While I’m a big fan of The Sports Club/LA and the luxuries and amenities that come with such a great (expensive!) gym membership, there’s something to be said for small, independent studios that large chain gyms don’t offer. Continuing my attempt to combine pilates and yoga in my existing exercise routine, I was presented the opportunity to visit OMBE Integrative Health Center in Boston’s Back Bay. OMBE (One-Mind-Body-Earth) offers a full range of integrated services catered towards creating a “better you”, including yoga, pilates, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and massage. Since I’ve also taken a more recent interest in running, I thought it would be fitting to check out OMBE’s Yoga for Runners class!
Yoga for Runners pays special attention to areas of the body where runners may experience injury, tightness, or just need special attention. After chatting with Rachel, the instructor for the evening, she mentioned that runners need to pay extra attention to their body’s awareness as well as strengthening the core, pelvis, and hips. I was pleasantly surprised that the class was only limited to six people, which guaranteed a great amount of instructor attention! Over the next hour, Rachel challenged us with a variety of yoga sequences incorporating vinyasa, balancing, and lots of stretching. I’ve taken yoga classes before but never had my form corrected and improved as much as the attention I received from Rachel. I quickly learned that a.) my ultra bendy back from 12 years of gymnastics is still just as flexible and b.) Yoga for Runners is a fantastic way to build strength, stretch, and enjoy your body’s movement, which can be overlooked with the monotony of running.
Not only is OMBE catered towards personal health and well-being, but they’re also concerned about the environment and applies a “green philosophy” to all its services and business practices, using PVC and biodegradable floor mats, organic cotton blankets, eco-friendly props, and was one of the first 25 businesses in Boston to be certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. What’s not to love?
As today is the 114th Annual Boston Marathon, the oldest marathon in the world, here are a few of my favorite running tips for marathoners, provided by OMBE. However, they can surely be applied to recreational runners like myself!
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.
Discover Massage: 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.
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.
OMBE Integrative Health Center is located at 551 Boylston Street in Back Bay. Yoga for Runners is held every Thursday evening at 7:30PM. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit their website here.