I don’t know if your January was as weird and zany as mine was, but I’m glad it’s over and that we’re coming into the month of the heart and love—not because of the commercialization of Valentine’s Day (I don’t like that part) but because the opportunity February gives us, if we allow ourselves, to reflect where our heart is, what it’s feeling, and the role we let it play in our lives.
I’ve reflected on mine and decided to take our Meditation course last month that Carmen Rose taught because I’ve gotten away from taking time to meditate, and I miss the deep peace and joy it used to fill me with. Part of Carmen’s class teaches us to be mindful by taking pauses in our day to observe and enjoy without judgment. I took time to pause this week and just held Mango, our little Chihuahua, in my arms and mindfully looked at the hair growing on the sides of her nose, her little short eyelashes, her perfect tiny nostrils; I was distraction free, and suddenly in my mindfulness, I was filled with inexplicable joy. I was surprised at the happiness I felt just holding her, looking at her without interruption, and observing without judgment. I know it may sound funny, but all of the hard parts of my day faded, and I felt my heart literally soften.
It reminded me that it’s easy to get lost in the frenzy of life and forget to listen or delve into our hearts, to remember that our heart is where joy stems, the place where we are vulnerable, the place where we can be moved, the place where we tap into our souls. But as a result of life’s frenetic pace, it’s easy to begin to feel less moved, more hardened and less in touch with our authentic selves. However, it’s not healthy and closing off our hearts or being out of touch with our heart is evidently not how we’re wired either.
In 2014, HeartMath Institute did a credible study shown in a video called “Power of the Heart” where participants were connected with instruments measuring various biological functions to determine if the heart processed events accurately before the mind processed them. They discovered that the heart knew the event seconds before the mind. In fact, it even knew what the event was before their eyes saw it and the mind processed the image. How can we use this fact about ourselves on a practical level? We can try to be more open hearted. We can delve more into our heart to find the answers for our individuals lives. And we can trust what our heart tells us if we’re quiet and really listening.
If you want to open your heart more, you can try our regular guided meditation class starting Thursdays in our Meditation Room from 9:00am-9:45am beginning February 7. Or you can try one of our facial or massage specials and add on our special guided heart meditation in the treatment room where our therapists will guide you through a meditation that is well known to open the heart, increase self-love, and love for others. Whatever you decide, we send you love and health this month.
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: “Fear Is A Liar”
My January detox went well overall. I hope all of you who joined me enjoyed it or survived—at least. I realized this year it was easier than other years. I did the kidney and liver cleanse several times—which I loved. Got through an advantage anatomy class. And I’m super excited that February is here!
I changed my Facebook photo this month to “Fear Is A Liar.” How many times have we delayed things we want to do or stopped ourselves from reaching out to someone out of fear? We especially fear falling in love sometimes for fear we’ll be hurt. Valentine’s Day is coming up. Decide this month to overcome your fear. Decide to love more—which may mean making an effort to love yourself more. If you’re single, do something for yourself. We’ll pamper you at The Spa if you want to try our Single Women or Single Men’s Special. If you’re with someone, do something really special for each other like have a Couple’s Massage.
February 2019 Specials
Gift Card Special
Purchase a gift card this month for somebody special in your life and get 10% off our beautiful Tara Spa Therapy Loving box.Click here to purchase a Spa Central Coast Gift Card Click here to purchase Tara Spa Therapy Loving Box
Couple’s Massage Special
‘Tis the season for love…come and enjoy a pampering one-hour Couple’s Integrated Massage with your Valentine. This “all-month” special includes a soothing foot soak in our beautiful mediation room where you can sit side-by-side with your sweetie. You’ll then enter the couple’s room together with two of our wonderful therapists who will start your massage experience with a special, loving ritual to bring you and your Valentine closer together and then transport you both into a relaxing state of bliss during your massages. You will receive a small gift to take with you to remind you of your time together, as well as a decadent chocolate-covered strawberry. All for only $230. Think about also adding on a special guided heart meditation for only $15. This meditation is known to increase the ability to open the heart, increase self-love and love for others—especially if you continue to do it. You’ll receive a copy of the meditation to take home with you.
