Lisa Martsolf is a wife, mom to twin boys age 6, former professional dancer choreographer, and current Cardio Barre instructor. Lisa is also a business owner who has a passion for love, my boys (all 3), animals, the arts, creative energies (big and small :) and children's belly laughter!|
Eric Martsolf is a husband, dad of twins, actor, musician, singer, constant comedian and basically a one man show all wrapped up in one! Eric Martsolf's love for kids is only trumped by his love for his own family. He's often referred to as "a kid trapped in a man's body." A place for kids and toy store business ventures were natural compliments to his acting profession.
As working parents with two very active, adventurous young boys, and a household with two dogs, Lisa and Eric were always striving for convenience and simplicity. With their recent move to Tarzana, finding a safe outlet for the boys to play and release some steam became priority one.
Here is their story.
Lisa Martsolf/Eric Martsolf - Owners
After our first visit to We Rock the Spectrum in Tarzana (I chose Break Time, for some "mommy time"), founder Dina Kimmel approached me with determination and said "You have (pause) very… ACTIVE boys, sweet, but ACTIVE! Your boys (pause) NEED THIS!" Per prior experiences, I quickly associated the word "ACTIVE" with "out of control", "over the top" and "relentless energy" to name a few. Like clockwork I quickly followed up with "I'm sorry." Feeling the need to explain or "justify" (as I always do) the crazy energy she just witnessed, I surprisingly found Dina with a reassuring smile on her face and a gentle touch on my shoulder… "This is a place where you never have to say you're sorry". WOW!
That day changed my life in many ways.
Our beautiful boys have unharnessed, limitless energy, a "free spirit" if you will (I still believe "free spirit" is a beautiful thing). This energy although wonderful at times, was beginning to brand one of our sons as "difficult" and "undisciplined." ("I'm sorry" was used a lot, with teachers, on play dates, and even at church!).
"ACTIVE" and "ENERGETIC" are common descriptions I hear most frequently used by parents describing their boys. (There is a small comfort in that). I quickly learned on top of this beautiful "crazy" energy there could also be a possibility of a "sensory issue" hindering over at least one of our boys. My mental ticker tape began to replay recent discussions. "Hyper, inability to sit still, constant OVERDRIVE" were some of the adjectives I heard over and over again. Determined to wear through some of this extra energy, off to We Rock the Spectrum Tarzana we went!
Over the next few visits I started paying close attention to the boys' behavior AFTER we left the We Rock the Spectrum Tarzana. We started enjoying calmer dinners. Our boys had better focused attention and were able to concentrate longer, in addition to enjoying deeper and more relaxed sleep.
I quickly learned that the key ingredient of We Rock the Spectrum Tarzan was not the usual overabundance of kids equipment, but abundant in quality and TYPE of equipment. This equipment has a distinct purpose. It is truly for SENSORY support, a fun place by a child's standard, but also a key ingredient to sensory processing, developing strength, social skills and behavior modification by a parent's standard.
Having a personal "need" for a place like this was my first encouragement. Daily visits began to open my eyes and heart to the widespread need.
We opened We Rock the Spectrum Studio City, not just for our children, but also for ALL children. We Rock the Spectrum is a safe place where ALL children can be together regardless of being "typical" or "diagnosed". It's a place that welcomes children with physical, social or sensory difficulties, a place without segregation. A place for children to value ALL LIFE regardless of challenges, limitations, race or color.
We are thrilled and beyond excited to bring We Rock the Spectrum to Studio City!
"Having a baby changes everything," by Johnson and Johnson is a frequent saying in our house. So why not help our children change their world? This has become our new vision.