Stand Up Paddle Manzanita and Other Fun Stuff!



A great day is a Stand Up Paddle in the morning on the Nehalem River, lunch at your favorite lunch spot like  Wanda's in Nehalem  or Bread and Ocean in Manzanita.

Then to Spa Manzanita for massages, facials or pedicures and fun shopping!

Here's a fun article that just came out about SUP Manzanita!

Tillamook Coast-SUP Manzanita




Well kinda of cool-off, at least cooler then inland areas! BOOK EARLY FOR YOUR SPA APPOINTMENTS :-)





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February Romance Specials

Spa_logo_solo (1) Valentine Indulgence for the Face Indulge your Valentine or yourself with spa manzanita's Signature Facial. A luxurious facial that allows extra time for neck and facial massage, hand and arm treatment, plus a wonderful foot massage. Leaving skin transformed, rejuvenated and glowing. In addition you will receive a hydrated soothing heated paraffin treatment for your hands. This is one of our most relaxing treatments.In addition enjoy a foot soak and treat of champagne and chocolates before or after your service. 90 minutes $140

Valentine Indulgence for the Body: Treat your Valentine or yourself to spa manzanita's Signature Massage. Neah-kah-nie Mountain stones reach deep into your muscles. As you relax we will personalize your treatment for your specific needs. A warming and soothing experience! In addition you will enjoy a rejuvenating salt infused foot soak before or after your massage. Served with champagne and chocolates 90 minutes $140

Valentine Couplescouple on beach A romantic, enjoyable event for you both! Experience a manzanita massage together. Your massage will be customized to your needs. Choose 60 or 90 minutes. In addition enjoy a foot soak and treat of champagne and chocolates before or after your service. 60 or 90 minutes $190, $270



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Create your own spa romance and add one of many choices for great gift ideas. Topped with a lovely sweet for you sweetheart!

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Good Yoga 4 Everyone

With Caitlin Goodwin When: Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 7pm Where: The Contemplative Arts Center 651 Manzanita Avenue Manzanita, OR 97130 Around the back side of the building! Cost: $8

Caitlin Goodwin has been applying her love of helping people through her work as a yoga teacher, fitness and Pilate’s instructor over the last decade. The first time she took a yoga class she knew she wanted to pursue her training wholeheartedly and then to teach others. Caitlin graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with a BS in Health and Exercise Science and she is a licensed esthetician. Over the last twelve years as a yoga instructor Caitlin has continued her education to learn a variety of techniques and practices. She teaches several styles of yoga and enjoys working with different populations of students. When Caitlin isn’t in the studio she is enjoying her other passions as an outdoor enthusiast and true adventure seeker.


This review came in and I could not resist posting it, thank you BS "Spa Manzanita is a jewel. What's not to like about a sleek, modern spa located in Manzanita Oregon, aka the last cool place, with a wholesome, healthy, naturalistic feel, with a great staff and impeccable service! The spa offers you a multitude of unique, creative, and ultra luxurious skin and body treatments. that bring peace to your mind and body, and reinvigorate your energy level, and enliven your soul. Your stress will melt away like butter the minute you walk in the door and your sense of smell is suddenly and opulently flooded with the aroma of the spas custom made massage oils, bath salts, and other all natural treatments for your skin. And the place is not just for pampering. For you serious athletes looking for therapeutic deep tissue massage look no further than the owner, Janice Gaines, to handle your bodies needs. Few people know the body as well as Janice. A former world class cyclist and downhill skier who if I'm not mistaken was. on the US Olympic cycling or ski team. You owe it to yourself to find a reason to come down to this gorgeous little coastal town and treat yourself right." BS


SEIZE THE MOMENT I don’t think I am being presumptuous in saying we all desire to be healthy; we all want to be strong and fit and feel good. Everyone wants to grow older with the use and the capacity to be mobile and able-bodied.

