Ali’s Health Corner:  Topics that affect our Health & Wellness

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),
Ali
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.

Much Love,
Kitty (Owner)

Click here to book Be Our Valentine Special

February 2019 Specials

February Special - Tara Spa Therapy Loving Box

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.

Click here to book February Couples Massage Special
Click here to book Guided Heart Meditation Add-on

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.

References:

** 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

Ali’s Health Corner:  Topics that affect our Health & Wellness

When so many stressful things are going on around us, it’s easy to lose hope, to wonder how things will improve, and to find peace.  But there is a way.  It’s called going within.  Too often we look for the answers to what plagues us outside of ourselves when the answer is to get grounded within.  It is only then that we can tap into that silent, serene space that is within us all to find the clarity we need.  Sometimes that’s hard to do on your own, though, if you don’t know how to do it.

Consider coming to The Spa this month to attend our “Soul Thirst:  Mindful/Meditation Class” on Tuesday, November 20th and we’ll teach you how to meditate and find that silent, inner space.  Or you may want to come to The Spa to enjoy some relaxation with your friends and family by enjoying one of our many treatments or take advantage of our November specials like our “Intention Facials or Intention Massages for individuals or couples” (see specials below).  After all, the holidays should be a time of joy, a time to spend with friends and with family in relaxation rather than stressing out by buying another gift that our loved ones don’t really need.

For a holiday gift this year, consider giving someone the gift of relaxation or health coaching to get them healthier by purchasing a gift card.  There are 3 ways you can purchase one:  online through our website, call us at (805) 591-7157, or come on in to The Spa.  We’re open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.

Whatever you choose to do, may you have joy, peace, and love.

Namaste (which means the light in me honors the light in you),
Ali
Master Certified Health and Wellness Coach/The Spa Manager & Director

Kitty’s Corner: Blissful Seaweed Bath

One of my favorite things to do is to take a relaxing bath.   I can’t live without our bath spa product called “Blissful Seaweed Bath” and a few drops of our “I Am Stress Free” oil.  This is why I decided to make “Blissful Seaweed Bath” our membership product special of the month.  Everyone deserves to try this at least once in their lives.  There’s a really good reason why Kings and Queens soaked in bathtubs—to de-stress and to pamper themselves.  After you try it with our products, my bet is that you will wonder why you have not made this a part of your own ritual earlier.

“Blissful Seaweed Bath” is loaded with magnesium and calcium and other essential minerals that we are often lacking. With this magnesium and calcium, you actually absorb it better than if you were to ingest it.  It crosses the skin and blood barriers.  You’ll feel grounded and relaxed like you’re in a beautiful meditation.

Here’s my process for this “spoil myself” ritual: turn off the lights, light a few candles, 2 scoops of “Blissful Seaweed Bath”, 5 drops of “I Am Stress Free” oil, breathe in and let go.  It’s time to surrender! Your muscles will thank you and so will anyone around you because you will feel more balanced after this ritual.  Enjoy!  This is one of my absolute favorites.

Much Love,
Kitty (Owner)

November 2018 Special

Intention Massage (for singles or couples)

One of the definitions of intention is “a thing intended; an aim or plan.  But another definition is “the healing process of a wound.”  Sometimes we need to take time to focus on an intention because we are in need of healing whether it’s our body, our mind, or our soul.  If you need some healing, try our Intention Massage.  We’ll show you how to select an intention card that your soul needs.  The message will be woven by our massage therapists through your massage experience.  You then will take the card home with you to further ponder why you selected that card.  It’s a great way to bring more awareness to yourself about something you need while settling into the gentle and skilled hands of our massage therapists.  Your body will receive the loving care it needs this holiday, as will your soul.  This massage is for men and women.  This massage is 60 minutes for only $100 (for single person); $235 total (for couples).

Intention Facial

One of the definitions of intention is “a thing intended; an aim or plan.  But another definition is “the healing process of a wound.”  Sometimes we need to take time to focus on an intention because we are in need of healing whether it’s our body, our mind, or our soul.  If you need some healing, try our Intention Facial.  We’ll show you how to select an intention card that your soul needs.  The message will be woven by our estheticians through your facial experience.  You then will take the card home with you to further ponder why you selected that card.  It’s a great way to bring more awareness to yourself about something you need while settling into the gentle and skilled hands of our estheticians.  Your face will receive the loving care it needs to look radiant this holiday, as will your soul.  This facial is for men and women.  This treatment is 60 minutes for only $120.

Product Special for the Month

All The Spa Central Coast members will receive 25% off  our 8oz jars of “Blissful Seaweed Bath.”  It’s a great gift for the holidays, too, so get yours today!!

Bulletin (New Stuff at The Spa)

  • A BIG thanks to all of you who entered the fun “A Trip for Two to the Paso Robles Wine Country.”  Congratulations to Jessica Steiner.  Over 11,000 people entered.  Way to go, Jessica!! We look forward to having you and your special someone for a couple’s massage at The Spa soon!
  • 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

Ali Bowen, The Spa Central Coast, Manager & Master Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Janice Patterson will be teaching “Soul Thirst:  Mindful/Meditation Class” on Tuesday, November 20th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Learn how to go within through mindful meditation when things are stressful in order to find serenity, clarity, and peace.  We will also share some of the book A Mindful Nation by Congressman Tim Ryan.  Whether you are Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, or just a free soul, this book has some wonderful suggestions about how to bring mindfulness/meditation into more sectors in our society and provides evidence why.  You will receive a copy when you attend the class.  Please note that the classes are not refundable due to limited space.  If you ultimately can’t attend, you’re welcome to let a friend or family member come in your place. The class is only $45.

New Hours (for our local winemakers & employees)

We are committed to spreading health and wellness, particularly in our own community.  Since we have a good number of individuals who work at the wineries who are unable to book their massages during our regular business hours, we have decided to open the last Sunday of each month from 9:00am – 3:00pm to accommodate winemakers and their employees.  Starting Sunday, October 28, if you are a winemaker or work at one of the wineries, you can now can book your massage at The Spa Central Coast on the last Sunday of each month.

We are still closed on other 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.  Our regular hours are 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 that has a friendly, love ghost at Halloween where the kids have to chase the ghost in The Spa to get their Halloween candy.  It’s great fun!

Local News

Paderewski Music Festival November 1 (starting at 1pm)-November 4 at various Paso Robles locations.  This is a four-day festival celebrating one of our famous residents, Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renown talent, exhibits, lectures, master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards.

Live Music starting at 1pm on Saturday November 3rd at the Vina Robles Hospitality Center at 3700 Mill Road in Paso Robles.

Art After Dark, Saturday November 3rd 6-8pm at Studios on The Park (1130 Pine St, Paso Robles)

Elegant Holiday Evening, November 10th 5-8pm in Downtown Paso Robles. You’ll be able to enjoy good food, sip wine and stroll downtown Paso Robles.


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