Harsh Mariwala launches second health care venture

The Mariwala family has invested nearly Rs 5 crore of personal wealth to set up Aquacentric in Mumbai's Andheri

Published: Jul 30, 2018

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Marico founder harsh Mariwala has launched Aquacentric, a premium physiotherapy-led centre, which focuses on treating orthopaedic, neurology, paediatric and women-related health care issues. Led by physiotherapist Dr Amit Kohli, it offers water, land and air (outdoor)- based therapy.

This is Mariwala’s second venture in the space of wellness after the Mariwala Health Initiative (MHI), a funding agency set up in 2015 to help improve mental health across social classes. MHI and Aquacentric, through ventures founded and invested into by the Mariwala family, remain outside the Marico Group.

The new 7,000-sq-ft area in Andheri in which the Mariwala family has invested nearly ₹5 crore of personal wealth involves the use of two therapeutic indoor pools while exercising on land involves a medical gymnasium with equipment designed for people with specific ailments and disabilities. Aquacentric charges ₹1,500 for a consultancy session and additional charges for treatment.

“Extensive research was done by travelling to the US, UK, Switzerland, and Australia where similar facilities exist,” says Kohli. A second centre will open in Worli followed by ones in Thane and Powai.

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