So as soon as we put out a newsletter saying we need a prescription to book a massage then something changes and now we don’t. It’s just sort of what’s expected right?
What a year!! So we have learned even more that we can deal with change and I think we have also learned even more how important it is to have self care, touch, time to ourselves, balance.
We are now open for facials — some of you haven’t had one for a year! It’s time to make your appointment! We are operating the same…safely. We do ask that if you have been around anyone who isn’t feeling well you postpone your appointment but if you are healthy then we need to get your skin back in shape.
This month our special is microdermabrasion and it’s 20% off! Our medical grade machines have the diamond tip wands. The diamonds exfoliate dead skin cells which are vacuumed at the same time. This procedure is by far one one of my favorites and you will see immediate results in the skin. After a year of no facials it’s the one I recommend for men, women and teenagers alike!
February is by far one of my favorite months as we get to celebrate love by taking the time to spend it with someone special. If you are single and learning that we need to really care for ourselves so that we can properly give to another, then this is a month to give yourself more self love too.
So, for couples we have our Couples Massage. Please note, we will not be open on Sunday the 14th so appointments do need to be scheduled early! Buying a gift card and making a special date night is always a thoughtful gift. To make it easy for you just click this link to purchase your gift card for that someone special.
We have been busy and have added some new products to our line… Our signature oil is always a favorite so we have added it to our Hand Sanitizer. This hand sanitizer has aloe, seaweed, arnica, vitamin E, basil, melissa, lavender, grapefruit and our Hydrating Body Lotion which also has vitamins A and D!
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Welcoming New Massage Therapist Jeremy Engel
With so many changes made in this mandate we have lost some staff as they have moved on. However we are recruiting and just recently we have had Jeremy Engel join us. Jeremy has been practicing for 12 years and has a full and broad skills and modalities. One of his specialties is called Somatic Descent Bodywork. Jeremy will be working on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
- Jeremy has 1,000 hours of education from Florida School of Massage
- 1 year of an internship in Gestalt Therapy
- 2 years in intensive massage and coaching
We know you will find Jeremy’s massage amazing and we are grateful to have him on board with us! Book a massage today and ask for Jeremy!
New Partnership with La Bellasera Hotel & Suites Paso Robles
We have partnered with La Bellasera Hotel & Suites, so if you are one of our out-of-town guests and would like a place to stay they will be offering a discounted rate to our Spa family. We also have a Spa room there if you just want to enjoy our services at the hotel!
Now offering Manicures & Pedicures
We’ve added these new cosmetic services to our menu at The Spa Central Coast.
- $45 Basic Manicure
- $75 Spa Manicure
- $75 Pedicure
Customize your manicure or pedicure with gel, paraffin and more!
Now offering BEMER Pro-Set Therapy
BEMER Pro-Set is a PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field therapy) device. A BEMER Pro-Set session stimulates circulation of thesmallest blood vessels, improving their supply as well as cleansing organs and tissue.
BEMER can enhance nutrient and oxygen delivery, local blood flow, waste removal, muscle conditioning, performance, physical fitness, endurance and energy, muscle conditioning, stress reduction and relaxation, sleep management, vitality and well-being!
The Spa will be having a free BEMER session day on March 3rd from 12pm – 6pm. Call the reception desk (805) 591-7157 to book your free BEMER Session!
Give the gift of wellness to a friend or loved one this Valentine’s Day with a Gift Card for spa services at The Spa Central Coast!
You may purchase a gift card in person at the Spa, call our reception desk at (805) 591-7157 or click below to purchase gift cards online through MindBody. 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.
February Microdermabrasion Special
Save 20% this month while helping your skin turn back the hands of time! Our trained professionals utilize state-of-the-art equipment to bring out thebest in your skin. This treatment will clean your pores, slow down any further breakouts and start you towards healing any scarring you may have on your skin from the past.Click here to book February Microdermabrasion Special
Product of the Month for Members Only
20% OFF OUR NEW HAND SANITIZER!
