Therapeutic
Therapeutic Programs

Welcome To Therapeutic Recreation

In Recreation we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be active in a way that suits their abilities and comfort levels. This is why we have expanded our program options to include therapeutic programming. Therapeutic recreation programming differs from traditional recreation with specifically designed programs for those who may be:

  • Living with a chronic disease
  • Recovering from an injury/surgery with the required rehabilitation completed
  • Instructed to be physically active by a medical professional

Our therapeutic recreational programs are not intended to take the place of physical, occupational or other therapies. We recommend that participants must:

  • Receive approval from a medical or health care professional to participate in programs
  • Be able to participate in physical activity that does not require the direct supervision of a medical or health professional
  • Be independent in decision making and personal care or have a support worker attending the program to assist in these areas

Why Participate In Therapeutic Programs

Improved Quality of Life

Medical Research and Daily Physical ActivityMedical research has proven that regular physical activity:
  • Assists in reducing risk and/or successful management of a wide variety of chronic diseases
  • Assists in improving the quality of life and reduction of pain
  • Speeds up and improves the recovery from injury and surgery
  • Increases overall energy and mental well-being

Programs with a therapeutic focus allow individuals to participate in safe, inclusive and appropriate activities led by certified instructors.

Building on the need for people to manage their health and fitness, our community centre staff has worked in consultation with Trillium Health Centres (Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre) and other health care professionals to develop programs for specific conditions.

We understand that living with a chronic disease, an acquired physical disability or recuperating from an injury or surgery can be difficult and lead to changes to your independence, daily routines, eating habits and need for exercise. We want to help get you back on track living the best life you can.

Water Provides Special Benefits

Benefits of Water Based Therapeutic Programs

The warm water in our therapeutic pools provide a number of benefits that include:

  • Reduced effects of gravity allowing for more comfortable movement
  • Reduced effects of gravity allowing for more comfortable movement
  • Positive pressure providing support
  • Increased circulation of blood and oxygen to the body
  • Warmth and relaxation for the entire body

These benefits allow participants to exercise longer due to less pain which results in:

  • Faster healing
  • Strengthening of muscles around joints increasing range of motion and mobility
  • Successful exercise routines that provide benefit and increased quality of life

You do not have to know how to swim to take classes. Try an exercise class held in the therapeutic pools.

Facility Accessibility

Facility Accessibility

All of our community centres are accessible. Review our Find Us tab for site specific amenities. March of Dimes granted Malton and Clarkson pools the Award of Merit Barrier-Free Design award in 2011.

Familiar Equipment

Familiar Equipment

Treadmills, elliptical machines, resistance bands, stability balls, light hand and ankle weights are all pieces of equipment used in both rehabilitation and post rehabilitation exercise programs. If you have completed rehabilitation programs our equipment and programs will be familiar to you.

Our certified instructors with specialized training offer safe exercise programs for a wide range of abilities. These exercise programs will support the management of chronic disease and encourage the healing process.

Our programs are not intended to take the place of physical, occupational or other therapies. Participating in various programs can result in an improved healing process and better management of chronic disease.

We offer three ways you can participate in therapeutic classes:

  • Purchase a therapeutic membership (attend classes where space permits)
  • Register for a class and guarantee your space
  • Drop in and Pay As You Go (attend classes where space permits)

Not all classes listed below are available as part of the therapeutic membership. Some programs are registration only or may require a referral form.

Visit your community centre for up-to-date membership and drop in class scheduleS.

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Therapeutic classes listed below by area of interest. Individuals may obtain the most benefit by attending classes in different areas. Click on the bars below for complete listing of classes.

Please note: Registration only or referral only programs are not included in membership.

indicates classes taking place in a pool; no swimming ability required (unless otherwise mentioned in class description)

Reduce Joint and Muscle Pain

The following programs focus on movements and exercises designed to Reduce Joint and Muscle Pain. Click on the program name for a program description.

Ai Chi

Flow through 19 movement patterns while focusing on breathing to increase range of motion and relaxation. Persons with fibromyalgia have experienced profound pain relief while participating in this program.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Chair-ercise

Strengthen and stretch with the assistance of a chair.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs

For persons who have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain by a medical professional, this class will help maintain and increase strength and stability. Physician's note or therapist referral required.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs (H2O)

Designed for persons with chronic back pain and orthopaedic conditions to improve walking and activities of daily living, this program will increase muscle strength, core stability and range of motion. Those with Parkinson's, poor balance and posture, or challenges walking after surgery or an injury will also benefit from this class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Hip and Knee

Focus on range of motion and conditioning of muscles associated with the hip and knee joints. Recommended before and after hip and knee surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Instructed Therapeutic Time

Like Aquatic Personal Training in a group setting. An instructor will provide you with an exercise program to work through based on your needs and goals. They will provide guidance dividing their time between participants.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Fit for Bones Level 1

Light cardio, stretching and weight bearing exercise for those who have Osteoporosis or who want to prevent it.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Fit for Bones Level 2

Designed for persons looking for a more intense workout than Keep Fit for Bones Level 1. Light aerobic, stretching and weight bearing exercise to strengthen bones and muscles.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Oh My Aching Body Arthritis

