Kitty’s Corner: Thoughts, Opinions, & Musings of Kitty’s

Kitty and Maggie Love

Losing a loved one—whether a human or an animal—will rip your heart right out. It’s like you have to put your body back together. I recently lost my beloved, Maggie Love—my 10-year old St Bernard.  I haven’t hurt like this since I lost my grandmother.

I remember when my grandmother passed away, I got a massage and it helped me cope with some of my pain. I have watched and worked on many that come into the Spa who have recently lost someone, and have seen the comfort they feel after receiving massage. But I also began to wonder if some guests may not tell us of their loss before the treatment begins, so I have decided to now offer on our menu a Bereavement Massage for those grieving a loss.

The truth is that pain is held in our bodies and helping that grief to move through and out of the body is so important in order to prevent injury or illness.  The type of massage we give is very different depending on what is going on with you and it’s important to communicate what you’re going through or pain you feel prior to your massage.  Our team of massage therapists are trained to listen to you and give an experience that will help heal not only your body but in a case of loss, your spirit, too.

There have been studies found that receiving a massage after the loss of a loved one helped them cope.  In one study I found, eighteen people ages 34-78 who had lost a relative to cancer took part in the study. They all said the massage provided consolation, helping them balance the need to grieve and the need to adapt to life after loss.

So, if you are, or if you know of someone that has lost a loved one, I encourage you to buy a gift card or book a Bereavement Massage appointment for that individual. It’s one of the most loving things you could do for her or him.

Much love,
Kitty (Owner)

March Specials

Reflexology Massage

45 minute Reflexology treatment for $65 (normally $80)

Reflexology helps to reestablish balance within the body. Your therapist will apply pressure to points in the feet, hands and ears to send energy flowing through your body until it reaches the area(s) in need of healing.

Bereavement Massage

NEW OFFERING: Bereavement Massage

Touch for your Spirit

This massage is offered to support guests that are mentally, emotionally and spiritually exhausted from the stress of grieving and to provide a reprieve from speaking for awhile. This massage is not focused on specifically addressing problem areas, rather, it is an intention set on touching your spirit and creating a safe and comfortable environment. 60 minutes – $110

The Spa Central Coast Gift Card

Gift Cards

Would you like to get a special gift for someone important to you?  How about a gift card 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!

Vital Reds

Product Special of the Month

15% off Vital Reds

Gundry MD Vital Reds revolutionary formula combines the power of 34 polyphenol-rich superfruits with natural fat-burning ingredients and probiotics. Vital Reds helps your body maintain higher energy levels, better digestion, and healthier-looking skin.

  • Helps boost natural energy
  • Promotes improved digestion
  • Helps improve skin health & appearance
  • “Quick-Dissolve” Mix with Natural Berry Flavor
  • Soy-Free / Sugar-Free / Artificial Sweetener-Free / Lectin-Free
  • Suggested use: Add 1 scoop of VITAL REDS with 8 fl. oz. of cold water of your favorite beverage and mix well.

Please stop by The Spa Central Coast to purchase this product.

6 Reasons To Join The Spa Central Coast Membership

  • 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.  Members, come by and pick yours up today if you haven’t received your discount card yet!  Don’t forget your card expires December 31st, so pick your new one up the end of December.
  • $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.

Come visit us or call 805-591-7157 to become a member today!

Shoulder Mobility

Body Mechanics

The shoulder is a complex and very unique joint. It is literally a floating system of muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves that must all be firing and functioning near perfection to stay super flexible, stable, strong, and pain-free. Understanding the impact good mobility can have on our daily lives is what I would like to drive home. What is shoulder mobility? It is the ability to move the shoulders through a range of motion with control before being restricted. This includes having requisite strength, coordination, and flexibility. On a day to day basis I see protraction (rounded/forward shoulders); this is actually fairly common and can be caused by many things; poor posture is at the top of that list. Poor posture leads to decreased shoulder mobility = unnatural spine position = increased stress on joints and also causes muscle weakness and overworked muscle groups.

My role is to work through tissue and muscle restriction in order to regain mobility that has been lost, and also to educate you while giving you the tools necessary to continue working to regain mobility and reinforce healthy and natural movement.

When you commit to maintenance i.e. regular massage sessions, you’re doing yourself a huge favor! So keep up the good work in that respect. Now I would like to take it a step further and challenge you to commit to some or all of these stretches in between sessions.

We are truly a masterpiece and our joints do incredible things for us, so we should return the favor.  After all joints = Movement.

Effective ways to improve shoulder mobility and unlock restrictions in movement is PVC pipe stretching; I have been using these stretches and truly believe in the results they bring. Here are a few videos to walk you through them. I recommend 2-3 times a week, 10 reps each.

PVC Pass-Through

Around the World Stretch

Another exercise is a simple doorway stretch: Place your arm against a door jamb in the high-five position (that is, forming an L), your elbow bent 90 degrees. Step through the doorway until you feel the stretch in your chest and the front of your shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds. That’s 1 set; do a total of 4 daily.

Louise Hay, author of “Heal your body” states that the point of power is always in the present moment. This is where we begin to make changes. What a liberating idea! We can begin to let the old nonsense go. Right now. The smallest beginning will make a difference.

We have a team of knowledgeable therapists. If you have any further questions, or if you need a demo on any of these stretches, just ask!

In good health,

Beet Orange Ginger Detox

Beet-Orange-Ginger Detox Beverage

Yields 2 servings

This blend whips beets, oranges and ginger into a detox delight. Depending on the character of your oranges, add stevia to taste. But, be warned: Beets move the bowels, especially if you add the aloe, prune and apple cider vinegar boosters.


1⁄2 cup (120ml) filtered water
1⁄8 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, plus more to taste
4 medium oranges, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
1 cup (150g) peeled and cubed raw beets (grated for conventional blenders)
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger, plus more to taste
Pinch of natural salt
Alcohol-free liquid stevia (optional)
1 cup (125g) ice cubes, plus more to taste optional boosters
2 tablespoons pure aloe vera juice
1 pitted prune, chopped
1⁄4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Throw everything except the ice, but including the boosters, into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until pulverized. Add the ice and stevia to taste and blast again for 10 to 20 seconds, until chilled. Drink immediately for the most balanced flavor. Strain through a filtration bag, nut milk bag, sheer piece of clean nylon hosiery or fine-mesh strainer for a smoother consistency.

This recipe first appeared in the March 2017 issue of Organic Spa Magazine.

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