We are excited to announce a new addition to our line of The Spa Central Coast products — Hand Sanitizer with our signature blend of I Am Stress Free! Throughout February, our Members receive a 20% discount on their purchase of this new item.
In this product we have seaweed of course, but we have also added Aloe Vera, Arnica and Vitamin E — all very healing properties. This sanitizer won’t leave your hands dry or chapped and you will be able to enjoy the added benefits of Basil, Melissa, Lavender, Grapefruit and Marjoram aroma oils.
Stop by or call the reception desk for full details and product availability. Stay safe!Click here to browse our Spa Shop Online
Dr. Mikulics’ Corner
In honor of Valentine’s Day this month’s newsletter focuses on heart health and self love. Supporting your heart health requires not only healthy diet and regular exercise but taking care of your gut health and stress levels too.
I hope you enjoy this month’s featured recipe and tips for stress management.
My goal with this newsletter is to share all I can so that we can live with abundant health; mind body, beauty and spirit!
Stefanie Mikulics, MD
Mind & Body
HeartMath helps you tap into the power and intelligence of your heart – your heart’s intuition – which awakens you to the best version of yourself. This video was recorded from a facebook stream to a private wellness challenge group.
The HeartMath section begins at 15 minutes, 18 seconds.
Dr. Mikulics’ February Specials
We have two specials this month! A MonaLisa Touch and a Botox special. Call the reception desk to schedule your appointment or with any questions. (805) 591-7157.
February Recipe of the Month
Use All The Broccoli Stir Fry
Every week I’ve been posting a ‘foodie’ post on my social media channels. Here’s a great recipe “Use All The Broccoli Stir Fry.” This recipe pairs well with salmon.
Pro Tip: Double the glaze and use it on the salmon as well as the broccoli!
Serves 4 (approximately 2c of stir fry per person).
- 2.5 lbs large broccoli heads with stems at least 1” thick (4-5 heads)
- 1 Medium red onion
- ½ cup water, divided
- 2 Tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
- 2 Tbsp reduced sodium tamari
- 1 Tbsp chile-garlic sauce
- 4 tsp toasted sesame oil, divided
- 2 tsp Arrowroot (was cornstarch)
- 1 tsp light brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil, divided
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 small red chiles, sliced (seeded if desired)
- 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 2 Tbsp chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
Remove florets from broccoli stems. Cut the florets into 1 inch pieces and set aside. Trim the stem ends. Using a vegetable spiralizer with the thin noodle blade, spiralize as much of each stem as possible. Chop any remaining stem into ½ inch pieces. Switch to the thick noodle blade and spiralize the onion.
Whisk ¼ cup water, rice wine (or sherry), tamari, chilli garlic sauce, 2 tsp sesame oil, arrowroot and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set by the stove.
Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large flat bottom carbon steel wok over medium high heat. Add the broccoli noodles, stem pieces and onion; cook, stirring until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and toss with the remaining 2 tsp sesame oil and salt.
Add the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil, chilies and ginger to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, for 15 seconds. Add the reserved florets and cook, stirring, until starting to brown, about 1 minute. Add the remaining 1/4 cup water, cover and cook until the florets are tender, about 3 minutes more. Uncover and add the reserved sauce. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is thick, about 1 minute.
Arrange the noodle mixture on a platter with the florets on top. Serve sprinkled with peanuts.
Serves 4 (2 cups per person). Calories: 252. Fat: 14g (Sat. Fat 2g). Cholesterol: 0mg. Carbs 24g. Total Sugars: 9g. Protein 11g. Fiber 9g. Sodium 590mg. Potassium 1,066mg.
01 Feb 2020
Kitty’s Corner: Thoughts, Opinions, & Musings of Kitty’s
Have you noticed love and romance seem to be in the air?
Could it be because Valentine’s Day is in the middle of February thus it is meant to celebrate the entire month of February as the month of LOVE?
