I started at the IC around 2007, after Lisa and Brian Meckler raved about it. We were in the old building and I was a 7am’er. I took some time off while finishing my hours and becoming licensed as a psychotherapist. I returned January, 2013.
I started coming, initially, to challenge myself and get fit. I love to work out and feel very competitive with myself (for example, when I need motivation I pretend I’m a navy seal). Bootcamps were cropping up all over and I wanted to give one a try. I love to try stuff that’s happening in fitness. It’s weird but true. If I see a new exercise at the gym, I want to try it!
But, after I left in 2009, I found that although I continued to workout, I felt very isolated and a little lost at the gym. I felt a huge hole and missed the community and physical challenge/reassurance. During that time, I became very sick. I was exhausted and experiencing physical signs of breaking down; such as food blindness, weight gain, migraine headaches/fogginess, pain, etc. As soon as my career stabilized a bit, I re-joined Ice Chamber and sought out a doctor, naturopathic physician and nutrition advice. I started to feel better but it was a very long road. Ice Chamber has been a huge part of my recovery back to well-being. And, recent bloodwork results show so much improvement that all of my levels read in the ‘ideal’ range. That’s really why I work out – for my health.
I like the reassurance I feel that when I come in the workout will be challenging, thoughtful and meaningful. I put a lot of trust in that aspect of Ice Chamber and feel it’s important. Also, I have always felt anxious in groups and group activities – as well as interested in group dynamics. The Ice Chamber community has been supportive, warm and encouraging – which helps me overcome this anxiety. Whether I’m the image of an athlete or not, I definitely have the heart of one. I always root for the hustle and feel IC has many like-minded, sweat-infused souls around. I can compete and challenge myself; without feeling compared. I like the diversity of activities. I like that I see personal improvement. I like when the music matches the intensity – turn it up!
I started singing in Las Vegas as a child and expanded my repertoire to include acting and visual art while in college. After school, I traveled, did some odd acting jobs and continued painting but the decision to move to San Francisco, during the height of the dot.com bubble, proved a new direction was fated. I found myself in the wine business and grew a successful career for over a decade. However, I always felt a pull back to psychology and a deep need to be helpful. I had a minor in Art Therapy and volunteered in schools throughout the Bay Area, but finally, that wasn’t enough. I woke up one day and knew I wasn’t feeding my soul – and it was hungry! I got my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and, now, I work as an EAP therapist for a large California company, am a Research Therapist at Cal and have a small private practice in Montclair.
The Ice Chamber has been an important part of the journey – and integral in my daily self-care.