Buddha “spoke” to Alta View Wellness Center’s owner, Sharon Muzio, when she passed him in an antique store a few years ago. Now, he holds a place of honor, presiding over the peacefullness that is Sharon’s life’s work. Alta View has been dedicated to alternative methods of healing, like Reiki, massage and yoga, since 2000. They also offer a lot of other things, but one of the first things you’ll notice when walking into Alta View is the mellow mood and happiness. Sharon and Rickie, who offers “Reiki by Rickie” at the center are incredibly open, caring and fantastic people. I had the honor of working with each of them to create professional headshots a few weeks ago and we had a wonderful time!
Can you believe that Sharon is the mom to a 20 year old daughter?!?! Despite that I hadn’t met Sharon before the session, by the end, it felt like I’d known her for a long time. Neither felt like they were going to be comfortable in front of the camera, by the end they were helping to find the poses that flattered each of them best. I’d had opportunity to get to know Rickie at a networking group we’re both part of, and I can’t wait to see each of them again.
If you’ve been thinking that you want to live a more healthy life, check out Alta View’s schedule of classes or go visit Sharon to see what she’d recommend. It was so much fun to poke around the center to take some pictures…and so fun to hear some of Sharon’s stories. You can tell she’s intensely proud of her daughter, currently in school at Penn State. She loves her friends and gives her all to each of them, but is someone who can share her pride in her friends and family without sounding fake or going over board.
Yoga classes (and others!!) are held here…and its an understated, yet cheery room. Not at all like the hospitals where Sharon started her career as a registered nurse. Sharon knew she was being called to be a nurturer when she was young…she says
“I was called to be in service at a young age. My nonna ( grand mom in Italian) told me I would be a healer/helper when I was 15. She said Dio ( God) will always help you, to help others, just ask Him.”
It was really cool to me that even though Alta View is located right on Route 22 (near Best Buy, so its a busy, busy section!), it was quiet and you couldn’t hear the traffic. I have to admit too, Sharon showed me her “office” (where Buddha hangs out), and I wanted to slide onto the table and just sleep for a bit….the whole room is just that relaxing! One of Sharon’s favorite things about her business is watching someone learn to unwind, relax and let go of painful stress and you can see how the rooms would encourage this. Between she and Rickie…can’t tell you how excited I am about my first Reiki session in two weeks!
So if you’re feeling tense, have too much stress in your life (who doesn’t!!) or just want some time to yourself, call Sharon or Rickie. Want to know more? Come see what Reiki is all about! Or, walk into the Wellness Center some day (hopefully you won’t catch Sharon on maid duty!) and see for yourself. There are wonderful things happening here, for sure!