What’s even better is that not only is February the month of LOVE but this February is also a Leap Year. This means we get one extra day for LOVE this month!
We all know love can be a complicated subject so we thought this might be the perfect time to learn a little bit more about this thing called love.
Did you know that the ancient Greeks used eight words to define the different states of love:
1) Storge: Natural affection
2) Philia: Friendship
3) Eros: Sexual and erotic
4) Agape: Unconditional divine love
5) Lutus: Flirting
6) Pragma: Committed married love
7) Philautia: Self love
8) Mania: Obsessive love
The ancient Greeks were pretty smart to recognize all the different ways we love. But even then, they realized that Self-love was crucial. The name they gave it was Philautia. Without Self love, we really can’t express the other types of love naturally. The bottom line is to love ourselves in a healthy way is healing for us. It makes our life easier to handle. It allows us to love others also in a more healthy way.
So in this month of love, let each of us ask ourselves “How much do we really love our self?”
Be honest. How much harder are you on yourself than others? Do you always take care of everyone else first, and if there is any energy left you come last? If you don’t do everything in that order do you then feel guilty? Do you find yourself angry or out of sorts for no reason? Or what about shame? Is that shame just hiding inside, you don’t know why you feel shame but you just do if you look in the corners of your mind?
Research proves that over time loving and forgiving yourself improves everything in your life. Getting rid of those FALSE beliefs helps to eventually heal you. How do you do it? It takes work, it takes time, and sometimes it isn’t easy.
In my research for this I came across a woman named Polly Noble. She was diagnosed with cancer two times before she was 28 years old. She survived her cancer and went on to share some of her lessons on life. You can look her up on the Internet and see what she believes helped her in that journey. Briefly, she said she must be in the moment and give herself ‘space’. She also suggested that each of us make our own well being a priority. Sounds like philautia to me!
She recommended giving yourself gifts that you may have given to someone else. She called it a ‘Duvet’ day. For example, book a full day at the Spa. Or a facial…or a massage where it is quiet and you don’t have to think or talk or act. Be good to You. You are worth every penny. Every moment. Just because it is February, the love month, try it. You may want to do that on a regular basis!
10% Off Couples Massage (book by Feb 8)
‘Tis the season for love…come and enjoy a pampering Couple’s Massage with your Valentine. Couples Massage is a massage done in our private couple’s room. Each person receives the full attention of her/his own massage therapist in order to enjoy a relaxing 60-minute, 75-minute, or 90-minute Swedish, Integrated, or Deep Tissue massage with your sweetie. The couple will relax in a soothing 15-minute foot soak in our alluring meditation room and refreshing water from our exclusive 4-filter hydration system before their massage. Upon checking out, the couple will receive a gift to continue to kindle the loving spark between them as well as a decadent chocolate-covered strawberry. (Special price is available all month. Must mention this newsletter at the time of booking and book by Feb 8.)
10% off any 90 minute Singles Massage
We never forget you on this special day as we understand it is so important to first love yourself! Book any 90 minute massage and receive 10% off. (Special price is available all month. Must mention this newsletter at the time of booking.)
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!
What’s New Now Offering:
Shamanic Energy Clearing and Soul Retrievals
For a limited time, Shamanic Practitioner Denise Braun will be supporting clients in shamanic energy clearing and soul retrievals. These practices are in alignment with the Q’ero lineage of Shaman (the Peruvian Inca Shaman). Denise’s rites of shamanic healing have been initiated through this lineage to support the energy healing of her clients. If you have struggled with illness, fatigue, depression, anxiety or toxicity, consider a shamanic clearing session to regenerate and open blocked chakras. If you have struggled with your life’s purpose, or lack ambition or motivation, or have struggled in your relationships, a soul retrieval session will help to restore your lost soul and revitalize your energy.
