Love, Love, Love…at OMBE Center
From the desk of Sharon Barry... So, it’s February and for those of you who live for holidays, Hallmark is thrilled to help you celebrate one of their biggest card selling days of the year (besides my birthday, of course). Every February I get into this crazy mode, trying to figure out “hmmm, what can I get my darling, little love bug THIS year to really blow his mind?? Really, I just HAVE to knock his socks off with this one!” Then I realize that I’ve been single like 5 plus years (hey, it’s not MY fault, look at the state of affairs of the few single men out there!) and the only person I have to really impress on V-day is my 17 year-old cat (I know, it‘s heartbreaking, I guess I‘m like the crazy old cat lady). And sadly, she’s so fussy and nonchalant, I can rack my brain all year long and she’ll never be satisfied with whatever I get her. Honestly, catnip and cheese just aren’t enough these days she’s so feisty! So, if you have a love that’s like my cat (but hopefully, less furry, about twenty times her size and a little more open to 2-sided conversations than this one is), you probably have a difficult time finding the perfect gift as well.
My first suggestion is, forget Hallmark (unless you buy their recycled cards, of course). Why spend up to $5 on a card that your partner is either going to laugh or tear up or cringe at for about, say 12 seconds (depending upon their IQ and reading level) when you can really show how much you love them by making a homemade card? My nieces are amazing at these; I still have a massive banner-like card from my youngest on my refrigerator. So, go green like OMBE Center for Valentine’s because who in their right mind EVER throws away a homemade card??
Next, visit OMBE’s website (well, technically if you’re reading this you’re already here) and check out our list of services. Dr. Erik Vose, our amazing chiropractor can “crack” your love up if you’re lacking in the humor department or need an adjustment. Jessica Molleur, acupuncturist extraordinaire, can put you both on “pins and needles” and guide you into a state of bliss close to what Rachael Lappen, our lovely yoga teacher here can give you. Though personally, I imagine that if I did have a boyfriend, he would work so hard all the time (someone has to right?) that he would constantly be whining about how tight his neck, shoulders and back were all the time so I would want to get THAT bad behavior to stop pronto and get him a gift certificate to see the oh-so-talented-hands of Kristen Lutz, massage therapist of the year. Actually, I must admit, I’m a little on the sadistic side so I’d probably enroll him in a 6-week mat class with the BEST Pilates trainer in town, Lisa Grodsky, and have a little chat with her about torturing him throughout the series.
Or, if none of those options appeal to you (you should break up with your significant other and just hang out with my cat since you’re being rather difficult), I’m offering a special for the month of February where I will teach you and your loved one the basic art of Thai yoga massage. Both the giver and receiver of Thai yoga enjoy the benefit of stretching, relaxation and overall health. Thai yoga is called the “lazy man’s yoga” (so it’s probably right up your lover’s alley) and the receiver’s body is put into different stretches and yoga poses while the giver uses his/her fingers, palms and feet to massage. Neither of you have to be flexible and it’s a great form of massage that can be easily learned and practiced at home. The sessions are catered to both of your bodies’ needs and can be light and fun or serious and relaxing…or a combination of all. These private partner sessions are only available until the end of February and are 55 minutes in length. For more information, give OMBE a call.
Happy Valentine’s month to all you lovers out there. I’m going to go eat an entire box of heart-shaped chocolates (and I don’t even LIKE chocolate) to ease my loneliness and then go see the sweetest, most nurturing nutritionist ever, Laura Foresta, who will get my brain functioning as normally as possible again!
Sharon Barry, CPI Certified Pilates Instructor, Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki Practitioner
Sharon Barry began her Pilates training as a dancer in college 17 years ago. In 1996, she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University and has been a certified Pilates trainer since 1997 through the PhysicalMind Institute. Additionally, Sharon was a professional choreographer and dancer, trainer and performer with the San Francisco School of Circus Arts where she taught Pilates, flying and static trapeze, teeterboard, trampolining, and acrobatics. In 2002, she received her First Degree Reiki certification and in 2008 she completed her Thai Yoga Massage certification.
In addition to teaching Pilates classes and private sessions, Sharon combines her training in Reiki and Thai Yoga massage with her clients. Over the past 12 years, Sharon has trained professional dancers, circus performers, gymnasts, golf professionals, marathon runners, and triathletes. She has coaxed bodies through injury rehabilitation as well as helping clients improve athletic performance. Throughout her career as a Pilates instructor, Sharon has enjoyed working in conjunction with physicians, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, acupuncturists, and physical therapists.