Archive for December, 2010

get ready for summer now… JANUARY SPECIAL

NEW EXTENDED HOURS: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
get ready for summer now… JANUARY SPECIAL

six months for $299 (normally $390)
new members only… ONE MONTH SPECIAL $49

you get to try the gym out for a whole month and if you like it you can
apply the $49 to a six month membership or one year membership
these special offers are for the month of January only, so take
advantage and get fit now!!

athletic club
144 laneda ave. • manzanita
(503) 368-4777

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Manzanita Pace Setters

Join us!!!!

starting  Saturday January 8th!!!


A walk-jog-run club that meets every Saturday morning at 7:30am at 144 Laneda Ave.

Next Fit Manzanita and Spa Manzanita

w  Fight the winter blues, winter weight gain and enjoy the camaraderie of other fitness enthusiasts of all levels on a weekly commitment to better health, weight loss, outdoor exposure and fun!

w  We will go rain, wind or shine, its all good!

w  Try and bring a can of food for the North County Food Bank and we will collect and take over there once a month.

Janice B. Gaines BS LMT (owner of spa manzanita and fitness/wellness expert), will lead, teach, encourage and share with you her experience and knowledge.

We will do a self-paced (approximately) one hour course that starts and ends at the parking lot with a new or not so new course each week.

Any questions feel free to call

Janice B Gaines

503 368-4777

Or email

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Manzanita Pace Setters

By popular demand the Pace Setters are back!

We will  meet every Saturday morning at 7:30.

144 Laneda Ave, Manzanita

that is the court yard between Fit Manzanita and Spa Manzanita

call or email Janice for with questions

503 368-4777

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holiday season special

spa manzanita
holiday season special

Come in for a spa service and get a second service or retail item for 10% off through Christmas eve!

enjoy some hot tea or cider, fun conversation

do some relaxing and shopping

we have wonderful gift ideas and spa gift cards

give the gift of pampering, nurturing and wellness

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One of Life Greatest Pleasures – PLAYING

Ask Janice

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good” Dr Seuss

What happened to play? Is it a value in our society that is now a four letter word?

Remember those words “go outside and play”? What happened to those words in your life? When was the last time you heard them or said them? Think back to your childhood and recount your most treasured memories of childhood play.  Mixed emotions?   A sort of sadness lays over you.  Is it because we are not playing anymore? Is life too serious?

A lack of play can lead to depression, hostility and the loss of the “thing that makes us human beings.” Play lets you feel happiness, love, healthy and human. It may even make you smarter.

“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” George Dorsey

Play refreshes and stimulates the mind. It can be spontaneous or as part of planned activity. It can be physical or mental but really it should serve no purpose or objective other than pure enjoyment or amusement. A flow occurs and all feels effortless. Nine common elements are found over and over again when one asks the question:  “what do you experience when you are playing?”

  1. There are clear goals every step of the way.
  2. There is immediate feedback on one’s actions.
  3. There is balance between challenges and skills.
  4. Action and awareness are merged.
  5. Distractions are excluded from consciousness.
  6. There is no worry of failure.
  7. Self-consciousness disappears.
  8. The sense of time becomes distorted.
  9. The activity becomes an end in and of itself.

Not Sure How to Play?

Kids seem to know inherently just what to do to have fun, but adults may need a little help. Playing should be simple, fun, easy, and something that’s a regular part of your routine. Above all else, make sure your playtime is enjoyable, and not something that feels like”one more thing to fit into the day.”

I would like you to make a list of those moments of wonder and “fun”. Those moments not fueled by expensive toys or gadgets but the ones found in backyards. In these simple authentic moments not only is joy to be found but profound truths about us and nature and our connection. It has been said that “play has been man’s most useful preoccupation.” Biographies of creative people of the past are full of accounts of long hours they spent sitting by a river, thinking their own thoughts, roaming woods and dreaming dreams. Who can afford this type of leisure time anymore? But I think this lack of sufficient free time (recess), to develop a rich inner life is a large part of the reason there is much frustration and aggression in our society.

So now we are coming up with a formula:

Leisure Time + Play + Fun = Happiness.

Leisure time is a period of time spent out of work and other essential activity. It is time that is recreational and spent doing things that are not necessary. -Play refers to a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities associated with pleasure. It may be amusing, pretend or imaginary interpersonal or intrapersonal. –Fun is enjoyment or pleasurable. –Happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy.

I have a challenge for all of us! Let’s see what we can stir up this next year? Go find the kid in you (I know it’s there). I propose to a make a New Year’s Resolution right now for 2011. To take time to play!

Here is another challenge for you:

Polar Plunge 2011 is a great way to start your New Year and your resolution to play. Just ask anyone that has done it!!!  Feel free to call me with any questions.

Where: Neahkahnie Beach

When: January 1st 2011

Time: Be there by 11am. Plunge time 11:11am

Playtime leads to optimism, and optimism leads to happiness and happiness leads to love and love leads to….

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