Both sessions require anywhere from 1-2 hours, so flexibility in your schedule is crucial. Every energy clearing and soul retrieval session is unique. Please note: this medicine is powerful. When booking these sessions, please be sure to read through the preparation expectations (available as a handout at the Spa Central Coast). The effects of this energy work lasts far beyond your initial session. You can anticipate ‘light bulb’ moments, some changes in your emotional state, and a need for more sleep post-shamanic session.
Shamanic Energy Clearing: $375/session
Shamanic Soul Retrieval: $450/session
Unsure which session to book? Speak with Kitty at the Spa CC to be sure.
For a limited time, Denise Braun (Author, Intuitive, and Shamanic Practitioner) will be offering Tarot readings at the Spa CC. Are you looking for guidance with a big life change? Relationship advice? Are you blocked, stuck or uninspired? Tarot is a tool of divination that has been practiced since the 15th century. Denise uses intuition and energy to read your cards and support you with expert guidance, and has been reading Tarot for over 25 years.
Half Hour Tarot: $165
Full Hour Tarot: $275
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!
Body Mechanics Tip of the Month: Why am I sore after a massage?
This is a common question I can guarantee every therapist has heard before! Well, I’m here to explain a few things and provide some very important tips on how to minimize soreness.
Massage is a powerful tool to our everyday life; besides making us feel great, it is a stress reducer, a preventative for injury and sickness and it has the power to increase our strength and productivity. I could go on all day about the endless benefits of receiving regular bodywork!
In a sense, receiving a massage can almost feel like you have had a great workout – endorphins, blood flow, a clearer mind, and great sleep are just a few of the post massage/workout benefits!
But chances are there will be times when you wake up the next morning feeling sore (this is normal!).
So what is a good way to minimize that soreness?
Glad you asked!
1. Maintenance! Get on a regular schedule for your bodywork. Stay ahead of the game!
One thing you have probably heard me say is, “the pain comes last.” Don’t wait for the pain to find you, because 9 times out of 10, the problem was there far before the pain kicked in so make the commitment to preventative sessions.
The more commitment you put into keeping your muscles smooth and “knot free” the less achy and sore you will be post massage.
2. Hydration! Be purposeful with your hydration pre and post bodywork. The average body requires half of your body weight in ounces of H2O daily. So use that as a guide when gauging how much H2O you should drink.
3. Another great tool in addition to massage and optimum wellness is adding on a far infrared session prior to your massage session. Benefits include:
- Elimination of heavy metals – far infrared sauna penetrates the body on a cellular level to eliminate heavy metals, toxins, and lactic acid
- Preparation of your muscle and tissue for a deeper level massage
- Promotion of muscle recovery.
Post massage recommendations:
An Epson salt soak is always a wonderful idea (preferably pharmaceutical grade)
Magnesium has a powerful effect on the body so utilize those benefits.
DO NOT complete a heavy workout post massage! Allow your body to rebalance naturally using the tools and tips provided.
Here are a few recommended post massage success products we have right here at The Spa Central Coast.
1. Poseidon muscle rub (Arnica based anti-inflammatory)
2. CBD topical rub
3. “I am soothed of aches and pains” essential oil can be added into your bath or applied directly
4. White egret pharmaceutical grade Epson salt and magnesium oil (Lavender or Eucalyptus)
Feel free to ask your therapist for recommendations and also check with the front desk if you need more info on any of these products!
In good health,
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Yields 2-4 servings
4 medium ripe avocados
¼ cup coconut milk (or preferred nut milk)
4 tbsp. dark cocoa powder or organic cacao powder
3 tbsp. manuka honey
2 oz. melted dark chocolate (ideally vegan)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. ground Ceylon cinnamon
1⁄8 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
Toppings (optional): whipped coconut cream, vegan chocolate sprinkles, cocoa nibs
Remove avocado pits and skin, and blend remains in a food processor until creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients and puree, scraping down the sides when needed. Add seasoning or sweeteners to taste, and blend for two more minutes until completely smooth. Serve with desired toppings.
This recipe first appeared in the August issue of DAYSPA Magazine.