About Marcia

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns

I’ve found an ideal way to transition from busy shifts as a registered nurse to a more relaxed way of educating, encouraging and supporting others with their own health and wellness goals. It’s called Essentrics™, an effective and healing full-body dynamic stretch and strengthen program that is safe for people of all ages and fitness levels. I felt benefits in my own health when I first started doing the classes over 5 years ago.

Miranda Esmonde-White and Marcia Culham during training in Montreal in 2017.
Miranda Esmonde-White and Marcia Culham during training week in Montreal in 2017.

That lead to time spent in Montreal studying with Essentrics master trainers and to the eventual completion of my Level 4 certification in December 2018.

I look back with so much pride over the length of my nursing career, the first half in a demanding role in an inner-city Emergency department, and the later half in an extremely busy outpatient cancer center. Now in my 43rd year as an RN, and instructing Essentrics classes since 2016, I’ve taken some definite steps back from nursing.

From the very beginning, I’ve wanted to target the 50+ group (since I’m 60+ myself) and cheer on good health habits of regular exercise, so the name Vital 1 Fitness came about quite naturally. To have vitality means you’re strong and active and have energy. We all know the many benefits that come with remaining active……loosening what is tight, strengthening weaknesses, easing discomforts, maintaining good balance, achieving better posture……and that leads to an improved quality of life and to feeling better in your body.

Do something special for yourself, give Essentrics™ a try and be a Vital 1.

Marcia Culham, R.N.

Certified Essentrics™ Instructor, Honors – Level 4, January 2019
Certified Essentrics™ Instructor, Honors – Level 3, June 2018
Certified Essentrics™ Instructor, Honors – Level 2, August 2017
Certified Essentrics™ Instructor, Honors – Level 1, October 2016
Myeloma Canada Nurse of the Year, 2015
DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses nominee, 2014 and 2015
Nursing Advisory Board Panelist, 2011, 2013 and 2014
Research Nurse of the Year Tom Baker Cancer Center, 2006
Oncology Nursing Distance Education Certificate – 1999
Post Basic Emergency Nursing Certificate – 1982
Registered Nurse Diploma – 1979
CPR / AED / Basic Life Support Certification – current