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

I apologize that I’ve not done a newsletter for a bit.  In the last couple of months, there have been so many changes required by the State that it’s been difficult to keep up, and my Dad unfortunately passed away during that time as well.  Always know, however, that any updated information appears on our website.

I’ve had clients recently come in who’ve mentioned they need to be touched.  Touch is always essential, and yet it is one of the primary things that we’ve been made to feel we can’t do during this pandemic.  We need to balance Covid-19 requirements though with common sense and science, meaning that we can’t give up what common sense and what science show keeps us healthy in order to avoid becoming unhealthy.

Dacher Keltner, Director of Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley University states that “a wave of studies has documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. […T]ouch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health. […]. The science of touch convincingly suggests that we’re wired to—we need to—connect with other people on a basic physical level. To deny that is to deprive ourselves of some of life’s greatest joys and deepest comforts.”  He states that touch is our “primary language of compassion, and a primary means for spreading compassion.”

So if the world feels a bit hard right now, go touch someone you love and spread compassion.  You can still stay within health guidelines by washing your hands afterward.

If you’d like to read the entire article, you can find it at
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/hands_on_research

I’d like to also encourage you to reach out to our Wellness Center partners for your self-care needs.

Our local partners include:
Ali Health and Wellness (626-616-0945) for Biofield tuning and energy work and Dharma Yoga Loft (805-434-1934) for yoga classes and retreats.  Both offer safe environments during this time as well.

May we all stay healthy and well.

Blessings,
Kitty (Owner)

Steps to Booking a Prescription Massage:

  • We cannot take walk-ins at this time.  (Please call to be pre-screened.) Our current hours are Tue-Sat 8am-6pm. Lauren & Shawn are eager to help book your appointments.
  • We have a wash station at the front of the Spa.
  • Temperatures are taken upon arrival.
  • 65 years and older or those with a compromised immune system – You get priority in booking.There are never more than 10 people in the Spa at one time, including employees.  If you would like to have only yourself, a front desk person and your therapist in the Spa during your appointment, let us know and we can arrange it.
  • Foot soaks and hand wraps will take place should you arrive 15-20 min early.

We understand that the booking process is much more involved but we are trying to make it as nice as we possibly can. Thank you so much, and we look forward to helping you in your path of healing!

September Specials

Reflexology Massage

Massage Specials

Book your appointment today with Emily.  She recently joined our massage therapy team and is looking forward to gaining more experience.  If you’d like to try out her special touch, she’s $65/hour for Swedish or Integrated massage (this is a $35 and $45 savings respectively).  Call today!  Discount will be taken off at check out after your treatment.

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!

Product Special of the Month for Members Only

20% OFF ALL ESSENTIAL OILS!!

THE SPA SHOP

Our Spa Shop continues to grow.  You can order your favorite product now and have it shipped to your front door.  Free shipping for Paso Robles residents.

Dr. Stefanie Mikulics

Dr. Mikulics’ Corner

I have been in private practice for nearly 20 years and have been blessed with the opportunity to offer wellness exams, gyn care and cosmedic medicine treatments.  I am very excited to offer the best of rejuvenating treatments at The Spa while supporting you in your health, beauty and wellness from the inside out.

One of the cosmedic treatments I offer is the Tempsure Envi.  It’s a noninvasive radiofrequency treatment that can minimize fine lines and wrinkles, tighten skin, and improve the appearance of cellulite. The device uses radio frequency waves to deliver heat deep into your skin, triggering collagen production that results in more firmness and fewer wrinkles. It’s safe for all skin tones, and there’s no down time.

It works best as a series of treatments. Every patient will have a personalized schedule, but you can expect to need at least four Tempsure Envi sessions, two to four weeks apart. Treatments can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area.

During your treatment, you’ll feel warmth but no pain as I direct the handpiece over your skin. Similar devices have existed for years, but Tempsure Envi is the only device of its kind to emit radiofrequency that stimulates the nerves so minimally, allowing providers to use a higher temperature and faster results without pain.

Health, Happiness and Many Blessings,

Stefanie Mikulics, MD

Ali's Corner - Ali Health & Wellness

Ali’s Corner

Do you feel like you’ve lost touch with the true essence of who you are?  Sometimes when we feel out of sync within, it’s an indicator that the cells in our body are out of tune.  Biofield tuning can assist in restoring that internal integration that helps us to feel our best.

Biofield tuning may also help ADHD, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, depression, teen defiance, deep trauma and a number of other ailments and problems. It’s wonderful for children, too! You can read more about it on www.biofieldtuning.com.

To book an appointment or to learn more about the sessions, please call or text Ali at 626-616-0945 for a session in Paso Robles or a distance session over the phone.

Health, Healing & Love,
Ali
Owner, Ali Health and Wellness
MBA, MA, Master Certified Health & Wellness Coach (MCHC), Spiritual Coach & Certified Biofield Tuning Practioner

Dharma Yoga Loft

Jena’s Corner

Dharma Yoga Loft is open with virtual classes, indoor classes, and outdoor classes. We also offer weekly yoga + Surf camps for all ages. And we offer a few yearly retreats to bring joy and wellbeing into your life.

