Regardless of what face mask you use, it is not healthy for the skin to be covered for prolonged periods of time. The skin suffers from rashes, irritations, ingrown hairs, chapping and breakouts. We have seen photos of nurses and doctors on the front line of the pandemic with irritation, hives and even bruises on their skin from masks.
What’s the biggest issue? By keeping your face covered, it creates a hot and humid environment; your breathing creates a lot of trapped moisture. This leads to build up of sweat and sebum on the skin and trapped impurities on the facial mask. This can leave you with inflammation, rashes, and breakouts. I have personally had to treat my skin differently– even at my age of 57—during this Pandemic because of the masks. Maybe I should say I’m 56? I think we all should subtract a year from our age since this year really shouldn’t count for any of us. 56 it is!
Below I have made a recommendation for your skin if you are experiencing issues.
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New Steps for Our Booking Process
The holiday season is among us, and while we could all use some holiday cheer, we must remain vigilant and cautious with the effects of Covid-19 still prominent in our daily lives. With that being said, we have updated our intake form and have changed some protocols in the spa.
We will no longer be giving foot soaks before treatments. While they are an amazing way to get our clients grounded and ready for treatments, we feel that as long as SLO county remains in the purple tier we should not offer them. We have also added new questions to our intake form.
To best protect your health and the health of others, all clients must fill out this form before each massage and bodywork session. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call (805) 591-7157. Thank you for understanding. We look forward to seeing you!
Pamper your loved one this holiday season with the perfect gift – a Gift Card for spa services at The Spa Central Coast!
The recipient of the card you purchase can choose between an indulgent massage, a radiating facial, or a revitalizing body wrap or any other treatment we offer. Come by today and we’ll wrap your purchase in a lovely gift bag or purchase online below!
December Botox Special
Receive 20 units of Botox free with your purchase of 40 or more units with Dr. Mikulics. Call the reception desk at (805) 591-7157 to book.
December TempSure Envi Eye Treatment
Dr. Mikulics is offering TempSure Envi Eye treatments for just $650 for a series of 4 throughout December, a $150 savings. This extraordinary gentle RF eye treatment goes where Botox can’t leaving you with smoother tighter skin around your eyes that brightens up your whole face! Call the reception desk at (805) 591-7157 to book.
Product of the Month for Members Only
20% OFF ALL ESSENTIAL OILS!
Throughout December, our Members receive a 20% discount on our line of The Spa Central Coast essential oils. Stop by or call the reception desk for full details and product availability.
Dr. Mikulics’ Corner
Looking forward to our open house and individual demo treatments of TempSure Envi – the latest in Laser RF for the treatment to correct sagging skin, cellulite, wrinkles and enhance elasticity. I love being able to offer effective non-invasive solutions for health and skin care that are safe and don’t require down time! Please see the Spa website for more details on our event.
What is TempSure Envi?
TempSure Envi is a new radiofrequency treatment that minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, tightens skin* and improves the appearance of cellulite.
- Safe for all skin types and levels of sun exposure
- No surgery, no needles, no downtime
As we age, our bodies can’t generate collagen as fast as it is depleted causing our skin to lose laxity and firmness. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines form leaving you with smile lines, crow’s feet and other bothersome creases.
Finally there’s a solution that works! TempSure Envi minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, tightens skin* and improves the appearance of cellulite. It’s safe for all skin types so it fits into any beauty maintenance routine, any time of year!
During this season of joy and comfort foods let’s not forget our microbiomes and the benefits it can have on our skin! When it comes to overall skin health, probiotics (topical and oral) are your secret weapon!
- Combat the negative effects of harmful bacteria
- Support barrier function (think leaky gut – but on your skin)
- Support the regulation of your immune system and reduce inflammation
- Help keep your gut brain skin axis in balance
I love to integrate the use of probiotics along with Botox treatments to achieve beautiful results in your skin. Radiance from the inside out is a great look for the Holidays!
Health, Happiness and Many Blessings,
Stefanie Mikulics, MD
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Roughly 18-26 percent of adults suffer from neck and shoulder pain. Stress is one of the biggest key factors in the cause of a tight neck and shoulder muscle, as well as posture and sleep. Taking time before your day starts, maybe first thing in the morning, to stretch and end with a simple meditation. Allow yourself to take a minute in the day to stop and take a few deep breaths, getting oxygen in to the blood. Stretching and massage will also give relief to tight muscles. The services we provide here at The Spa Central Coast can help you with finding that relief. Our therapists are trained to provide the best therapy possible to help our clients.
Recommended treatments for this type of muscle pain would be:
- Deep Tissue Massage: this massage gives the deepest body work, allowing for the muscles to be worked and stretched.
- Back Refresher: this treatment uses our anti inflammation gel coupled with our deep heat oil and the use of hot towels to help relieve inflammation and soothe those tightened neck and shoulder muscles.
- Anti Stress Massage: this massage is exactly what it says, anti stress. We use an essential oil blend to help calm the mind and soothe the body, relieving some of that tension and stress we tend to carry daily.
Here are a couple of stretches to do in the morning or on a break at work.
- Square the shoulders.
