Ali’s Health Corner:  Topics that Affect Our Health & Wellness

A lot has been coming up in the news about depression and about suicide.  Though these are not topics people like to talk about, it’s important to acknowledge that it’s not uncommon for all of us to experience situational depression at some point during our lives—meaning that an event, like a divorce or death, triggers those deeply sad emotions.  Those with clinical depression face a more challenging obstacle because it’s not necessarily a situation that initiates or is responsible for their depression, and it can be very difficult to overcome.

This year in general has been a difficult year for many people.  Additionally, there is a lot in the world and in our society that is challenging.  Negative events strain our mind, body, and spirit, and sometimes it just feels like too much.  If that’s where you are, you’re not alone.  I have been there myself, and I want to share what I’ve learned in case it may help you or a loved one.

Anchor yourself that you may not be overcome by life’s storms. 

Believe in something bigger than yourself.  Dr William Sears explains that “Science says spiritual people of all sorts are more likely to have happier brains, healthier bodies, and longer lifespans.*

I’m embarrassed to admit that I used to be a bit judgmental in my youth.  I grew up in a religion that trained me that ultimately everyone needed to believe what my religion taught, and then my own personal life storms came and taught me differently.  Those experiences showed me that spiritual truth is anything that helps a person become a better person—more kind, more loving, more charitable, more teachable, more authentic.  It doesn’t matter what religion good spiritual nuggets come from or whether they come from a religion at all as long as they help an individual become a better person.  So if something moves you to your highest self, embrace it!

You were meant to be.  Don’t give up!

There was a time in my life I almost gave up.  I’m glad I didn’t.  There have been utterly beautiful moments and miracles since then.  Trials and painful situations end.  They do.  Keep holding on.

Keep moving forward even if you don’t feel like it. 

You may not know how things are going to work out when things aren’t going well, but they will if you keep moving forward.  Remember that “When you come to the edge of all the light you have known and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen:  either you’ll be given something to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.” (Unknown).

Fill your mind for the first 30 minutes each morning with positive things.

This creates that positive set point for the rest of your day.  You’ll feel better,  have more patience, and experience deeper inner peace.  Listen to inspirational videos or talks online.  Here’s an example of a 15 minute one:

Don’t forget to laugh, especially at yourself.

Laughter is medicine for the body.  It releases endorphins, forms bonds, and increases brain connectivity. **  Watch funny movies or find a humorous friend to hang out with.

Keep flow in the body.

Flow is health.  Blockage is disease.  Massage is a powerful way to maintain this flow.  Massage is even known to significantly decrease stress and depression according to the Mayo Clinic.  Stress accounts for many illnesses.  “A 60-minute massage lowers cortisol—the stress hormone by an average of 30 percent…and increases serotonin [the happy hormone] by 28 percent.”  This combination boosts the body’s “ability to fight off pain, anxiety and feelings of sadness.”***  Check out the monthly massage special below if you, a family member, or friend could use some de-stressing.

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: CBD Topical Lotions & Massage

For the past couple of months, I’ve been wanting to add something additional to our massages at The Spa Central Coast to deliver even a more relaxing massage to ease stress and relieve pain.  I think I’ve found it.  A few weeks ago, we started carrying Sanare Smart CBD topical lotions.  We also have Vybes CBD Blueberry Mint and Peach Ginger drinks (that only have 4 g of sugar in a 14 oz bottle).  We will soon have CBD oil for dogs, too.

CBD is extracted from cannabis but is very different from marijuana because it does not lead to altered perception and cognition. Rather it tends to calm the nervous system.  In fact this June, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first pharmaceutical grade CBD, called Epidiolex, to treat severe seizure disorders in children.****

I’ve enjoyed my massages with this product and think you will as well.  We have a CBD Massage special this month if you want to try it (see the book button below), or you can also purchase your own lotion to take home (see purchase button below).

I’ll be happy to explain how to use it to anyone who buys this product.  Consultations are always free.

Much Love,
Kitty (Owner)

September 2018 Special

CBD Massage Special

Relax into the skilled hands of our massage therapists while they while they sooth and relieve pain with a high quality CBD (Cannabidiol) infused massage.  (This treatment does not have THC in it.). This powerful CBD treatment can be added on this month to any regularly priced 30, 60, or 90 minute massage we offer for only $15.

