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When Sheila Cluff glides across the ice, she feels like she’s flying. Her mind, focused on the details of precise footwork and pretty hand movements, is free from the day’s stress. As she skates her figure patterns, she’s enraptured by the quiet whoosh of blades skimming over ice and breath fogging the air around her. She revels in her own sense of grace and balance.This is bliss.Cluff, 73, is the founder and owner of the destination spa the Oaks at Ojai, and by every measure, she has been wildly successful: fitness pioneer, honored businesswoman, wife, and mother. “Passion, Persistence, Professionalism, and Power = Success” is a mantra Cluff has shared internationally at spa conferences, as well as with the people who visit the Oaks to lose weight and improve their lives. And yet, it took returning to her childhood sport of ice skating some 45 years later for her to find a joy and connection she hadn’t realized she was missing.Cluff took to the ice as a child in Canada where, she says, the options were to “ski, skate, or hibernate.” Starting with lessons around age six, she eventually qualified to comp …

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