movement patterns.
The benefits you ask? Got a moment? Or twenty? Lol.
Beyon The Chair, their amazing staff and their FANTASTIC program:
Improves circulation, blood pressure, cardiovascular endurance and range of motion. Temperature control, sensations, mobility and ability to function independently.
Maintains bone density
Increases muscle mass and strength
Reduces muscle spasms and spasticity
Potential to reduce pain and depression
Don’t think of it as just a gym or and occupational/physical therapy. It’s a post rehab program that targets to compliment and improve the clients level of function. It offers specific programs that are designed for each individual and their needs, whether it be training in their gym, or them coming to you. Even group training!!
Don’t think they are only specializing in SCI (spinal cord injuries). They also provide services for Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, Geriatrics, Spina Bifida, Rett Syndrome, ALS, Fibromyalgia, Amputees, Guillain-Barre, Alzheimer’s and Weight Management. Ummmmm.. MULTI-TALENTED!!!
They have the regular machines you would find in a gym and they also have specialized pieces of equipment as well. For instance, they have a motorized elliptical machine that they harness clients into and it’s adapted to produce a movement pattern that mimics a natural gait while in an upright position; helps improve the ambulation of clients.
You ready for the Disney success story? They happy ever after? How’s this: Parents of a 4 year old cerebral palsy client of theirs was told their son would never walk in his lifetime. When they first started working with him, he could only take 2-3 steps on his own. Now he is able to walk up to 60 unassisted steps on his own! WHOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!
They are holding their first annual golf benefit on June 1, 2013 where ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT SPINAL CORD INJURY RECOVERY AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL DISABILITIES!!!! Check out their Facebook page for more information on that
In a nut shell, this place is one-of-a-kind SPECTACULAR!!!! I encourage EVERYONE to check them out, Google them, LIKE them, SHARE them and SUPPORT them!!!

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