The combination of tranquil redwood forests and soothing California coastline almost commands that you slow down and smell the clean ocean air, but sometimes we all need a little help to relax and unwind. From massages and facials to drinks by the pool, Santa Cruz offers a variety of therapeutic remedies for the body and
By Martha Burton
There are a great many ways to relax and have fun, but when it comes right down to it, Santa Cruz County is renowned the world over for many things having to do with rejuvenation, happiness and good health. Whether it’s your prime focus or a free hour when the rest of the gang is at the Boardwalk, you’ve come to the right place. Forest bathing, ocean bathing, sun bathing—even just standing there, you can soak it all in. And the best part is there’s something for everyone and every budget.
By Molly Ressler
One of the best things about yoga is that you can strike a pose almost anywhere. All you need is a flat space to roll out your mat and before you know it, you’re breathing deep through your third round of sun salutations. If you’re looking to stretch out while breathing in the salty ocean breeze or fresh mountain air, Santa Cruz County has plenty of Namaste-worthy open-air ‘studios’ for you to choose from. Find the perfect place to roll out your mat under the redwoods, overlooking the Pacific, or poolside with hotel luxuries at your fingertips. (Added perk, the Santa Cruz County dress code encourages spending the rest of the day in your active wear.)
You needn’t be a fan of the Parks and Recreation series to know what it means to treat yo’ self. With three liberating words, you can blow the budget, ditch the diet, and fill your day with massages, cupcakes, and sparkling wine—and not necessarily in that order. So, drop the kiddos with the sitter, don
Karuna Gutowski starts her workday at 4:40pm with a 10-minute meditation. Her calm demeanor and smiling eyes put you immediately at ease and prove the effectiveness of her daily practice. Gutowski has been a massage practitioner at Well Within for eight years and when you visit the Japanese-inspired spa, it’s no mystery why someone would trade their desk job to work here.