A gentle class designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength. The warm water soothes sore joints while the instructor leads the class through safe movements. Recommended for persons with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and Parkinson's.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Shoulder, Posture and Core

Improve posture by challenging core strength while emphasizing good alignment. There is a strong focus on effective shoulder stabilization throughout class. Recommended before and after shoulder surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Therapeutic Body Movement

This gentle movement and breathing exercise class focuses on improving overall health and healing. Specifically for those managing a chronic condition, recovering from an injury or interested in a non-intimidating, easy to follow class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Warm Water Fibromyalgia Exercise

This gentle full body workout includes a variety of exercises, and breathing techniques. This course is held in the warm water, will gradually build muscle strength, improve range of motion and improve your body's use of oxygen.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Yoga Therapeutic

This class is most beneficial for those recovering from or are living with an injury or illness. It blends gentle seated and standing yoga postures with breath work and guided meditation. Focus will be on healing and putting the body back into balance.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Yoga Therapeutic H2O

This warm water class blends gentle yoga postures with guided meditation and breathing. Focus will be on healing and return to a whole body balance. This class is ideal for improving range of motion, balance, strength and mobility. This class is beneficial for those recovering from an injury or living with a chronic condition.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Injury Recovery Pre/Post Surgery

These classes are designed to prepare an individual for surgery or to help strengthen and support after surgery or an injury.

Aqua Cycle - Therapeutic    (Registration and Drop In only)

Strengthen muscles with little impact on your joints by riding an underwater stationary bike. This is a beneficial program if you are living with or recovering from knee/lower limb injuries, orthopaedic conditions, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Connect 2 Rec    

Better Backs

For persons who have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain by a medical professional, this class will help maintain and increase strength and stability. Physician's note or therapist referral required.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs (H2O)

Designed for persons with chronic back pain and orthopaedic conditions to improve walking and activities of daily living, this program will increase muscle strength, core stability and range of motion. Those with Parkinson's, poor balance and posture, or challenges walking after surgery or an injury will also benefit from this class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Hip and Knee

Focus on range of motion and conditioning of muscles associated with the hip and knee joints. Recommended before and after hip and knee surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Instructed Therapeutic Time

An instructor will provide you with an exercise program to work through based on your needs and goals. They will provide guidance, dividing their time between participants.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Shoulder, Posture and Core

Improve posture by challenging core strength while emphasizing good alignment. There is a strong focus on effective shoulder stabilization throughout class. Recommended before and after shoulder surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Yoga Therapeutic H2O

This warm water class blends gentle yoga postures with guided meditation and breathing. Focus will be on healing and return to a whole body balance. This class is ideal for improving range of motion, balance, strength and mobility. This class is beneficial for those recovering from an injury or living with a chronic condition.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Improve Balance and Walking Ability

These classes are designed to improve your balance, leg strength and walking ability. With good balance a missed step or small stumble does not result in a fall, instead it becomes a quick rebalance to maintain a standing position.

Instructed Therapeutic Time

An instructor will provide you with an exercise program to work through based on your needs and goals. They will provide guidance dividing their time between participants.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Moving Waters for MS and Strokes

Designed to improve mobility, flexibility, balance, coordination and stamina for stroke survivors or those living with Multiple Sclerosis. Held in an 84 degree pool to prevent overheating.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Strong and Steady   (Referral only)

Strong and Steady is a falls prevention program taught by Trillium Health Partners staff and offered at Carmen Corbasson Community Centre (1399 Cawthra Road near the QEW). This program requires a doctor referral.

Doctor Referral Form (PDF)    Program Brochure (PDF)

Stronger and Steadier Level 1

Improve leg strength, flexibility, coordination and posture to increase balance and build confidence. This will reduce the chances of falling and allow for better recovery in case of a fall.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Stronger and Steadier Level 2

Improve balance, coordination, posture and increase flexibility to reduce chances of falling and allow for better recovery in case of a fall. Individuals must be able to independently climb a flight of stairs and walk for eight minutes consistently without the use of a walking assistive device.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Stronger and Steadier H2O

Improve posture, agility, strength, flexibility and coordination in order to have better balance reducing chances of falling. These will also allow for better recovery in case of a fall. The pool is an ideal place to build confidence while staying safe.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Warm Water Stroke Post Rehab

Recovering from a stroke or do you have a neurological impairment? This class will improve functional mobility focusing on range of motion, muscle conditioning, balance, gait and postural training. This program is also suitable for people who have Parkinson's disease. Participants should bring a caregiver into the water with them if they feel they will need assistance doing the exercises.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Other Supporting Courses

The classes below include a component to improve posture and walking ability.