Recognizing this, what stops us from accomplishing this relatively simple task? What stops this course of action in your life? Maybe you started a “program” and then stopped (many times)? Or maybe you just let things go altogether but you think about creating a healthier life style? Why don’t you?

I am not pointing a figure at anyone and I am certainly not going to cast the first stone. If it makes you feel any better (and it won’t), according to the World Health Organization (WHO) worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. Obesity is a bigger (pun intended) health crisis globally than hunger. Our culture is getting fatter and unhealthier and no one likes it, yet we continue on this path. If we know something is creating discontentment and poor health, and we also know that by changing some of our actions and by doing some things like exercise and improving our eating will make us happier and healthier why don’t we do it? It is so frustrating and maddening how we are at times.  I have been trying to figure this out. How can we “fix” this dilemma?  What are the magic words to help others and myself? I am not sure but I have come up with some ideas to offer.

This is what is not: There are no magic words, there are no simple solutions, there is no amazing diet or any miracle exercise programs or pill or gadgets or anything you can buy. But what there is, is you!  You and every part of of you, your mind, your body, your heart and your soul, nothing more and nothing less!

I think fear gets in our way and that is when we come up with excuses and reasons why we cannot do what it is we really want to do. At times of clarity and strength we can see and feel the changes we want to be and then… bam something stops us. So infuriating isn’t it? We see others make changes that we hope to make in ourselves, it seems seemingly simple from that view point. But what we don’t experience is their fear and the resistance and the doubt that life-changing goals come with.

Maybe the best way to deal with these fears is to walk right up to them, stare at them and then move right through them like they don’t exist. Strength and belief in yourself, in your power, because you are very powerful and that in itself is a bit scary but once you give yourself permission to feel your own unique strength you will experience a sense of liberation and self respect. Facing our fears robs them of their powers.  This experience comes moment by moment. It is not always about getting somewhere. Goals are great and helpful but goals are only achieved by each step along the way.  It does mean building incrementally; the challenge is in the moment and in the moment after that. Remember a “journey of a thousand mile journey begins with a single step” (Laozi).  When you hear the self-talk that is self-defeating similar to “oh I use to be…” or “if I could only be…” and so on that is you leaving the moment and letting your fear get in the way. Step back and observe your mind as it offers many excuses for not taking action. This is your opportunity to take that walk through the fear.


It is the opportunity to making those life changing choices that give you the satisfaction and feel of success. It is as simple as ordering a meal at a restaurant, reaching for a healthy snack when you are hungry or putting your shoes on to walk out the door for a hike or walk. Each moment you choose to act in the positive life changing ways that you desire, you are choosing an action that will dissolve the fears you cling to. Try to quiet that noise and get back to You! By finding this strength you will get to enjoy the place live in – your body.

By Janice B Gaines BS LMT



  • Learn how to train cardiovascular and get the most out of your time.


  • You will learn about Zone Training, Heart-rate numbers and what that means, Intervals, Perceived Efforts and much more.


  • This knowledge will motivate you to get more from you fitness efforts which will result in better results!

This is sponsored by spa manzanita/Janice Gaines, there is no fee. Bring a note pad and pen and a desire to learn!

Wednesday January 15th 6pm

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  As of writing this article I am presently recovering from THE FLU, and I mean the flu not a cold.  I am sure I have had the flu before in my life but to tell you the truth I do not recall such a profound experience. After the first few days of suffering I found myself googling influenza to learn more and about this infectious disease. I was also thinking about the fact that I did not get my flu shot this year and I have in past years. I wondered if that is why I go the flu or would I have gotten anyways?

