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

Happy New Year!!

I hope that as you contemplate this new year you’ll think about how to live in the present more often. Living in the present encourages us to be aware, go deeper, and seek to know ourselves first rather than to judge others.  Why is this important?  Because it ultimately leads to inner peace.  Tama Kieves, one of my favorite authors, says that we are like the ocean.  On the surface, the ocean can be turbulent, but if we dive deep, that is where we find silence, peace, and everything looks more beautiful.

Focusing too frequently on the past and what you used to be or what you used to have may lead to feelings of depression, while focusing too much on the future and what you don’t yet have may create feelings of anxiety. If we learn to focus on the present and be grateful for where we are and what we have, it can lead to feelings of joy, peace, and a greater respect for others.

We’d like to help you focus more on “present living” this year. As part of the classes that will be taught at The Spa, we’re making a special concentration on meditation—which helps the brain focus on how to be present.

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 for our 4-week meditation course starting Monday nights beginning January 21st from 6:00pm-7:30pm. It’s only $130 for all four classes. Classes will be taught by Carmen Rose, who is certified in meditation and yoga. This series is especially good for those who want to learn how to meditate. You will learn different meditation styles, meditation myths, and the importance of formal and informal practice.

For those who are already experienced meditators or who just want to implement it more into their lives, we will also be offering a weekly Thursday morning meditation class starting February 7th from 9:00am-9:45am. If you sign up for the four-week Meditation course above, the February weekly meditation classes will only be $5.00 per class. (Please see our additional courses below.). There are only 8 spots available for these courses so please sign up quickly if you’d like to attend.

We hope you join us for both the four-week course and the weekly meditation!

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: Detox Challenge and Ritual

Join me for The Spa January Detox Challenge & Ritual!

January has always been my month to detox. It’s a perfect month to kick off the year by being as clean as you can. For me, that means cutting out all alcohol, refined sugar, and bread. This year, I will also be adding movement every day, too. My choice of movement will be yoga this year. I’ve been doing this detox ritual for four years now, and each year, it has helped me throughout the year to be more mindful of what I put in my body.

My ritual includes replacing my alcohol with fresh made juice, a warm evening tea, or flavored water with a lime or lemon. Now I will replace refined sugars with real fruits, like an apple, and replace bread with more salad or another healthy choice.

I also choose to do my workouts towards the evening, which for me takes away that temptation of pouring a glass of wine after work. Many of my friends join me in my January detox, which makes it easier, more fun, and holds me accountable.

I hope you’ll join me!  This year, I’m going to make some non-alcohol drinks that are refreshing and heathy rather than just do juicing for 30 days. Click here to see one I’m planning to do:

Celery Shrub Recipe (link will open in a new browser tab)

I have chosen the special this month to be the Far infared sauna treatment to help give us all a kick start in eliminating stored toxins including those nasty pesticides, and the seaweed body wraps for the same reason, but also seaweed feeds the body nutrients. (See specials below.). I would also encourage you to attend Ali’s (our Master Certified Health & Wellness Coach) Detox class on Tuesday, January 8 from 6:00pm-7:00pm for some additional jump starts in getting your body cleaned out and functioning at its best.

Cheers to a healthy new you, and I hope to see you at the Spa.

Much Love,
Kitty (Owner)

January 2019 Specials

Far Red Infrared Special

Toxicity in your body can appear in different ways. Some include weight gain, poor skin tone, headaches/migraines, aching joints, sleep issues, low energy, brain fog, and digestive issues. If you think that your body may be in need of a detox, this is the perfect month to come try our Far Infrared Sauna. With this special, you’ll receive four, deliciously soothing ½ hr sessions for only $75 (regularly $35/session).

Click here to book Far Infrared Sauna Special

Seaweed Body Wrap Special

Algae, rich in minerals, is one of nature’s most potent nutrients in the world. In this 60-minuate special, your body will be painted by our talented staff with a mixture of potent ocean algae and many precious essential oils that work synergistically. You’ll then be gently wrapped in mylar like a beautiful cocoon to allow the ingredients to work their magic on your skin. Since our blood plasma is similar in composition to the ocean, algae doesn’t know the difference between you and the ocean so it crosses blood barriers to remineralize and rebalance the body. This treatment releases toxins that cause the skin to appear ripples or thick, such as upper arms, pouches on upper hips, and bloated or distended waists and stomachs. * This wonderfully, gentle detoxing and nutrient-rich treatment is only $89 this month.

*Please let us know if you are allergic to iodine or if you’re pregnant.

Click here to book Seaweed Body Wrap Special

 

Product Special for the Month

All The Spa Central Coast members will receive 25% off our 6oz “I Am Cleansed Seaweed Facial.” Normally $33, it’s yours this month only for $24.75.

Click here to purchase I Am Cleansed 6 oz. Seaweed Facial

Bulletin (New Stuff at The Spa)

  • Our NEW HOURS for 2019 are Monday-Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm and Friday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm. We are open the last Sunday of each month from 9:00am-3:00pm, too.
  • 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

Tuesday, January 8 6:00pm-7:00pm Detox Class

Detoxing Class: Taught by Ali, our Master Health & Wellness Coach. Come learn how why detoxing is important to your body and how to do it correctly.  Learn how to gently detox your liver and kidney, how to incorporate cleansing herbs into your diet, and what 4 key things to keep your body and mind young and the number one food to eat.  You’ll also get to try a couple of Kitty’s specialty healthy drinks she’s concocting for her detox this month and their recipes.

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 $40 per person.

Click here to register for our Detox Class

 

Tuesday, January 15th 6:00pm-8:00pm Circle of Grace Class

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 Tuesday, January 15th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

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 Circle of Grace Class

 

Monday, January 21st 6:00pm-7:30pm Meditation 4-week course

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 for our 4-week meditation course starting Monday nights beginning January 21st from 6:00pm-7:30pm. It’s only $130 for all four classes. Classes will be taught by Carmen Rose, who is certified in meditation and yoga. This series is especially good for those who want to learn how to meditate. You will learn different meditation styles, meditation myths, and the importance of formal and informal practice.

This is non-refundable.  If you can’t attend, you are welcome to let a friend or family member come in your place.

Click here to register for our 4-week Meditation Course

 

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 spas that now has all employees!

Local News

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