Whispers from the Well – Winter 2016

Blessings of Light on this Winter Solstice…     
The time at which the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, thus the shortest day, the longest night, and the darkest time of the year.  Humans have been observing, experiencing, erecting monuments to, and performing rituals around this cycle of light since the very beginning of us walking upright. This is an inward time when we go within and find our deepest self, a time of deep relaxation.
    Hidden away in our cozy warm homes, so many of us are painfully disconnected to any form of ritual unless it involves shopping and organized religious practices, much which have lost meaning. It would be better for our health to slow down, stop and take a moment to relax.
    The Winter Solstice is a time to honor the magical, miraculous planet we inhabit through lighting of candles, being in joyous celebration with others, acknowledging that all is well, and that the light is indeed returning. We remember the light of the sun that sustains us, as we turn and begin our journey of returning back to the light.

Winter on the Central Coast

We may not have snow, but these frosty mornings and chilly days we’ve had lately make you want to put on your down jacket and hat to keep warm. We are indeed so fortunate to live on the California Central Coast, where the weather is usually mild and the landscape, and seascape, are naturally beautiful. Even in the winter, we are able to have outdoor activities all year round. It has been a little chilly this fall, but we usually still have clear and warm afternoons to get outside and take off our jackets. It is not unusual this time of year to even see people in shorts and t-shirts, jogging along West Cliff Drive or sitting in the sunshine at an outdoor café. Santa Cruz and the Central Coast have moderate temperatures and such exquisite scenery, that it is no wonder that people come visit in the winter from icy places such as Washington, Michigan and Vermont.

Enjoy Our New Saunas….

We have just remodeled two of our four saunas, so come in and smell the fresh aroma of newly cut cedar and warm your body to the core. Let the morning light stream in on you body through the artfully crafted window in our new sauna.
   Feel the heat penetrate your body’s tension, tight muscles or achy bones. This deep healthy invigorating sweat keeps your internal body temperature warm for an extended time. Regular heat bathing in a sauna assists with increasing your circulation, relaxing muscles and joints, while improving cardiovascular performance, burning calories, detoxifying and cleansing the skin, relieving stress, stimulating the release of endorphins, and can help fight illness, induce a deeper relaxing sleep, and just feels wonderful. The increased blood flow soothes the aches and pains and speeds up the body’s natural healing process. Deep sweating in a sauna can help reduce levels of heavy metals and chemicals that are common toxins that our bodies absorb from our daily environment. No wonder more and more doctors and healthcare providers are recommending its purifying benefits.
    Sauna bathing is one of the oldest health strategies and beauty secrets in terms of cleansing the skin. Deep sweating allows the epidermal layer to be cleansed of bacteria, and flushes away the dead skin cells, leaving your skin with a clear and natural healthy glow. They say that the minerals and nutrients in sweat actually plump up our tiny wrinkles and maintain the collagen structure of our skin. Sweating is a way of energizing the skin, much like exercising is to the muscles of our body. It is cleansing the skin from the inside out, not just topical cleansing. Flushing the body wastes from the pores through sweating on a regular basis, eventually brings vitality and tone back to your skin.
    We all know that stress can negatively affect our health. The wonderful calming heat of the sauna is a warm quiet space without outside distractions, where you can unwind and let go of your worries and stress. As we go through our stressful everyday lives, the sauna provides a pampering still retreat were we can restore our body and soul. Our tensions fade away and mentally we emerge relaxed, revived and ready for whatever your day may bring.
    Remember to rehydrate your skin after those long soaks and sauna bathing. We offer wonderful natural and organic lotions and other skin care products to nourish your body in our retail department. Try them out and give them as a gift this season.

In Our Retail This Winter —
….Enjoy our Wonderful Handmade Organic Soaps
Made locally with only the purest organic and natural ingredients. These luscious cold-processed soaps have a moisturizing rich lather and smell absolutely divine. Pure & simple!

Garimo’s Real Soap Lemongrass, Lavender and Tea Tree Spearmint

Angel Face Botanicals Warmth (Oatmeal Spice), Radiance (Red Citrus)
 … 20% off through February

The Well’ Spotlight…

Our New Mcrystal mayassage Therapist, Crystal May….

I began my studies in massage at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I then went to receive a 700-hour massage training at the Sedona School of Massage in Sedona, Arizona. During that time, I was trained in Shiatsu, Deep tissue massage, Cranio-sacral, Orthobionomy, Polarity Therapy, Swedish massage, and Assisted Isolated Stretching. I also taught a Swedish massage class during my time working at the Way Inn, which is a tourist destination neighboring Huaraz, Peru. I trained under the Kundalini Yoga instructor, Samson Burke, with the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. During my experience, I noticed a sense of mental and physical clarity that I had never witnessed before. I later went on to study for a year at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, where I was able to integrate Oriental Medicine into my work, through utilizing meridian and point-based acupressure. I appreciate working at the Well Within because of the wonderful location and staff. I have worked at several different locations over the years and the massage space is a wonderful environment to work in, as well as the saunas and tubs, which promote both healing and relaxation.