Spa Electrics boosts The Next Step facilities
The Next Step (TNS), a leader in spinal cord injury recovery, celebrated its fifth anniversary with the addition of a brand new wellness hub, thanks to a generous donation from underwater lighting manufacturer Spa Electrics.
Officially opening on 29 March, the wellness hub represents a new chapter for TNS with an entirely new level dedicated to the holistic wellness of TNS clients, family and the support networks who are an integral part of the ongoing recovery process.
The centre is the brainchild of TNS Founder, Rhiannon Tracey, who knows firsthand the challenges of living with a spinal cord injury after a swimming pool accident 10 years ago saw her diagnosed as a C-5 quadriplegic.
Designed as a place of sanctuary for TNS athletes living with a spinal cord injury, the new hub features a meditation space and additional rehabilitation areas. Access to the space was made possible through the Spa Electrics donation, which funded the installation of a lift and faciltated direct wheelchair access.
“This is such an exciting time for TNS and I’m so incredibly proud of what we have achieved as a team in the past five years. I cannot thank the team at Spa Electrics enough for their incredibly generous support, which has allowed us to pursue this wonderful expansion. Since opening TNS five years ago, it has been my goal to provide others living with a spinal cord injury a facility that not only works on the body, but also the mind — something that has been crucial during my own recovery,” Tracey said.
Spa Electrics CEO Kevin Rust said the project is close to his heart.
“We are thrilled to partner with TNS to help make this important expansion possible. Working with Rhiannon, who experienced her own injury in a swimming pool, makes this a project that is very close to the hearts of those at Spa Electrics, and we are thrilled that our partnership will enable more athletes the opportunity to work with this incredible organisation to aid their recovery,” Rust said.
The wellness hub will be a vital addition to TNS’s goal of holistically treating those with spinal cord injuries. The centre offers recovery programs designed specifically for those who have suffered a spinal cord injury through the delivery of evidence-based recovery models that utilise the latest recovery options and modalities.
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