Chair-ercise

Strengthen and stretch with the assistance of a chair.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs

For persons who have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain by a medical professional, this class will help maintain and increase strength and stability. Physician's note or therapist referral required.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs (H2O)

Designed for persons with chronic back pain and orthopaedic conditions to improve walking and activities of daily living, this program will increase muscle strength, core stability and range of motion. Those with Parkinson's, poor balance and posture, or challenges walking after surgery or an injury will also benefit from this class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Hip and Knee

Focus on range of motion and conditioning of muscles associated with the hip and knee joints. Recommended before and after hip and knee surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Moving

Participants will perform gentle standing and chair exercises which will focus on balance, posture and muscle conditioning. Appropriate for Falls Prevention candidates.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Oh My Aching Body Arthritis

A gentle class designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength. The warm water soothes sore joints while the instructor leads the class through safe movements. Recommended for persons with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and Parkinson's.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Shoulder, Posture and Core

Improve posture by challenging core strength while emphasizing good alignment. There is a strong focus on effective shoulder stabilization throughout class. Recommended before and after shoulder surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Therapeutic Body Movement

This gentle movement and breathing exercise class focuses on improving overall health and healing - specifically for those managing a chronic condition, recovering from an injury or interested in a non-intimidating, easy to follow class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Increased Muscle Strength and Endurance

These classes are designed to improve muscle strength and endurance allowing for improvement in the activities of daily living.

Chair-ercise

Strengthen and stretch with the assistance of a chair.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs

For persons who have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain by a medical professional, this class will help maintain and increase strength and stability. Physician's note or therapist referral required.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs (H2O)

Designed for persons with chronic back pain and orthopaedic conditions to improve walking and activities of daily living, this program will increase muscle strength, core stability and range of motion. Those with Parkinson's, poor balance and posture, or challenges walking after surgery or an injury will also benefit from this class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Hip and Knee

Focus on range of motion and conditioning of muscles associated with the hip and knee joints. Recommended before and after hip and knee surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Instructed Therapeutic Time

An instructor will provide you with an exercise program to work through based on your needs and goals. They will provide guidance, dividing their time between participants.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Fit for Bones Level 1

Light cardio, stretching and weight bearing exercise for those who have Osteoporosis or who want to prevent it.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Fit for Bones Level 2

Designed for persons looking for a more intense workout than Keep Fit for Bones Level 1. Light aerobic, stretching and weight bearing exercise to strengthen bones and muscles.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Moving

Participants will perform gentle standing and chair exercises which will focus on balance, posture and muscle conditioning. Appropriate for Falls Prevention candidates.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Moving Waters for MS and Strokes

Designed to improve mobility, flexibility, balance, coordination and stamina for stroke survivors or those living with Multiple Sclerosis. Held in an 84 degree pool to prevent overheating.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Oh My Aching Body Arthritis

A gentle class designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength. The warm water soothes sore joints while the instructor leads the class through safe movements. Recommended for persons with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and Parkinson's.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Osteoporosis Class

Class includes gentle stretching, weight resistance, and a short low impact segment taught with consideration for those with reduced bond density and limited joint mobility.

Drop In

Shoulder, Posture and Core

Improve posture by challenging core strength while emphasizing good alignment. There is a strong focus on effective shoulder stabilization throughout class. Recommended before and after shoulder surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Strong and Steady   (Referral only)

Strong and Steady is a falls prevention program taught by Trillium Health Partners staff and offered at Carmen Corbasson Community Centre (1399 Cawthra Road near the QEW). This program requires a doctor referral.

Doctor Referral Form (PDF)    Program Brochure (PDF)

Stronger and Steadier Level 1

Improve leg strength, flexibility, coordination and posture to increase balance and build confidence. This will reduce the chances of falling and allow for better recovery in case of a fall.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Stronger and Steadier Level 2

Improve balance, coordination, posture and increase flexibility to reduce chances of falling and allow for better recovery in case of a fall. Individuals must be able to independently climb a flight of stairs and walk for eight minutes consistently without the use of a walking assistive device.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Stronger and Steadier H2O

Improve posture, agility, strength, flexibility and coordination in order to have better balance reducing chances of falling. These will also allow for better recovery in case of a fall. The pool is an ideal place to build confidence while staying safe.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Therapeutic Body Movement

This gentle movement and breathing exercise class focuses on improving overall health and healing. Specifically for those managing a chronic condition, recovering from an injury or interested in a non-intimidating, easy to follow class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Aqua Cycle - Therapeutic    (Registration only)

Strengthen muscles with little impact on your joints by riding an underwater stationary bike. This is a beneficial program if you are living with or recovering from knee/lower limb injuries, orthopaedic conditions, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Connect 2 Rec    

Warm Water Stroke Post Rehab

Improve functional mobility focusing on range of motion, muscle conditioning, balance, gait and postural training. This program is suitable for persons recovering from a stroke, living with a neurological impairment or who have Parkinson's disease. Participants should bring a caregiver into the water with them if they need assistance or would like help doing the exercises.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Specialized Programs for Specific Conditions

These programs are specifically designed for people living with these conditions. Exercise with individuals who have experienced similar diagnosis.