I will be teaching on Sunday, September 20 at Rava Winery, and a special guest yoga teacher from San Jose will be teaching yoga there on Sunday, September 27th for the charitable event supporting “Along Comes Hope.”  We hope to see you there!

Visit our website at www.pasoyoga.com or call 805-434-1924.

Thank you!

All the best,
Jena

Private yoga instruction is also available to help you further your practice of yoga, meditation, Pilates, or sculpt training.  You can find us at www.pasoyoga.com

Along Comes Hope

Along Comes Hope Success Story

Rochel was a Senior at Paso Robles High School when she was diagnosed with leukemia at 17 years old. Her aunt and uncle moved her here from the Philippines without her parents to work at their elder care home five months before her diagnosis.  She was referred to Along Comes Hope through her physician, as she was not getting support, healthy foods or consistent rides to her lifesaving treatments and doctor appointments. Rochel would not have survived without having these intense chemotherapy treatments and many appointments.

The team at Along Comes Hope jumped into action and became a part of Rochel’s healing journey. They helped her with transportation support from Paso Robles to Stanford Hospital chemotherapy, as well as her local doctors in San Luis Obispo.  They also helped her with some healthy food and emotional support. She had never worn a dress or gone to a dance, but wanted so badly to go to her Senior year high school prom.  Along Comes Hope made that happen.  Their team found a gown for her, a beautiful wig donated from Hearst Cancer Resource Center, and bought her prom tickets. Their CEO went to Rochel’s home to do her makeup and hair.

When Rochel looked in the mirror, she said, “I feel like a Princess!” One of their amazing male Cal Poly volunteers showed up with flowers to escort her to the prom for a wonderful night of memories, dancing and laughter.

The photo below displays the gifts of life that Rochel was blessed with after healing from cancer.  She was told she would likely never be able to have a baby due to the intense and aggressive chemotherapy she’d endured. But this Princess found her Prince and is now married with two beautiful children. If Rochel wasn’t given a chance to fight cancer, so many lives would have been impacted.  No family should have to choose between affordability or survivability. Along Comes Hope is here to help make sure every child gets a chance to fight this disease.

Minted Spinach Soup

Minted Spinach Soup

MAIN INGREDIENTS*

3 carrots
13.4 oz chickpeas
2 tsp ras el hanout spice
1 onion
1 oz fresh ginger
½ oz fresh mint
8 oz baby spinach
2 tsp vegetable broth concentrate
¼ cup Forager® Project Cashewgurt®
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Roast the vegetables
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel and dice the carrots. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Add the diced carrots and just half the chickpeas to a baking sheet and toss with 1 tbsp vegetable oil, ras el hanout, and a pinch of salt. Roast until the carrots are tender and the chickpeas are crispy, 15 to 18 minutes.

2. Prepare the aromatics
Peel and dice the onion. Peel and mince 1 tbsp of ginger. Pick the mint leaves.

3. Start the minted spinach soup
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion, minced ginger, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onions have softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the remaining chickpeas, spinach, vegetable broth concentrate, all but a few of the mint leaves, 1¼ cups water, and 1 tsp salt. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook until the greens have wilted, 4 to 5 minutes.

4. Blend the minted spinach soup
Carefully transfer the minted spinach soup to a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste, and add salt and pepper as necessary.

5. Serve
Divide the minted spinach soup between bowls. Dollop with Cashewgurt. Top with the ras el hanout, carrots and crispy chickpeas, and the remaining mint leaves. Enjoy!

*This recipe comes from Purple Carrot…they also have a delicious home delivery service as well (www.purplecarrot.com)

Kitty’s Corner

One way to be healthier is to receive healthy touch.  How often do you receive this?  Kathleen Keating, a blogger for Emotional Intelligence states that “we are suffering in our society from […] touch deprivation, skin hunger, and hug inhibition.”** Touch is critical for our physical, mental, and emotional health.  It releases oxytocin, a bonding hormone.  It activates the vagus nerve that’s connected from the brain to the gut, which, in part, helps control your immune system, and it helps to reduce depression.  It’s essential for our ability to not just survive, but to thrive.**

Whether you’re single and just not receiving enough healthy touch because you live alone or if you’re in a relationship where healthy touch isn’t as frequent as you wish or if you want, or need, a trained professional who is expert in the body’s anatomy to pinpoint and massage areas in your body that need worked out, we can help.

We also have memberships that allow Central Coast locals to receive a massage each month at a discounted rate or anyone can try out one of our Monthly Specials this month.  For September, you can choose either our Revitalize Me package or a Massage with Tuning, which is a sound therapy modality.  (See specials below).

I wish you all the best and optimal health!

Much love,
Kitty (Owner) & Ali (Manager & Master Certified Health & Wellness Coach)

Ali’s Health & Wellness

Podcast

Interested in getting some tips about improving your health and wellness?

