Customized health building opens at West Wind

       Located in a just-finished building, In Motion/Wellness Physical Therapy facility opened last week in the West Wind Center at Centennial Boulevard and Garden of the Gods Road.
       Owned by physical therapist Brian Surage, the 8,200 square-foot facility next to Ace Hardware includes his office, as well as the relocated offices of the Triple Crown of Running, osteopathic physician David Furrow, counselor/eating-disorder specialist Janice VanAnrooy and Healthy Hands physical therapy (Terri Cerciello).
       The building also has two separate units available for lease.
       In Motion is dominated by a 2,600-square-foot gym that contains some weight-training equipment but is most heavily used by fencing and wrestling classes, Surage said.
       The busin ess had simply been called “In Motion” at its previous location near Colorado College, but Surage said he decided to add “Wellness” to the name to underline the involvement of the facility's health-oriented specialists.
       The relocation for the 12-year-old business became necessary because Surage's former landlord, Colorado College, is going to redevelop the site (at 801 N. Cascade Ave.) for a classroom building.
       Surage said he decided to relocate at the West Wind center because he likes the Westside/Rockrimmon area. Building his own facility allowed him to design a place twice as large as his old one and to customize it to his needs - including extra windows to enhance the natural lighting and, as he put it, an “industrial-strength air purifier.” He estimated the overall cost at $1.3 milion.
       Surage is also using the gym to help him fulfill a unique personal fitness goal. He seeks to be the oldest wrestler ever to qualify for the Olympic Trials in 2008. Only 13 qualify. He will be 52 then. But he has reason to be hopeful. In a recent unofficial match at the Olympic Training Center, against a wrestler who is ranked ninth in the nation, Surage fought him to a 1-1 tie. He still battles a chronic fatigue problem, but with his workout regimen - in which he seeks slow but steady strength increase - “I feel better now than I did in my late 20s,” he said.
       Whether Surage succeeds in the Olympics or not, his effort is definitely in keeping with his stated philosophy as a physical therapist: “The best way to teach is to live it.”
       To reach In Motion, call 268-8939.

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