Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination - Louie Schwartzberg

Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.

Talk by Louie Schwartzberg,

Friday, July 24, 2015

How Plants Tell Time - Dasha Savage

Morning glories unfurl their petals like clockwork in the early morning. A closing white waterlily signals that it’s late afternoon. And moon flowers, as their name suggests, only bloom under the night sky. What gives plants this innate sense of time? Dasha Savage investigates how circadian rhythms act as an internal timekeeper for flora and fauna alike.

Lesson by Dasha Savage, animation by Avi Ofer.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Spoil Yourself with the Serenity Package

Serenity Package

  • A four hour stay
  • Full one hour massage
  • Herbal facial massage
  • Body polish (an exfoliation treatment)
  • Decadent tub soak in oversized claw foot tub
  • Fruit and cheese plate

For One:  $215.00
For Two: $415.00

Available at 36 Oaks Country Retreat! It is nestled in a grove of majestic oak trees on Gibson Canyon Road. It is an oasis of relaxation and natural beauty in the Vacaville countryside. A lovely country cottage setting on two and a half acres, with wild ferns growing in the shade. It is not uncommon to see deer wandering through, an occasional raccoon or even a fox.
Call today to schedule your appointment!
(707) 447-8037 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How Could Massage Benefit Your Health?

Cutting Down Cortisol

Cortisol is a steroid hormone, often released as a response to high stress. As such, it's appropriately linked to all the health problems high stress levels offer, for instance anxiety or depression.

Massage is well known for reducing stress levels substantially, even in small doses. Fifteen minutes a week, or even a month can have a real benefit on your state of mind. Cortisol is noted in substantially reduced qualities in individuals who undergo massage, helping with the aforementioned issues.

Improving Immune System

Do you get mouth ulcers regularly? The mouth carries perhaps the most bacteria in the body, and one of the first signs of a weakened immune system is ulcers appearing in the mouth. If you've ever experienced a 'stress ulcer' then you'll know how massage can help you.

High levels of stress result in immune system failure, this is why stressed out individuals get struck down by mouth ulcers at the worst times, it's simply the first place the problem becomes visible. By cutting down your high stress levels, massage can keep your immune system functioning longer. Ulcers, colds, and general sickness are less likely to strike, and with any luck you'll enjoy a far healthier life.

Helping with Pain

Massage has long been used on sports injuries and the like, and it's no wonder why. Massage is noted to decrease stiffness considerably, and reducing pain by a respectable amount. It's a pleasant, drug-free way to get back on the horse after an unpleasant muscle injury, or simply if you're all bunched up after a stressful day.

In these cases you're likely to be seeing Deep or Sports massage, the gentler Swedish massage is more appropriate for simply relaxing the patient. And in terms of helping with pain, it's important to remember this is fairly limited to muscle pain. If you've got a fracture, burn or open wound, then massage risks being both a painful and dangerous experience.

Getting Alert

If you're in a high pressure environment, it's easy to feel the urge to just daze out for a little while and let the stresses fly by. Massage has been seen offering sincere aid to helping individuals stay alert. When a control group was tested against a massaged group in a 1996 TRI study, the massage-recipients answered questions faster and with greater accuracy.

So it's definitely worth giving massage a try, at least. If you've ever had problems with any of the above, then a relaxing appointment might be just the thing to get you back on your feet.

Charlotte Palmer is well aware of the advantages of massage to health, she used to tell her customers these advantages while massaging them in her therapeutic treatment hydraulic therapy couch, which was designed to give them maximum comfort.
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Make Your Reservations Now for July's Music On The Lawn


"Picture This" Covered with picnic baskets, blankets, your special friends, 
under the stars… music softly playing and you can talk and giggle without screaming over the band. No crowds…what a serene evening out.

Music On The Lawn 2015
4th Saturday of July, August and September
July 25, August 22, September 26
Picnic time from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Music from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Easy listening classic rock from the SilverBack Duo. Ron will take you back to the days of unforgettable songs from a generation of young artists who weren't afraid to bare their souls and sing from the heart. Revisit the memories from artists such as:

The Beatles
Cat Stevens
Jim Croce
Neil Diamond
Simon & Garfunkel
Eric Clapton and more!!

$10.00 covers music, ice tea and picnic time

Pamper yourself for only $50.00
A half hour massage, cool beverage and music pass!

For those coming from out of town, we have a hospitality room available.

EMAIL: or PHONE: 707-447-8037
(limited parking so carpooling is encouraged)