Catch Ali’s health and wellness podcast on Mayor Steve Martin’s radio station “Voice of Paso” on the Jazz  station  at 6:45am, 7:45am, 8:45am, and 9:45am on Mon-Fri.  Click here to listen:

www.voiceofpaso.com/alie-bowen/

Health & Wellness Options

Not feeling yourself or need help finding your path?  Maybe you need a body, mind, soul reset.  If you’re wanting to lose weight, wanting to feel more in tune with yourself & your needs, wanting to figure out what it is you want, or wanting to just have more energy & vitality, then I can help.  Please call me today at 805-591-7157 and we can talk to see what services would work best for your needs.  I work with clients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and by private appointment if Tuesdays and Wednesdays don’t work for your schedule.

  • SEPTEMBER CLASS:  Two-week weight loss class (Sep 17 & Sep 24) for $250
  • 60 minute private health coaching sessions – $70/session
  • 60 minute private Sound therapy session – $95/session ($88 for members & established clients)
  • Weekly membership (you can select meditation, sound therapy, medicine drumming, or health coaching or a combo each week) $75/weekly with a 3-month commitment
  • 5-pack of 1/2 hour sessions of private guided meditation for $100
  •  Four weeks of 90-minute sessions of Prime Time Health (nutrition class) for $265 (based on Dr Williams Sears scientifically proven plan)

Please call 805-591-7157 to schedule or send an email to alithespacc@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

Namaste,
Ali
(Master Certified Health & Wellness Coach)

September Specials

Massage with Tuning Special

Have you felt out of balance in your life or just feel down?  A tuning with massage may just be what you need.  After you enjoy a 60-minute integrated massage, you’ll enjoy a 30-min session of frequency-specific tuning forks to find static in the electromagnetic energy that surrounds your body.  Tuning takes this stuck energy, reharmonizes it, and returns it back to the body in order to restore the body’s vitality.  It can help with depression, anxiety, physical pain, PTSD, stress, addiction recovery, grief, and more.  This 90-min treatment is only $140. 

Back -to-School Special

Have you endured chaos getting the kids ready to go back-to-school?  Do you want to pamper yourself?  Come revitalize yourself with our 90-minute Revitalize Me treatment package.  For just $140, come indulge in a relaxing 30-minute integrated massage, a soothing 30-minute infrared sauna treatment, and a rejuvenating 30-minute skin (face) enhancer.  You’ll be happy you did!!

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!

Product Special for the Month

All The Spa Central Coast members will receive 25% off our White Egret Garlic Oil with Lobelia and Mullen in 2 fl oz bottles.  It’s natural essential oils.  If placed on the skin, it helps support the healthy properties of the skin, soothes, moisturizes & gets rid of unhealthy bacteria. If placed in the ear, it has anti-bacterial properties to ease ear aches and congestion.  Normally $15.00.  It’s only $11.25 this month.

Please stop by The Spa to purchase this product.

Health & Wellness Classes

I keep being asked to teach a class specifically on losing weight because I hear from people that even though they are cutting back on the amount they eat, they still don’t lose weight.  There is a reason why!  Want to find out?  You might be surprised but the main problem may be one of your organs.  Can you guess which one?

You will learn how to lose weight and keep it off, as well as receive suggested meal protocols and why some food is better for you than other food when it comes to weight reduction. (These protocols are always important to review with your doctor in case you have any allergies).

The class will be two weeks long:  Tuesday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 24 from 6pm-8pm.  The cost is $250 per person.

Bulletin

  • We do tuning at The Spa.  Frequency-specific tuning forks find static in our electromagnetic biofield (usually created from emotional or physical trauma or sadness).  Tuning take this stuck energy, reharmonizes it, and returns it back to the body in order to restore the body’s vitality.  It can help with depression, anxiety, physical pain, PTSD, stress, addiction recovery, grief, and more.  We are vibration and frequency so it makes sense to heal the body through vibration and frequency.
  • Part of our regular services now include a power nap.  Naps enhance the immune system according to a 2015 study by Nature Neuroscience.  They are highly refreshing and don’t interfere with your night’s sleep.  The study completed revealed that subjects’ performance deteriorated after each of the four daily tests given, but participants who took a 30-minute nap between tests stopped the deterioration in performance.  Those who took a 60-minute nap even reversed it.  Just $35 for 30 minutes.
  • We no longer allow gratuity to be put on credit cards.  If you’d like to leave your therapist gratuity, please bring 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.

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 only day spas that provides tuning—also referred to as sound therapy!  Frequency-specific tuning forks find static in our electromagnetic biofield (usually created from emotional or physical trauma or sadness).  Tuning take this stuck energy, reharmonizes it, and returns it back to the body in order to restore the body’s vitality.  It can help with depression, anxiety, physical pain, PTSD, stress, addiction recovery, grief, and more.  We are vibration and frequency so it makes sense to heal the body through vibration and frequency.

Fun Fact

Did you know that cuddling helps couples stay together?  It’s true…bonding and attachment are created when you cuddle more and that attachment helps couples care about, or look out for, each other rather than hurt each other.  If your relationship needs some pepping up, try cuddling.**

**Hess, Samantha (2014).  Touch: The Power of Human Connection.


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