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis Aquafit

Relax with focused breathing while increasing strength and range of motion. Gentle movement in the water will assist in circulation to reduce lymphatic swelling.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs

For persons who have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain by a medical professional, this class will help maintain and increase strength and stability. Physician's note or therapist referral required.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs (H2O)

Designed for persons with chronic back pain and orthopaedic conditions to improve walking and activities of daily living, this program will increase muscle strength, core stability and range of motion. Those with Parkinson's, poor balance and posture, or challenges walking after surgery or an injury will also benefit from this class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Warm Water Fibromyalgia Exercise

This gentle full body workout includes a variety of exercises, and breathing techniques. This course is held in the warm water, will gradually build muscle strength, improve range of motion and improve your body's use of oxygen.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Moving Waters for MS and Strokes

Designed to improve mobility, flexibility, balance, coordination and stamina for stroke survivors or those living with Multiple Sclerosis. Held in an 84 degree pool to prevent overheating.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Oh My Aching Body Arthritis

A gentle class designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength. The warm water soothes sore joints while the instructor leads the class through safe movements. Recommended for persons with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and Parkinson's.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Warm Water Stroke Post Rehab

Improve functional mobility focusing on range of motion, muscle conditioning, balance, gait and postural training. This program is suitable for persons recovering from a stroke, living with a neurological impairment or who have Parkinson's disease. Participants should bring a caregiver into the water with them if they need assistance or would like help doing the exercises.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Strong and Steady   (Referral only)

Strong and Steady is a falls prevention program taught by Trillium Health Partners staff and offered at Carmen Corbasson Community Centre (1399 Cawthra Road near the QEW). This program requires a doctor referral.

Doctor Referral Form (PDF)    Program Brochure (PDF)

Sweet Success   (Referral only)

Cardiac Pulmonary Group Exercise Classes   (Referral only)

If you have recently graduated the Credit Valley Hospital's cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program you are part of a unique group eligible for specialty pricing on a City of Mississauga Fitness Membership. This program is by referral only.

In addition Rivergrove Community Centre offers a few specialty designed group exercise classes for you! Lead by a certified instructor, the class is 55 minutes long. It has a warm up, cardiovascular component focused on reaching target heart rates / Perceived Exertion, muscle conditioning and a cool down. Everyone in this group has gone through a situation similar to yours. Come and have fun socializing during and after class and everyone acts as a support person to each other.

Moving On   (Referral only)

Moving On is an activity program in support of those living with chronic lung diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Activities include specifically designed group exercise classes and access to a fully equipped Fitness Centre. Participation is by referral only through either the Pulmonary Rehabilitation or COPD Education Programs at the Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital, or the Breathe Better-Live Better Mississauga Halton Community COPD Education Program.

  • For more information contact Regina Kim the South Common Community Centre, (905) 615-4770 x 2284.

Improve Cardiovascular/Heart Conditions

These classes are designed to improve your cardiovascular condition.

Instructed Therapeutic Time

An instructor will provide you with an exercise program to work through based on your needs and goals. They will provide guidance, dividing their time between participants.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Aqua Cycle - Therapeutic    (Registration and Drop In only)

Strengthen muscles with little impact on your joints by riding an underwater stationary bike. This is a beneficial program if you are living with or recovering from knee/lower limb injuries, orthopaedic conditions, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Connect 2 Rec    

Other Supporting Courses

The classes below can improve your cardiovascular condition but heart health and reaching a target heart rate are not the main focus.

Chair-ercise

Strengthen and stretch with the assistance of a chair.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Oh My Aching Body Arthritis

A gentle class designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength. The warm water soothes sore joints while the instructor leads the class through safe movements. Recommended for persons with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and Parkinson's.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Osteoporosis Class

Class includes gentle stretching, weight resistance, and a short low impact segment taught with consideration for those with reduced bond density and limited joint mobility.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Increase Flexibility

These classes are designed to improve flexibility and range of motion. The ability to bend and reach is important for achieving activities of daily living such as tying your shoes or reaching to a higher shelf.

Ai Chi

Flow through 19 movement patterns while focusing on breathing to increase range of motion and relaxation. Persons with fibromyalgia have experienced profound pain relief while participating in this program.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Instructed Therapeutic Time

An instructor will provide you with an exercise program to work through based on your needs and goals. They will provide guidance dividing their time between participants.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Other Supporting Courses

The classes below have a component that will help to improve flexibility although it is not the main focus.

Chair-ercise

Strengthen and stretch with the assistance of a chair.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs

For persons who have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain by a medical professional, this class will help maintain and increase strength and stability. Physician's note or therapist referral required.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs (H2O)

Designed for persons with chronic back pain and orthopaedic conditions to improve walking and activities of daily living, this program will increase muscle strength, core stability and range of motion. Those with Parkinson's, poor balance and posture, or challenges walking after surgery or an injury will also benefit from this class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Hip and Knee

Focus on range of motion and conditioning of muscles associated with the hip and knee joints. Recommended before and after hip and knee surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Fit for Bones Level 1

Light cardio, stretching and weight bearing exercise for those who have Osteoporosis or who want to prevent it.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Fit for Bones Level 2

Designed for persons looking for a more intense workout than Keep Fit for Bones Level 1. Light aerobic, stretching and weight bearing exercise to strengthen bones and muscles.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Moving

Participants will perform gentle standing and chair exercises which will focus on balance, posture and muscle conditioning. Appropriate for Falls Prevention candidates.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Moving Waters for MS and Strokes

Designed to improve mobility, flexibility, balance, coordination and stamina for stroke survivors or those living with Multiple Sclerosis. Held in an 84 degree pool to prevent overheating.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Oh My Aching Body Arthritis

A gentle class designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength. The warm water soothes sore joints while the instructor leads the class through safe movements. Recommended for persons with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and Parkinson's.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Osteoporosis Class

Class includes gentle stretching, weight resistance, and a short low impact segment taught with consideration for those with reduced bond density and limited joint mobility.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Shoulder, Posture and Core

Improve posture by challenging core strength while emphasizing good alignment. There is a strong focus on effective shoulder stabilization throughout class. Recommended before and after shoulder surgery.

