Pilates still waiting to launch

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Founder of The Remedy Physio and Pilates, Rhiannon Mouritz.
Camera IconFounder of The Remedy Physio and Pilates, Rhiannon Mouritz. Credit: Kellie Balaam

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on many businesses across the State, but with restrictions starting to lift, some are feeling a sense of relief.

Rhiannon Mouritz, meanwhile, is still waiting to get her business off the ground.

Founder of The Remedy Physio and Pilates in Narrogin, Ms Mouritz said setting up a new business during a pandemic had taught her some important lessons.

“It’s made me more resilient — it teaches you to think about things a little bit more, like how your business is running and how it can survive during a disaster time,” she said.

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“You have to be on top of things and have a back-up plan for when disaster strikes,

“I think I was in a lucky position because I didn’t have any employees, and the support small businesses have been given during the pandemic has been phenomenal.”

The coronavirus crisis stopped Ms Mouritz from launching her business on April 1.

“If we had opened two months earlier and had a client base and people working for me, it would have made things tricky,” she said.

“We’ve been renovating since Christmas, but it was really around mid-March, when things started ramping up, that I noticed the impacts.

“But I just kept progressing forward and tried not to sit back and think it wasn’t going to happen.”

Rhiannon Mouritz is still waiting to get her business off the ground.
Camera IconRhiannon Mouritz is still waiting to get her business off the ground. Credit: Kellie Balaam/Kellie Balaam

The physiotherapy element of The Remedy has been open to clients for consultations under essential work.

But the Pilates side of the business was stopped before it could start.

“Even with the gathering restrictions lifted to 10 people, the reformer Pilates machines are classified as shared equipment so I can’t have people using the same piece of equipment throughout the day,” Ms Mouritz said.

Excited for the next phase of the relaxation of COVID-19, Ms Mouritz said she had brought the health service to the Wheatbelt to give back to her community.

Specialising in women’s health, Ms Mouritz has transformed a 120-year-old building into what she describes as a “beautiful and modern place that still fits in with the town”.

“I found there is a real need in the Wheatbelt and country WA for people to have better health services and I found it really important to provide a service for women to benefit from throughout their life, particularly women and exercise,” she said.

“Women living in the country who don’t play sport, there really aren’t many options ... it’s really tricky, and a lot aren’t staying healthy because they don’t have options of exercise.”

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