Stacy Schwed remembers when her daughter started school a few years ago. She was excited to have some time to herself again, but when the school bus pulled away -- she felt lost and uncomfortable.
“I thought, ‘Now what do I do?’ ” she said, tearing up at the memory. "It was just me and I didn’t know what to do with me. It was an uncomfortable feeling, and it shouldn’t be for any woman.”
Schwed, a licensed clinical social worker, said her training had given her the tools to work through her own depression, but she knew that other women were experiencing the same feelings and didn’t have the same level of understanding.
That was the start of an idea that came to fruition on Monday, the grand opening of Club Mom in Huntington. Schwed, along with childhood friend and business partner Linda Colagrande, both of Kings Park, see Club Mom as a special resource for women (mothers and non-mothers), which offers fitness classes, lifestyle workshops, counseling and free babysitting.
All classes are free until Feb. 4 in honor of the grand opening. For a list of class and workshop schedules and information about memberships and other prices, click here to check the Club Mom website at www.clubmomli.com.
Schwed said she wants Club Mom to be a “community of mothers” that focuses on the “emotional, mental and physical well-being” of a woman.
The center’s main room is designed like a lounge with plush brown and beige sofas and inspirational quotes written on the walls. Attached to the main space there is a fitness center, day-care center, massage room and two counseling rooms.
Schwed said she encourages women to use the lounge however they need it, whether to socialize or as a quiet spot to get some work done or check e-mails while their children are being watched.
Colagrande said one of the biggest obstacles for women with children is “Mommy guilt,” or not wanting to leave your children home to take time for yourself, but at the same time not wanting to drag them along everywhere.
“It’s going to help mothers inside and out,” she said. “It’s really a huge deal.”
Club Mom is staffed by professional fitness instructors, life coaches and another social worker, in addition to Schwed. Fitness sessions include yoga, pilates, zumba, strength training and Mommy and Me classes; workshops will include topics like parenting and nutrition.
Schwed said that two of her life coaches also specialize in children with special needs and intimacy.
Club Mom located at 601 W. Jericho Tpke. will also host a Mom’s Night Out one evening a month, starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This week’s event is open to the public but future events will be for members only.