Product Special for the Month

All The Spa Central Coast members will receive 25% off Sanare Smart CBD topical in 2 oz bottles.   Normally $46.20.  It’s only $34.65 this month. This product sells fast, so get yours today!!

Bulletin (New Stuff at The Spa)

  • For one day only, receive $50 Swedish/Integrated massages (60 min), $60 Deep Tissue Massages (60 min), and $65 facials (60 min) by our The Spa Central Coast staff and $20 adjustments by a local chiropractor on Sunday, September 30 from 9am-1pm for a special fundraiser for Shyla Davis’s family (see more under “Local News” heading).  Memberships cannot be used for this fundraiser.
  • Cupping Therapy – Lacey, one of our professional massage therapists, is now offering her specialty, Cupping Therapy.  You can add it on to any massage by Lacey for $35.
    Click Here to book Cupping Therapy Add-on
  • 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, MCHC will once again be co-teaching our class “Forgiveness and Self Love.” We’re breaking this class into 2 parts.  The first part will be on Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00pm in the Meditation room at The Spa Central Coast.  This class will help you have a better understanding of why self-love and forgiveness is the highest level of love and how everything in your life that is or isn’t working is connected to it and how forgiveness is crucial to our mental, physical and emotion health.  You’ll learn how to forgive yourself and those who have hurt you.

The second part will be on Tuesday, October 1 at 6:00pm.  We’ll be identifying how to listen to what your heart is trying to tell you and creating vision boards to help you identify what your soul needs, as well as desires that you may not be aware of but that are meant to be part of your life.

This class is $25 per person and includes both classes.  Once you sign up for the class on September 25th, we’ll sign you up automatically for the vision board class on Oct 1.

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 to carry CBD drinks and topical lotions that are infused into our massages.

Local News

Shyla Davis - CA Licensed Massage Therapist

Shyla Davis is one of our beloved massage therapists who has been with The Spa Central Coast for 3 years.  If you’ve had a massage with Shyla, it’s like being touched by an angel.  In the summer of 2016, her high school sweetheart and husband, Adam, contracted Valley Fever which negatively affected one of his kidneys.  He now needs a kidney transplant.  We will be raising money for medical bills through our massage fundraiser.

WHEN:  Sunday, September 30 from 9:00am-1:00pm
WHERE: The Spa Central Coast (617 12th St, Paso Robles, CA)
WHAT: Fundraiser for Shyla’s family

All massage therapists, estheticians, and our staff will be donating their time so that all proceeds will go to Shyla’s family.  60-minute Swedish/Integrated massages will be $50 and Deep Tissue Massages will be $60.  60-minute Facials will be $65 and a local chiropractor will be doing $20 adjustments.  You can book as a regular appointment online & your massage will be discounted upon checkout on September 30th or call 805-591-7157 to book with our front desk staff.

Jaxson's Train of Hope - Find a Cure for Tay-Sachs

Shelly Karp is a client at The Spa Central Coast.  Her son Jaxson has a rare disease called Tay-Sachs (a genetic neurological disease that is fatal).  There’s no cure yet, but researchers are trying to discover one.  Please help to support Jaxson in his upcoming fundraiser on Friday, September 28 from 5-7pm at the Paso Robles Moose Lodge, #243 (2548 Spring St, Paso Robles 805-239-0503).  It’s also Jaxson’s 5th birthday so we get to celebrate him, too!!  Tickets are on sale for $10 at Moose Lodge or at other participating locations.  Check out Jaxson’s Train of Hope Facebook page.  For your $10 donation, you’ll receive a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, chips, birthday cake and 1 raffle ticket.


*Sears, W (2018).  “The Neuroscience of Spirituality & Religion.”  Retrieved from

**Disalvo, D (2017).  “Six Science-Based Reasons Why Laughter is the best medicine.”

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***Mayo Clinic, 2014.  “Can massage relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress?”  Retrieved from

**** (2018).  “FDA approves first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy.”  Retrieved from

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