Be Our Valentine Special (for single women & her single friends)
Don’t let Valentine’s Day drag you down. Come be our Valentine any day this month! Let us uplift your spirits by spending time at The Spa in a relaxing ½ hour foot treatment while you sip a cup of warm specialized tea of your choice. Afterwards, enter into one of our massage rooms for a soothing massage with one of our remarkable therapists for a one-hour massage for only $130. Book with 2 or more of your single friends, and get this package for $117 each.Click here to book Be Our Valentine Special
Add on a special guided heart meditation for only $15. This meditation is known to increase the ability to open the heart, increase self-love and love for others—especially if you continue to do it. You’ll receive a copy of the meditation to take home with you.Click here to book Guided Heart Meditation Add-on
Product Special for the Month
All The Spa Central Coast members will receive 25% off our Nordic Naturals ProDHA Eye supplement. This supplement was used in the Areds study, which stands for Age-Related Eye Disease. It showed that individuals that take this supplement had a decrease in macular degeneration. If you or someone you love has this issue or wears eyeglasses/contacts and needs additional eye health, this is the supplement for you! Normally $40.40, it’s yours this month only for $30.30.
Members also get 25% off all SkinCeuticals makeup line this month. Come on in and try our testers.Click here to purchase Nordic Naturals ProDHA Eye Supplement
Bulletin (New Stuff at The Spa)
- Come join us for the blessing by the Drepung Gomang Monks and meet them. They will be visiting us from Tibet on Saturday, February 9 at 10:00am to bless The Spa during their World Peace Mandala Tour. We invite you to attend for free.
- Our NEW HOURS for 2019 are Monday-Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm and Friday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm. We are not going to open on the last Sunday of each month any longer due to a lack of people taking advantage of it.
- All of our therapists are now employees! We’re hoping to further grow The Spa. Although gratuities are not expected, they are certainly appreciated by our staff. On top of the fee that credit card companies charge, though, we now are required, since they are employees, to tax gratuities for our staff. Your dollar would go farther for our staff if you could leave any gratuities in cash.
- Family Menu & Family Plus Memberships (you can now add your partner and children to your membership). Children can be added for just $50 each child or teen. This must be done in The Spa.
Health & Wellness Classes
Guided Meditation in our Meditation Room
Every Thursday (starting February 7) from 9:00am-9:45am
Guided Meditation: This will be led by Carmen Rose, who is certified in meditation and in yoga. Many credible, medical studies show that meditation slows aging in the brain, but it wasn’t until studies from UCLA’s School of Medicine revealed in 2015 that “On average, the brains of long-term meditators were 7.5 years younger at age 50 than the brains of non-meditators, and an additional 1 month and 22 days younger for every year after 50.”**
Do you want a younger brain and to dive deeper into your spirit? Come join us from 9:00am-9:45am every Thursday. It’s free for members. $5 for those who took Carmen’s 4-week January course and $10 for everyone else. Hit the button below to sign up.Click here to register for our Guided Meditation Class
Circle of Grace Class
Wednesday, February 13 6:00pm-8:00pm
Staying centered and grounded in our hearts can be challenging. So many things can trigger and throw us off balance.
Learn how to stay heart balanced by joining Ali Bowen, The Spa Central Coast Manager & Master Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and Janice Patterson, Intuitive Spiritual Guide, in a sweet, sacred time out called “Circle of Grace.” It will be a time to share, remember, reflect and re-connect with that which is most authentic and important to you. Honoring your true self and staying balanced in that will be key in having a productive year. “Circle of Grace” will be held on Wednesday, February 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Janice is planning to make you something sweet for the holiday.
Please note that this class needs to be pre-paid and there are no refunds. You’re welcome to let a friend or family member come in your place, though, if you ultimately can’t attend. The class is only $20.Click here to register for our Circle of Grace Class
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 will be one of the few day spas to be blessed by the Drepung Gomang Monks. They will be visiting us from Tibet on Saturday, February 9 at 10AM to bless The Spa during their World Peace Mandala Tour. We invite you to attend for free.
** Luders, et al (2015). “Estimating brain age using high-resolution pattern recognition: Younger brains in long-term meditation practitioners.” Retrieved from http://www.neuro.uni-jena.de/pdf-files/Luders-NI16.pdf