- Lower the chin to the chest. You should feel the stretch through the neck and down the spine.
- Hold this position for 1 minute.
- Gently tilt your head to the left to stretch your right shoulder.
- Hold for 1 minute.
- Repeat on the opposite side.
- Do this to each side 3-5 times.
Across the Chest Stretch:
- Bring your right arm across your chest.
- Place it in the crease of your left elbow or use your left hand to support your arm.
- Hold this position for 1 minute.
- Repeat on the opposite side.
- Do this stretch 3-5 times.
These products offered by the Spa may offer you relief from back and shoulder pain.
Cabbage Detox Soup
½ head of cabbage chopped
1 cup celery diced
1 cup white or yellow onion diced
1 cup carrots diced
1 green bell pepper
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
4 cups chicken broth
14oz can basil, oregano, garlic diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Few shakes of black pepper
½ teaspoon salt (optional)
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add celery, onions, bell pepper, and carrots.
- Saute until slightly tender.
- Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Pour in chicken broth.
- Stir in tomatoes and cabbage.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Cook until cabbage is tender.
- Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper, and salt (if using)
- Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
A BIG thanks to all of you who watched us on This is LA on July 7th and for your sweet feedback. The episode was really fun to do. If you didn’t see it but want to, we’ve included it below:
Ali’s Health Corner: Topics that affect our Health & Wellness
About this time each year, clients begin to complain about digestive issues (e.g., heartburn, indigestion, & constipation). It’s likely due to everything that accompanies that fun in the sun—an overindulgence in hotdogs, hamburgers, desserts, alcohol, and chips.
Why does overindulgence create havoc? Ample research* shows that 70% of our health is in our gut, which is an enormous endocrine organ. It absorbs essential nutrients and makes a number of hormones. Thus, when something is out of balance there, it affects much of our body and mind. When things are working well, it can provide us with health and good immunity. Its rich supply of nerves has earned its name “gut brain,” and it’s also literally connected to the brain in our heads via the vagus nerve. It’s not surprising then that our brain is most affected by nutrition. The healthier your gut is, the healthier your brain is and the happier you will be because 90% of serotonin (the “feel good” hormone) is made in the gut.*
How can you keep your gut healthy? Eat slow and small meals composed of fresh fruits, veggies, and lean meats 90% of the time and consume daily probiotics (i.e., healthy bacteria/flora) to feed the good flora in your intestines. You can get probiotics in fermented items like Greek yogurt, kefir, kombucha and cottage cheese (select low sugar options, though).
Since we have trillions of strains of gut bacteria, however, you’re likely not going to be able to get all you need through food. Since supplements aren’t regulated and probiotics are affected by moisture, stomach acid and other factors, we’ve done a lot of research to select the specific one we carry at The Spa. Always check with your doctor before going on any supplements, especially if you’re on any medication.
There are 8 particular probiotics that are especially powerful for your gut and skin. Kitty’s corner will address more about how the skin on our face and probiotics are entwined.
I wish you all the best and optimal health!
Namaste (which means the light in me honors the light in you),
Master Certified Health and Wellness Coach/The Spa Manager & Director
Kitty’s Corner: Eczema, Acne, Rosacea, Pre-mature Aging
I’ve been searching for additional products to help my clients more quickly who have severe skin issues, and I’ve finally found them. Are you or a loved one suffering from eczema, acne, rosacea or pre-mature aging? I can help through a simple 3-step facial program that I’ve brought into The Spa recently. There are thousands of bacteria on your face that keep our skin healthy, but when it’s out of balance, it creates issues like the ones I’ve mentioned. Ali talked about the importance of feeding your gut with probiotics, but it’s equally important to feed your face topically with them, too. According to The American Academy of Dermatology, probiotics are the “new beauty breakthrough, optimizing skin’s natural barrier function as well as addressing acne and rosacea.”
I don’t ever put anything on my shelves unless I’ve personally used it. I’ve used it every day for the past two months and have noticed huge benefits. If you’d like the probiotics added to your facial treatment in The Spa, we can do that (see August Specials below to book) or you can purchase the set (see purchase button below). We always love to see our clients, too, so feel free to stop by The Spa (617 12thSt, Paso Robles) to pick up a set. I’ll be happy to explain how to use it to anyone who buys this regimen. Consultations are always free.
Win a Trip for Two to the Paso Robles Wine Country!
Your Dream Vacation includes roundtrip airfare with Alaska Airlines, a massage at The Spa Central Coast, and these additional experiences during your stay in Paso Robles:
- Wine and Cheese Pairing at Seven Oxen Estates Winery (Award winning wines)
- Wine and Food Pairing at Rava Wines (Includes fabulous Sparkling Wines!)
- Accommodations at La Bellasera
- Gourmet Dinner at Thomas Hill Organics
- An amazing, high-end 12 bottle Vingardevalise Wine Suitcase from FlywithWine (I have 2 of these and they are awesome! After many trips around the USA and to Europe they still look brand new and are my all time fave suitcases that I can also use for my clothes.)