Drop In

Therapeutic Body Movement

This gentle movement and breathing exercise class focuses on improving overall health and healing. Specifically for those managing a chronic condition, recovering from an injury or interested in a non-intimidating, easy to follow class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Aqua Cycle - Therapeutic    (Registration and Drop In only)

Strengthen muscles with little impact on your joints by riding an underwater stationary bike. This is a beneficial program if you are living with or recovering from knee/lower limb injuries, orthopaedic conditions, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Connect 2 Rec    

Warm Water Stroke Post Rehab

Improve functional mobility focusing on range of motion, muscle conditioning, balance, gait and postural training. This program is suitable for persons recovering from a stroke, living with a neurological impairment or who have Parkinson's disease. Participants should bring a caregiver into the water with them if they need assistance or would like help doing the exercises.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Yoga Therapeutic

This class is most beneficial for those recovering from or are living with an injury or illness. It blends gentle seated and standing yoga postures with breath work and guided meditation. Focus will be on healing and putting the body back into balance.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Listing Of All Therapeutic Classes

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis Aquafit

Relax with focused breathing while increasing strength and range of motion. Gentle movement in the water will assist in circulation to reduce lymphatic swelling.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Ai Chi

Flow through 19 movement patterns while focusing on breathing to increase range of motion and relaxation. Persons with fibromyalgia have experienced profound pain relief while participating in this program.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Chair-ercise

Strengthen and stretch with the assistance of a chair.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs

For persons who have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain by a medical professional, this class will help maintain and increase strength and stability. Physician's note or therapist referral required.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Better Backs (H2O)

Designed for persons with chronic back pain and orthopaedic conditions to improve walking and activities of daily living, this program will increase muscle strength, core stability and range of motion. Those with Parkinson's, poor balance and posture, or challenges walking after surgery or an injury will also benefit from this class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Hip and Knee

Focus on range of motion and conditioning of muscles associated with the hip and knee joints. Recommended before and after hip and knee surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Instructed Therapeutic Time

An instructor will provide you with an exercise program to work through based on your needs and goals. They will provide guidance dividing their time between participants.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Fit for Bones Level 1

Light cardio, stretching and weight bearing exercise for those who have Osteoporosis or who want to prevent it.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Fit for Bones Level 2

Designed for persons looking for a more intense workout than Keep Fit for Bones Level 1. Light aerobic, stretching and weight bearing exercise to strengthen bones and muscles.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Keep Moving

Participants will perform gentle standing and chair exercises which will focus on balance, posture and muscle conditioning. Appropriate for Falls Prevention candidates.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Moving Waters for MS and Strokes

This program is in a pool with a sustained temperature of 84 degrees to prevent overheating while exercising. The program is designed to improve mobility, flexibility, balance, coordination and endurance. Participating in exercise programs has been proven to help improve quality of life for M.S. and stroke survivors.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Oh My Aching Body Arthritis

A gentle class designed to increase flexibility and muscle strength. The warm water soothes sore joints while the instructor leads the class through safe movements. Recommended for persons with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and Parkinson's.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Osteoporosis Class

Class includes gentle stretching, weight resistance, and a short low impact segment taught with consideration for those with reduced bond density and limited joint mobility.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Shoulder, Posture and Core

Improve posture by challenging core strength while emphasizing good alignment. There is a strong focus on effective shoulder stabilization throughout class. Recommended before and after shoulder surgery.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Strong and Steady   (Referral only)

Strong and Steady is a falls prevention program taught by Trillium Health Partners staff and offered at Carmen Corbasson Community Centre (1399 Cawthra Road near the QEW). This program requires a doctor referral.

Doctor Referral Form (PDF)    Program Brochure (PDF)

Stronger and Steadier Level 1

Improve leg strength, flexibility, coordination and posture to increase balance and build confidence. This will reduce the chances of falling and allow for better recovery in case of a fall.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Stronger and Steadier Level 2

Improve balance, coordination, posture and increase flexibility to reduce chances of falling and allow for better recovery in case of a fall. Individuals must be able to independently climb a flight of stairs and walk for eight minutes consistently without the use of a walking assistive device.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Stronger and Steadier H2O

Improve posture, agility, strength, flexibility and coordination in order to have better balance reducing chances of falling. These will also allow for better recovery in case of a fall. The pool is an ideal place to build confidence while staying safe.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Therapeutic Body Movement

This gentle movement and breathing exercise class focuses on improving overall health and healing. Specifically for those managing a chronic condition, recovering from an injury or interested in a non-intimidating, easy to follow class.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Aqua Cycle - Therapeutic    (Registration and Drop In only)

Strengthen muscles with little impact on your joints by riding an underwater stationary bike. This is a beneficial program if you are living with or recovering from knee/lower limb injuries, orthopaedic conditions, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Warm Water Stroke Post Rehab

Recovering from a stroke or do you have a neurological impairment? This class will improve functional mobility focusing on range of motion, muscle conditioning, balance, gait and postural training. This program is also suitable for people who have Parkinson's disease. Participants should bring a caregiver into the water with them if they feel they will need assistance doing the exercises.

