Holistic Approach to Health: Vanakays

Crystal Champagne
In the West Island where there seems to be a never ending stream of new gyms popping up, Vanakays Mouvement Santé stands alone as a unique holistic center that not only treats the physical dimension of the body, but the spiritual element and the mental discipline as well. Vanakays combines a private health club, osteopathy, endermologie, massage therapy and nutritional consultations. Each service is managed by some of the top professionals in their field.
If you are looking for the current trends to get in shape, or need the help of a certified and experienced osteopath or require a deep tissue massage that will relax your mind and body then I invite you to experience what Vanakays and its' knowledgeable team have to offer.

I had the chance to interview Jules Preddie, one of the founding owners of the gym and here is what he had to say:Jules Preddie

What is Vanakays gym all about?

We are an all-encompassing gym with a team of highly qualified and versatile fitness and health professionals with the goal of inspiring everyone to live a healthy, active and happy life. We believe in not only healing the body but also the mind, both are interlinked so one of our goals is to encourage and motivate our clientele to truly live and enjoy life through exercise.

Jules tell me a little bit about you.

By trade I am a professional fitness consultant. I’ve been involved in the field of exercise and sports starting at a very early age. I became a certified tennis instructor at 16, and expanded afterwards into the art of karate – I must say that was one of the best decisions of my life. One of my proudest achievements was having the good fortune to compete internationally in this discipline and being ranked amongst the top 3 for my weight class.

Can you fill me in on the Vanakays concept and what makes you unique?

Our team of different departments complement one another. In fact our goal of providing such a holistic environment could not be achieved without having the synergy of the complimenting departments. To give you an example; if one of our regular personal training clients has an alignment problem we are able to easily help their issue by referring them to one of our oesteos, and it works both ways. If someone comes into see one of our oesteos and our professional sees that physical training is a necessity for a faster recovery we have the capability addressing the situation immediately.

Who is your target market segment?

Our clientele is generally 35 - 65 years of age with women representing 60%. For most they are West Island professionals. Many of these individuals are often leaders in the community, well connected, and have influence to encourage others to follow their example to living healthier lives.

When did Vanakays open its doors?

In September 2009 Vanakays and a partner of Movement Santé joined forces with a shared vision. However, both parties had been in the industry for several years prior to uniting. In March of 2009, together we bought a building in Pointe Claire village, which we operate out of.





This Saturday August 21st we invite you to come meet some of our team players in Ste. Anne de Bellevue on the walk way near the docks. We will be participating in helping promote local businesses, and as well, we will be raising funds for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Crystal Champagne - Personal Trainer
Crystal combines 10 years of competitive equestrian riding to her certifications as a personal and group trainer to inspire individuals in achieving their fitness objectives. As well, she enjoys working as a strength coach for elite athletic sports teams.

Visit her at : http://crystalfitness.net/

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