Fitness Classes with Erica Soma

OMBE is happy to welcome Erica Soma, our new fitness instructor! For more information, see Erica’s class schedule and bio below!

 

Mom & Baby Fitness: Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Join this fun, challenging class designed for you and baby.

 

Prenatal Fitness: Thursdays at 12 p.m.

Join this fun, challenging class designed for moms-to-be.

 

ERICA SOMA

Erica Soma has been a fitness professional in the Boston area for almost four years. After growing up in sunny California, she pursued a BA in Exercise Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She arrived in Boston to pursue her MS in Exercise Science, Physical Activity, and Public Health from Northeastern University, and completed the degree in December 2012. Erica’s education and research experience has shaped her evidence-based approach to wellness. As a fitness professional, Erica specializes in working with pre- and postnatal clients. Erica researched the benefits of exercise during pregnancy for her thesis work at Willamette, and was later published in the Journal of Caring Sciences. Her specialty in perinatal fitness was shaped by her experiences interning with Isis Parenting, where she observed over 100 hours of childbirth education classes, surveyed participants, and provided a plan to improve their fitness offerings. She brings together her understanding of childbirth, the human body, movement, and Pilates to train every client and class.

Book online for any fitness class at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Summer Training Tips ~ #10

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

#10 Try Sport Psychology

Endurance training is all about mental preparation.  To prepare for your next event, experiment with different forms of relaxation such as meditation, visualization, and body awareness.  If you don’t know where to begin, try yoga.  Each yoga session, will help you clear your mind, develop powerful breathing techniques, and visualize your sweet race-day success.

Jessica M.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Summer Training Tips ~ #9

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

#9 Stay Local

Sign up for local events to help keep you on track. Choose races that correspond with the mileage you are working towards. The anticipated races will keep you motivated to work towards short-term goals and it’s always good to get SWAG (Stuff We All Get).  Hello, goody bags, t-shirts, energy bars, and coupons!

Jessica M.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Summer Training Tips ~ #8

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

#8 Belly Up to the Pasta Bar

It’s time to make friends with complex carbohydrates.  Incorporating a nutrition program customized for your refueling needs can be more challenging than completing your first 10K.  Some of you should belly up to the pasta bar, while others will focus on electrolyte replacement, hydration, and increasing essential fatty acids.  Sitting down with a nutritional counselor can take the guess work out of what to eat for those 1,000 meals each year.  Don’t forget those post-run snacks to help refuel your glycogen stores.  Start with a nut-butter and a banana for your muscles (and belly) will thank you.

Jessica M.

 

 

 

 

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Summer Training Tips ~ #7

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

#7 Discover Massage

If you’ve never had a good excuse to treat yourself to a regular massage, here’s your chance.  Regular massage reduces lactic acid build-up that can cause cramping and contribute to muscle fatigue.   A great sports massage can improve your range of motion while managing aches and pains.  If you can’t find the time to get regular massages during your training, schedule a session one to two weeks before your event, visit the massage tent after you cross the finish line, and have a massage within seven days after your big race.

Jessica M.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Summer Training Tips ~ #6

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

#6 Don’t Bonk!

Bonking, otherwise known as “crashing” or “hitting the wall” is the dreaded, race-day phenomenon causing endurance athletes to suffer from exhaustion, extreme muscle fatigue, and symptoms of hypoglycemia. In addition to carbohydrate loading, watch for signs of overtraining as you prepare for your event. Symptoms include a higher resting heart rate, low appetite, high blood pressure, weight loss, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and generalized fatigue. If you notice any of these signs, reevaluate your training or see an expert before you get deeper into your workouts.

Jessica M.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Summer Training Tips ~ #5

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

V. Stretch Yourself

You’ve heard it before but you still can’t touch your toes. Would you try stretching if it restored your muscles to their normal length so that they contract at their optimal resting potential? Would you try stretching if it increased your range of motion? You know the routine: warm-up, hold each stretch for 30 seconds, do not bounce, and spend at least 15 minutes focusing on lower-body muscle groups.  Here’s the alternative that we love just as much: the foam roller.  Spend 5-10 minutes rolling out various muscle groups, paying attention to trigger points.  The massage and myofascial release may just help your stride whether or not you can touch your toes.

Jessica M.

 

 

 

 

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Summer Training Tips ~ #4

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

IV. Build Core Strength

Core strength training refers to the conditioning of the stabilizing muscles of your spine, pelvis, and torso.  These muscles provide a foundation for all physical movement.  When you increase their strength, you increase your power, speed, and stride efficiency.  This training season, substitute a Pilates class for crunches. Pilates is one form of exercise that builds core strength as well as being a powerful tool for injury prevention and increasing athletic performance.

Jessica M.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Summer Training Tips ~ #3

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

III. Cross Train

Cross-training by incorporating multiple physical modalities will help you customize a routine, prevent over-training and address areas of weakness.  Substitute different forms of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, speed intervals, or exercise rehabilitation.  Don’t forget to rest.  If you’re training for 26.2 miles or any endurance event, you need one to two days of hard-core rest combined with one cross-training or light training day.

Jessica M.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Summer Training Tips ~ #2

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

The summer isn’t over yet and the fall is a very popular time to compete in events, races, or even those big weekend warrior workouts. This time, be prepared! Check out our series of training tips to keep you in your best form! Stay tuned each day for a new suggestion.

II Get Well

Instead of waiting for the first signs of injury, schedule a “well” check-up every four to six weeks to identify signs of physical stress.  Check-in with a training coach, chiropractor, or strength and conditioning specialist to help you develop a self-care routine during your training.  Athletes are often afraid to seek treatment when they notice the first sign of pain or discomfort.  Treating an acute injury optimizes your chance at recovery and minimizes the risk of long-term damage or chronic pain.

Jessica M.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.