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Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]

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My family of origin is obsessed with inches and pounds. How many gained? How many lost? It’s always the first thing talked about for the first three hours when we get together.

A few months ago, I went back to France for a family wedding. Before I went, I started having nightmares about the aforementioned pounds and inches (well, kilos and centimeters). When had I seen my family last? Was I fatter now? I thought so. So one month before the wedding, I started looking for quick ways to melt away a few extra pounds, to make sure I fit into the red gown I’d ordered online from China with my very specific measurements.

I compulsively started searching the Web for quick and easy. I found plenty. Sweating this. Freezing that. The world in general and Los Angeles in particular doesn’t lack ways to trim, melt, shape, lose … you name it. I decided to do three things a day. It worked. The Chinese dress fit, and I relaxed about family attacks on the shape of my butt.

What worked best was sweating. No question. I loved the feeling of releasing toxins, stabilizing my mood, and keeping my metabolism up. My favorite part was that the sweating occurred as I was lying in bed catching up on Netflix. Relaxing in a darkened room, wrapped in an infrared blanket, I allowed body and machine to do their things so I could do my thing of looking really sexy in that dress … and getting everyone off my butt back home.

So, being the entrepreneur and the sharer that I am, I decided to open a space where people can experience what I did. And Shape House was born. Shape House is an urban sweat lodge nestled on the charming street of Larchmont, in Los Angeles.

Shape House is a place to identify what matters to you, track what might be in the way of having it, and sweat that off – actually, physically, sweating off doubts, fears, and beliefs that have stopped you in the past.

I have a dream of people talking, resting, playing cards, laughing, sharing aha’s. People drinking coconut water in the hallways and deciding to create some kind of cool, meaningful venture. People letting go of their old fears and experiencing freedom when they emerge from their sessions. People gathering strength while they’re here and then going out to live big lives.

I know. I have big dreams.

Actually, the more I sweat … the bigger they get!

– Sophie Chiche

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