August 2018 Specials
Probiotic Infusion Facial
Relax into the skilled hands of our estheticians while they restore your skin’s luster and health through a probiotic infused facial. This facial will utilize a combination of The Spa Central Coast line of organic seaweed-based products and live, bioactive pre and post-probiotics to strengthen the microbiome of the skin. This powerful facial elixir helps to enhance collagen production and relieve redness while leaving the skin supple and radiant. Offering for this month only for $125 for 60 minutes of pure bliss!Click Here to book your Probiotic Infusion Facial Special
Cupping Therapy Special
Lacey, one of our professional massage therapists, is now offering her specialty, Cupping Therapy. While you enjoy a relaxing massage, Lacey will manipulate your body through the use of silicone and hand pump cups. Cupping is amazing at detoxifying the body, lymphatic drainage, easing tension, lengthening muscles, and ideal for those in sports. It can also assist with cellulite reduction over time. For this month only, first-time clients can receive a 15 min cupping add-on for free if they’d like to try it.Click Here to book your Free Cupping Therapy Add-on Special
Product Special for the Month
We care about your furry family members! All The Spa Central Coast members will receive 25% off Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet fish oil supplement. Fish oils are just as important for your pet as they are for you. This is an excellent source of vital omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These help support heart health, skin and coat health, joint health, cellular health, immune system health, and brain and eye health. Available in liquid. Each batch of Nordic Naturals is created from wild-caught, omega-rich fish from the freshest catch, sourced from the cleanest waters, and only in a way that fully protects the ocean’s fragile ecosystem. Normally $20.90. It’s only $15.68 this month. This product sells fast, so get yours today!!Click Here to purchase Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet Supplement
Bulletin (New Stuff at The Spa)
Have you yet tried a Shiatsu Massage with Geary Whiting?
He was inducted into the Massage Hall of Fame in 2015 for techniques he developed. If you have severe pain or body issues you’ve not been able to solve, come see him!! You can book online today for a 75-min Shiatsu for only $155.Click Here to book your 75-min Shiatsu Massage
Lacey, one of our professional massage therapists, is now offering her specialty, Cupping Therapy. For this month only, first-time clients can receive a 15 min cupping add-on for free if they’d like to try it.Click Here to book your Free Cupping Therapy Add-on Special
Myofascial Release Therapy
For members…if you’d like Myofascial Release Therapy, you can now do an add-on when you come to the spa for $35 with Kristi or Lori. Members….if you’d like to book your massage now with a myofacial release add-on, click below.Click Here to book your Myofascial Release Add-on
Family Menu & Family Plus Memberships
You can now add your partner and children to your membership. This must be done in The Spa.
Health & Wellness Classes
“Probiotics for Body and Face.” This class will be co-taught by Ali and Kitty on Tuesday, August 28th in The Spa Central Coast Meditation Room at 6pm. Ali will cover the probiotics for the body and the specific probiotics to ingest that will help with skin issues and gut issues. Kitty will be introducing the new 3-step facial program and demonstrate how to use it at home. The class cost is $45. If you purchase any products, the $45 will be applied to it.Click Here to register for Probiotics for Body and Face Class
New Hours (just a gentle reminder)
As you know…we are making health and wellness a larger part of The Spa Central Coast, and part of being healthy is getting rest and relaxation. Starting March 2018, we will be closing on Sundays (except for parties of 4 or more and holidays) in order to give our team a day of rest and time to spend with their families. Thank you for your continued loyalty. We hope that you will support us on this new path and book your appointments Monday-Saturday from 9:00am-6:00pm.
Why Be a Member at The Spa Central Coast?
- $20 off the treatment that the membership is for (savings on our Family Shared plans vary because you get to choose different massages or get a facial).
- You get a members Family & Friends Discount to help spread the happiness. Bring in a friend or family member with you to your next treatment, and your friend or family member will receive $10 off her/his treatment.
- 25% off our monthly featured product from The Spa Central Coast signature line.
- 10% off any additional treatment you have at The Spa.
- You get the same pricing we give you for your treatment at our sister spa, The Day Spa of Ojai.
- You will receive a Spa Member Club Discount card that can be used at many local retailers and restaurants for 10%-15% off their services and goods.
Come visit us or call (805) 591-7157 to become a member today!
What Sets Us Apart from Other Day Spas
(Each month we share one thing that makes us different from the rest)
We are one of the few day spas to offer a complimentary foot soak. We offer these as a way to honor all of our guests. In ancient times, to wash another’s feet was a sign of love and respect. We want to continue this tradition to all of those who enter our doors for a spa treatment.
Here Are Some Fun, Upcoming Local Events
Trading Day, Kids’ Flea Market is Sat, Aug 25 from 9am-5pm in the Paso Robles Downtown Park. There will be family services, information, children’s activities, yard sale, retail and craft items. Call 805-238-4103 for questions.
Pajama Movie Night “Support Your Local Sheriff” is Sat, Sept 8 at 7pm. $10 includes popcorn and soda. Call 805-238-4103 for questions.
2018 Fundraiser for El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society on Sun, Sept 8 from 2p-5pm. $50 per guest at Tooth & Nail Winery. Call 805-674-2884 for questions.
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**Conrade, Jessica Stoller (April 2005). “Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in The Gut.” Retrieved from http://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495
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