In 1918 influenza virus caused a pandemic that killed about 50 to 100 million people in about a year’s time worldwide, making it the largest human disaster known.  Influenza viruses weren’t known to exist in 1918, so there is no direct information about the virus and it is still a big medical mystery that is to this day being studied. Now we understand that the influenza viruses are known to circulate continuously and they cause small outbreaks every winter. And with great regularity, new forms of the virus arise in the population and spread throughout the world very quickly and with modern modes of transportation travel is faster than ever.  The influenza virus is very clever, like a chameleon they can change their coats, so that what was going around last year is not the same as this year. These mutations tend to be sort of slow and steady but occasionally there can be a dramatic change that occurs in which an entirely new kind of influenza virus emerges. It is termed a recombinant, which is a mixture of genes of two different influenza viruses and it would be so different that no one on earth would have any kind of immunity and would be allowed to spread like wildfire throughout the population. Presumably this scenario for a pandemic, and there have been four them in the last one hundred years, 1918, 1957, 1968 and in 2009 the Swine Flu epidemic.

The good news is we are in much better off than we were in 1918. Research and technology has made it so we can keep a close eye on world health. Health care has come a long way as well as drugs that inhibit virus replication. We also now have (since the early 1930s), created a vaccine, which currently is the greatest weapon we have against the influenza virus.

The first documented idea of vaccinations was in 1721 with the introduction of an inoculation (placing a small amount of a substance to boost immune response), during the smallpox epidemic. There has been overwhelming success from large-scale vaccination campaigns. Smallpox which once killed one in 7 children, polio is nearly eradicated and a number of other less known diseases like meningitis.  There are influenza surveillance centers around the world monitoring the influenza strains for trends year-round. This data is collected and new mutations are identified. The World- Health Organization (WHO) is then responsible for selecting three strains that they believe will continue to circulate and from this point the development and production of the vaccine begins. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states:  “an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flue and spread it to others.” Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infections with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

There has been strong disagreement every since vaccinations began in the 18th century. The first arguments against this practice of inoculations was religious based, many argued that diseases are sent by God to punish sin and that any attempt to prevent was seen as a “diabolical operation”. Now many sectors of the population present a worthy argument against the vaccine. Reasons vary from it being dangerous, non-effective and there is the position of individual liberty.

Unfortunately there are studies that show the performance of the vaccine in healthy adults is not producing the kind of results that the WHO and CDC hopes for but even with marginal results the public health organizations continue to push for widespread influenza vaccinations as the most effective means of prevention. The debate will go on for years, so it comes down for each of us to make up our own mind about whether to get that shot – or not.

Janice B Gaines BS LMT


Ask Janice BORED?

It’s time to get back in the gym, summer is over and the rain is on its way or already here depending on when you read this. If you get going now you will be way ahead of the winter blues.

As a reminder (like you need it), here is the short list with the reasons why your body and your mind needs to exercise:

  1. Exercise controls weight
  2. Exercise combats health conditions and disease
  3. Exercise improves mood
  4. Exercise boosts energy
  5. And so and so on……

I can hear you now; “I would go to the gym but you just don’t like it”. Boy do I wish I had a dollar for the all the times I have heard these words:  “I just get bored in the gym” or “I know I should lift weights but I just don’t like it – it bores me.”   And this is the topic I want to address.

Bored? “What does that mean? Psychology boredom is a state of mind in which a person feels a lack of interest in where they are and what they are doing. Boredom means a problem or failure with a commitment of attention. Philosophically boredom is a condition characterized by one’s perception of the environment or task as dull and tedious. Boredom is essentially an issue with attention and awareness and in a sense this is how we connect with the world around us and this is a choice we make. When we choose to be bored we chose not to be successful. If you covet boredom and allow yourself to flounder in it than your ability to do whatever the task at hand is will not be done with any joy or success.

All too often I see people dispassionately lifting weights or doing their exercise program, chatting away, lifting a weight in-between a round of texting or reading a newspaper,  anything to not be present. No wonder so many people tell me they find the gym boring – I would be too, if I spent my time as they did.

Without the mental connection or the emotional investment in what you are doing you are destined for boredom and disappointment. It may seem a bit harsh but exercise is exactly like life, if you muddle your way through with little focus you will get exactly that- MEH!