Connect 2 Rec    

Sweet Success   (Referral only)

Moving On   (Referral only)

Moving On is an activity program in support of those living with chronic lung diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Activities include specifically designed group exercise classes and access to a fully equipped Fitness Centre. Participation is by referral only through either the Pulmonary Rehabilitation or COPD Education Programs at the Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital, or the Breathe Better-Live Better Mississauga Halton Community COPD Education Program.

  • For more information contact Regina Kim the South Common Community Centre, (905) 615-4770 x 2284.

Yoga Therapeutic

This class is most beneficial for those recovering from or are living with an injury or illness. It blends gentle seated and standing yoga postures with breath work and guided meditation. Focus will be on healing and putting the body back into balance.

Connect 2 Rec   Drop In

Improving Your Way of Life

Sauga Stroke Breakers    (Referral only)

A therapeutic day program consisting of a swim session, tai chi and a choice of arts and crafts, cards, board games, bowling, tennis and shuffleboard. This program requires a doctor's referral. You will be asked to complete an interview/assessment prior to acceptance into the program.

  • For more information contact (905) 615-4670.

Next Step to Active Living   (Referral only)

A therapeutic recreation program offering a supportive environment for adults aged 21 and over with an acquired physical disability. Community integration to promote a positive independent lifestyle is facilitated through individualized recreation choices in a community setting. Next Step to Active Living is funded through the Mississauga - Halton Local Health Integration Network

  • For more information click on the link to see their website

Exercise on your own

Therapeutic Pool Time

Drop in and work through prescribed exercises in the therapeutic pool during selected times. No formal class instruction but speciality equipment is available. If attending with a personal therapist, the therapist and client must pay the admission fee or hold a current therapeutic membership. Click here for schedule and times.

Therapeutic time is a perfect time for verified health care providers to bring clients for sessions. For more information on obtaining verified health care provider status please click here ( can we link to the FAQ section of the website and the question that responds to how to be a verified therapist). Therapists and clients are required to pay the appropriate admission fees.

Therapeutic/Fitness Swim

At least one lane is available for swimming laps and/or therapeutic exercise in the lap pool. This is a great option for anyone looking for either a cooler temperature pool, or deeper water than what is available in most of our therapeutic pools. Specialty equipment will be available. Search for scheduled times using the Drop-In tool. Physiotherapists are welcome to bring clients during this time. Therapist and client are both required to pay the admission fee.

Drop In

*Click the symbols to learn more about the therapeutic amenities at these centres.

Burnhamthorpe   Burnhamthorpe Community Centre
1500 Gulleden Drive, Mississauga, ON, L4X 2T7
Phone: 905-615-4630
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Carmen Corbassen Community Centre   Carmen Corbassen Community Centre
1399 Cawthra Road, Mississauga, ON, L5G 4L1
Phone: 905-615-4800
Get Direction Take the Bus Accessibility Features Walking Track

 
Clarkson Community Centre   Clarkson Community Centre
2475 Truscott Drive, Mississauga, ON, L5J 2B3
Phone: 905-615-4840
Get Direction Take the Bus Accessibility Features Therapeutic Pool

 
Erin Meadows Community Centre   Erin Meadows Community Centre
2800 Erin Centre Blvd, Mississauga, ON, L5M 6R5
Phone: 905-615-4750
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Frank McKechnie Community Centre   Frank McKechnie Community Centre
310 Bristol Rd. E., Mississauga, ON, L4Z 3V5
Phone: 905-615-4660
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Burnhamthorpe   Hershey Sportszone Fitness Centre
1500 Gulleden Drive, Mississauga, ON, L4X 2T7
Phone: 905-615-4630
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Huron Park Community Centre   Huron Park Recreation Centre
830 Paisley Blvd. West., Mississauga, ON, L5C 3P5
Phone: 905-615-4820
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Malton Community Centre   Malton Community Centre
3540 Morning Star Drive, Mississauga, ON, L4T 1Y2
Phone: 905-615-4640
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Meadowvale Community Centre   Meadowvale Community Centre (NOW OPEN)
6655 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, ON, L5N 3L4
Phone: 905-615-4710
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Mississauga Valley Community Centre   Mississauga Valley Community Centre and Terry Fox Pool
1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd, Mississauga, ON, L5A 3R8
Phone: 905-615-4670
Get Direction Take the Bus Accessibility Features Accessibility FeaturesTherapeutic Pool

 
River Grove Community Centre   River Grove Community Centre
5800 River Grove Ave., Mississauga, ON, L5M 4R8
Phone: 905-615-4780
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South Common Community Centre   South Common Community Centre
2233 South Millway, Mississauga, ON, L5L 3H7
Phone: 905-615-4770
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Recognizing the importance of different options for different people, the Recreation division provides drop in programs, registration programs and membership options. Each option has benefits; the path to being successful is to choose the option that is best suited to you.

Membership drop in classes are available space permitting.

