Q&A With: Owner Laura Shook of Soma Vida

Who? Laura Shook
What? Soma Vida
When? 2008
Where? 1210 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Soma means “body” in Greek and Vida means “life” in Spanish. Laura wanted to cultivate people’s mind and body connections by opening up Soma Vida, which is a hybrid between a co-working space and a traditional wellness center. Laura is a somatic psychotherapist and realized there needs to be supportive structures for people who provide health care to others. What a great idea!

It’s a work/life balance community that offers private offices, conference rooms (not your typical conference rooms but way better), plus lots of beautiful areas for special events. So many unique nooks and corners of inspiration, dim lit lights, inviting colors…it’s like another world. This is definitely a place where you can let your creative juices flow while being super productive. Sign me up! There’s so much more coming from this mini wellness center. Check out Soma Vida on the web and like them on FB!

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Q&A With: Steven Ross of Eastside Yoga

Who? Steven and Elsa Ross
What? Eastside Yoga
When? 2009
Where? 1050 11th Street, Suite 150, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Steven and his wife Elsa wanted to bring yoga to all types of people. They noticed people were intimidated by yoga so as a result they wanted a local neighborhood feel that was inviting and warm. So they opened up Eastside Yoga!

Steven gave me the 411 on yoga that I desperately needed. So yoga actually originated from India. The physical aspect of yoga is important but there is a deeper meaning and a whole way of life that is associated with this practice. Meditation is actually the same thing as yoga it’s just a deeper level of it. Thank you for enlightening me Steven! Make sure to check out their website and like them on FB!

Q&A With: Owner Deanna Miesch of Art Therapy Austin

Who? Deanna Miesch
What? Art Therapy Austin
When? 2003
Where? 1200 E. 11th St. #109 Austin, TX 78702
Why? Deanna has worked as a therapist since 1995. She gained a lot of experience and realized she always had the desire to own her own practice. She wanted to make sure it was in a studio.

This space is comfy, cozy and provides a relaxing place for art therapy. Check out Art Therapy on the web and like them on FB!

Q&A With: Owner Cathy Altman of Austin Ashiatsu

Who? Cathy Altman
What? Austin Ashiatsu
When? 2010
Where? 1200 E. 11th Street, #109, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Cathy’s goal is to introduce this new style of massage to Austin. Ashiatsu is a deep tissue style of massage that uses the feet instead of the hands.

Cathy is a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist and herbalist who has been actively working in the healing field for 17 years. Ashiatsu is a Japanese word that means “foot pressure.” Check out Austin Ashiatsu on the web, like them on FB and follow them on Twitter!