For me, however when I go to the gym or workout (not every single time but mostly), I feel a renewed sense of joy and excitement. This is a private time (or with friends that feel the same way), to attune my mind and connect with my body-my muscles whether it is my heart, lungs, legs or upper body. It is an opportunity to feel the genesis of growth and circulation.

Practice being present: when you walk into the gym, get on the treadmill, lift weights – stop for a moment, take a deep breath, observe, determine your goals for the day and pay attention. Turn your focus to where you want to go, start practicing and strengthening the muscle of determination and choice. If you choose to want to strengthen your body and improve your overall health then get started.  Expect yourself to achieve results and in order to do that you must engage fully. What would you tell your kid if they were studying a math problem or practicing an instrument? Would you tell them to “go ahead turn on the TV, talk to your friends, do whatever you want just so you don’t have to pay attention to what you are trying to accomplish?” No you would not, so why would you allow yourself to be that way? Once you get started on this concept to fitness you will find it gets easier and momentum will take over and the happiness of feeling more fit will start to quiet the internal mind chatter and the desire for distraction.

The choice is yours and once you decide and commit you will be successful!

Janice B Gaines BS LMT

Fitness/ Health Trainer




Stop for a moment before you take that bite of food, ask yourself if you know what you are eating and then ask yourself if you really do want to eat it. I suggest if you just slow down enough to think about your food you might just eat less and/or make better choices.Yes there have been studies that show if you actually think more about what you are eating you just might not eat so much or make poor choices. Seems obvious to me but recent research suggests that by being more mindful (in other words aware, attentive, conscious, present and cognizant), you will come to ask yourself: why am I eating this? People often ask me if I miss or feel deprived of not eating certain foods and my response for the most part is “no.” For the simple reason I think about the unhealthy choices, the poor choices or as I like to phrase them the “unfavorables” and that makes them less appetizing. This type of thought process means you need to have knowledge of what food is - Nutrition 101. Stopping to think about your food also means you must not allow yourself to eat when you are desperately hungry; in which situation you are more likely to reach for calorically-dense “bad” foods. Knowledge alone will not stop you from making unfavorable choices because of our emotions. Emotional eating tends to be mindless and automatic. But if you could just stop for a moment and think! Making good choices nutritionally is not about dieting; it does not about have to about giving up anything; however it is about slowing down. This could be the remedy for a fast-paced society in which an endless parade of new diets never seems to slow down the stampede toward the epidemic of obesity. In my research for writing this article I discovered that there is a new social trend circulating around out there currently called “mindful-eating”. There are monasteries and retreats all around the world that invite you to stay and eat slowly and with presence. The last few years have brought about a rash of book, blogs and videos about conscious eating. Scores of experiments and scholarly discussions are taking place. Many corporations are using this new trend, recently Google has scheduled the “mindful lunch hour” and naturally Oprah Winfrey is a cheerleader for this new practice. I am in full support of all this but I get guarded and suspicious about the “latest trends”. With the yellow flag waving “trend caution” I do support this one. I like the idea of being mindful of the food choices for your body which is of course the only place you have to live. Thich Nhat Hanh’s suggest the Apple Meditation described in his book with shared author, Dr. Lilan Cheung, (a very “popular” book right now). As he states “take an apple out of your refrigerator. Any apple will do. Wash it. Dry it. Before taking a bite, pause for a moment. Look at the apple in your palm and ask yourself: When I eat an apple, am I really enjoying eating it? Or, am I so pre-occupied with other thoughts that I miss the delights that the apple offers me?” he goes on about living in the moment and really being present for the entire time you are eating this apple. By doing this you come to experience what you are doing and create a new state of awareness.

Mindfulness is not only practices during eating; it can be practiced in all we do. Take a moment at anytime of the day and stop to witness ourselves in action. Apply this to the act of eating and you will find yourself making better choices resulting in the trend of healthy eating.

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