Membership

The City of Mississauga introduced a Therapeutic Membership with programs and services to benefit individuals preparing for surgery, in post rehabilitation, living with a chronic condition or who want to maintain an independent and active lifestyle but find traditional exercise classes challenging.

A Therapeutic Membership is:

  • Cost effective - Depends on how often you participate and/or access the other amenities
  • Convenient - attend any number of Therapeutic classes (without additional cost, space permitting)
  • Portable - can be used at facilities across the City

Membership Benefits and Features

  • Therapeutic land & water drop in classes* led by qualified instructors with specialized training joining the gap between clinical therapy and traditional fitness activities
  • Therapeutic pool time in our 4 warm water Therapeutic pools
  • Cardio and weight room access
  • Public swim and skate times at 11 indoor pools and 10 ice arenas city wide
  • Use of the Carmen Corbasson Community Centre indoor walking track

Both our fitness centres and therapeutic pools have a variety of equipment such as light weights and stationary bicycles for you to use. Memberships and passes are usable at all City of Mississauga fitness centres, pools and arenas. Please note, not all of our facilities have the same equipment or amenities. Our Find Us tab provides more information on our facilities.

Therapeutic Rates

*space permitting

Registration

Registering for a course is beneficial for those that require structure and short term commitment to a routine. By registering for a class, you are guaranteed a space in that class. Older Adults, who purchase a therapeutic membership, receive a 20% discount on therapeutic, aquatic and skating registration programs. Registration programs can be found by visiting:

Registering for a program can be done 2 ways:

Online

A family personal identification number (PIN) is required for online registration. If you have never before registered for a program, taken out a membership or rented one of our facilities or you have forgotten your pin visit:

Sign up today
for an Active Mississauga.ca account!

If you already have your family PIN and you are familiar with our online registration process, proceed to find and register online:

 

In Person

Visit your local community centre or Customer Service Centre at the Central Library. To find your closest community centre or the centre offering your program, visit our Find Us tab.

Drop In/Pay Per Visit

The drop in option is beneficial to individuals who are committed to attending programs but require flexibility in their attendance. This option is good for those who are self-motivated and will attend consistently. The participation and payment is based on each visit. Costs per program vary. Classes may fill quickly space is not guaranteed. To find the drop in therapeutic programs use the links below and enter the program name in the search bar.

Note: The link will display all recreation programs available. Please search by name for the therapeutic program of your choice.

Fee assistance program Active Assist is available for individuals and families requiring assistance.

General Program information

Is there a cost for these programs?

Yes the City of Mississauga has a user pay philosophy which means that the individuals who are using a specific program or service should have to share in the expense of providing that program or service. Each program has a specific fee based on the length of the program. There are drop- in rates, registration fees, and membership fees. More information is on the Join Us tab.

How do I sign up for programs?

How to sign up for the program depends on which program(s) you are interested in attending. For most of our programs participation can begin right away.

Information on options for participating can be found on the Join Us tab.

I have been told to exercise but I have physical limitations and I'm concerned that the class isn't appropriate for me.

To find the most effective program(s) and ensure the class is appropriate:

  • Review the class information in the Activities Page and determine which class seems appropriate to you.
  • Speak with your primary health care provider. Provide some information about the class or program and ask if they have any concerns. You could provide them with the Therapeutic Website link so they could review the information.
  • Prior to the start of a class speak with the instructor and let them know of your concerns.
  • Always work at your own pace, if an exercise is painful tell the instructor immediately.

I can't afford to pay for any programs. Are there any other options for me?

The City of Mississauga has a fee assistance program called Active Assist. Confidentiality is always maintained. This assistance is given in the form of a credit to your Recreation account. Please visit Active Assist for more information.

How do I know that the instructor is knowledgeable and qualified?

  • All aquatic therapeutic instructors are certified in aquatic exercise program design and have taken additional certifications/training specific to post-rehabilitation and chronic conditions.
  • Land instructors have basic certification as an instructor and/or personal trainer and emergency first aid and CPR from an industry recognised organization. Our instructors also have further training and certifications specific to the program they instruct.

When can I start?

  • It is wise to speak with your doctor or medical practitioner about starting a program to ensure the program is right for you. Once you are comfortable the program will suit your needs and right for you search our drop in programs found here.
  • See Activities tab for information on our programs and available times
  • Current Drop in programs can be found here: Drop In
  • Registrations are pro-rated so you only pay for classes that are remaining. To register for a program visit: Connect 2 Rec

Will my insurance cover therapeutic classes?

Some insurance companies will cover certain program costs. We can provide you with a letter indicating the qualifications of our instructors and program information to give to your insurance company. Speak with your insurance company directly to understand your coverage.

What happens to my membership if I am sick or away for an extended period of time?

Memberships can be cancelled at any time for a $10 administrative fee and are pro-rated. It is important to note that the effective date of the cancellation is the date the written refund request is provided and date stamped by the City regardless of the date the participant stopped attending the class.

I require a support person that helps me in programs. Do they have to pay to come to the program?

In relation to individuals with disabilities:
  • If a support person is required to enable participation in an activity, then the support person is allowed free entry into the program/facility.
  • A support person who is only required before and after an activity is allowed free entry, but will not participate in the activity with the individual.
  • If the support person is participating in the program for their own benefit/enjoyment while they are with the customer, they are required to pay the appropriate fee.
      If an individual is:
      • Using the City of Mississauga facility/location as their designated place of work.
      • Licensed as a health care provider or acting under a license of a health care provider/professional service(ie: being paid by a physiotherapy clinic or providing physiotherapy services)
      • Providing a service that duplicates programs/services offered by the City (personal training, swimming lesson etc.)
      they are not considered a support person and are required to pay for entry into the facility/program.

      A Support Person is defined as the person who accompanies the individual with a disability or individuals with disabilities to help with one or more of the following areas: communication, mobility, personal care, safety or medical needs. A support person must be at least 14 years of age and can be:
      • a personal support worker, (PSW)
      • a family member,
      • a friend
      • a volunteer
      • an Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapist (ABA)

I work with a therapist/personal trainer. Can they come with me to the community centre?

Verified Health Care Providers ( or those acting on behalf of a verified Health Care Provider who are registered with the City of Mississauga, Recreation Division will be permitted to conduct therapeutic sessions for clients in City of Mississauga recreation facilities during City run public access programs. Verified Health Care Providers (and/or those acting on their behalf) are required to pay the "Verified Health Care Provider" rate and clients are required to pay the appropriate admission rate. The definition of a Verified Health Care Providers: physiotherapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, occupational therapists or an athletic therapist (and those acting on their behalf) that are registered with a provincial licensing body and have been verified, and are listed on the City of Mississauga Verified City of Mississauga Health Care Provider Registry. For more information on Verified Health Care providers please contact your local community centre and speak to the fitness or aquatics supervisor.

Water Programs

I can't swim, can I still attend these programs?

Yes. Swimming skills are not required for therapeutic classes.

All of our water programs are supervised by a qualified lifeguard. (The instructor may also be the qualified lifeguard.)

What should I bring to the pool?

  • Clothing that is clean, and designated for pool use only (bathing suit, or shirt, leggings, shorts or burka/burqa) can be worn.
  • A towel
  • Some participants bring:
    • House coats to avoid getting cold once they get out of the pool and in the change rooms.
    • Non slip water shoes, running shoes that are designated for pool use only to walk through the change rooms, through the showers and on the deck. You can wear water shoes in the pool or go bare foot in the pool.
    • Shampoo and Soap to wash off after the class.
    • A lock for any items that you will keep in a locker. (We recommend that valuables be left at home and only clothing be left in a locker during your program.)
    • A water bottle to bring on deck so that you can drink and remain hydrated during the class

Does my fitness membership get me into therapeutic time?

Fitness Memberships include access to public swims (Fun, Length and Family). They do not include Therapeutic time but there are pay as you go and multiple visit payment options.

Is there someone who can help me get into the pool?

Our lifeguards are trained on how to use the pool lifts to assist people with getting in the pool We also have water wheel chairs for those who would like to use the ramps. If you require assistance using the ramp, or stairs to enter into the pool we would suggest that you bring a support worker with you to the pool.

What is the difference between "Therapeutic Time" and "Adult Leisure Swim"?

Therapeutic time is when therapeutic members, physiotherapists and their clients, and other drop in participants work on specific exercises in the pool. Specialty equipment is also provided at this time. Adult Leisure time is a time for Mississauga adult residents to enjoy the therapeutic pool. These participants may not be focused on exercise and number of participants in the pool may be higher than during Therapeutic time.

Land Programs

I have never been to a gym but my doctor has recommended that I begin a program. How will I know what to do?

When a fitness membership is purchased included is a Starter session. Be sure to sign up for a starter session and a certified personal trainer will guide you through exercises that will be of benefit to you. If you would prefer more guidance personal training sessions are available for purchase and a personal trainer will work with you to develop a program to help you reach your goals safely and effectively.When a fitness membership is purchased included is a Starter session. Be sure to sign up for a starter session and a certified personal trainer will guide you through exercises that will be of benefit to you. If you would prefer more guidance personal training sessions are available for purchase and a personal trainer will work with you to develop a program to help you reach your goals safely and effectively.

Do you have to be a senior to participate in the Heartwise class?

No, Heart Wise Exercise programs are safe suitable and heart friendly fitness program offered in the community. They are ideal for individuals who have completed cardiac rehab or who are at risk for cardiovascular disease. Heart Wise Exercise programs do have a set criteria that must be met in order to be designated as Heart Wise Exercise programs. For more information on Heart Wise programs visit our fitness page

Do you need a doctor's referral to attend the Heartwise class?

A doctors referral or note is not required for the Heartwise Exercise programs however it is always a good idea to discuss with your doctor or health care provider any exercise program you wish to attend. Provide as much information as possible and together determine if the class is right for you.

Can anyone attend all classes if they have a fitness membership

A Fitness membership provides different benefits and programs than a therapeutic membership. For details on the fitness membership visit our fitness membership page. A therapeutic membership has other benefits and services. For a comparison of memberships review the membership information under the Join Us tab

What are the instructor's qualifications?

All our instructors have certification from an industry recognized organization and first aid and CPR. Depending on the program some instructors have had additional training specific to the program.

Personal Training is available both on land and in the pool. A certified personal trainer will create and coach you through a personalized program designed to help you meet your goals.

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