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Bridal Party Gets Pampering Bliss with The Spa Gourmet

As the waves crashed onto the rocky beach down below, the bridal shower group sat on the deck overlooking a Sonoma County beach, and raised their champagne glasses to toast the bride. Then, the ladies toasted the chef, and the masseuse.

It had been a day of adventure, celebration, relaxation and feasting and, for the group of friends, it had been effortless, since it was all put together by a single company called The Spa Gourmet.

When a wedding is in the works, most people think of all the things the betrothed couple must do to make it happen. But such an event can be challenging for others, too.

How shall the maid of honor, relatives or friends put together bridal showers and bachelor parties? What can keep everything fun, and stress-free for everyone involved?

That’s what inspired husband-and-wife team Cindy Scott-Fuchs and Trip Fuchs to start their new company, The Spa Gourmet. Based out of Sebastopol, it is an extension of the longer-running Mellow Mommy company Scott-Fuchs founded, that specializes in pampering retreats for moms-to-be, new moms wanting a “babymoon” with their little one, and moms looking for general relaxation in their busy lives.

Scott-Fuchs coordinates a location — perhaps a private, luxury rental home such as the beach hideaway — sets up a complete spa on-site, and offers the option of including Trip, a private chef, to cook up a meal for mom.

Yet, wouldn’t anyone want such an indulgence, she began to think? And so she has expanded, now catering to couples, small groups, and even business people.

Recently, she hosted a full day of spa services and cooking for a group of eight men on a sales getaway. After golf and wine tasting, the guys returned to their luxury rental chalet in Sonoma, lounged around the pool, took massages and facials, drank more wine and ate endless fancy hors d’oeuvres.

“It’s a mini-retreat," she said. “But more than that, it is healing. My clients often say they feel much lighter after.”

Besides being a massage therapist for more than 20 years, Scott-Fuchs has fine-tuned her rejuvenation treatments, focusing on a healing blend of therapeutic massage, spa treatments, and balancing energy work.

“This may sound strange, but I feel what each client needs, and channel the energy that is there specifically for them,” she said. “If my clients are open to it, it there for them to relax their mind, body, and spirit.”

First up is the location. Scott-Fuchs works with 5starvr.com for 5 Star vacation rentals, bringing destinations such as the Villa Vernazza or Pepperwood Place estates in Sonoma.

A group plans to stay at least one night, and chooses their pampering. Typically, a session begins with a detox elixir, then glides into a 60-minute aromatherapy massage with optional warm reflexology stones that often collected from the area around the home for an extra soothing, earth-centric vibe.

While massages are under way, Fuchs works in the kitchen, crafting a spa lunch paired with Sonoma County wine. The menu is custom crafted, but Fuchs’ specialty is "fai do do" Creole/Cajun cuisine.

For the bridal shower, he laid out a lighter spread of pulled pork tacos with cotija and pickled onions, plus a quinoa salad dotted with avocado and tomato, but meals can range up to a five-course dinner, plus after-massage hors d'oeuvres, wine pairings, and dessert.

Part of the enjoyment comes from relaxing in a luxury rental home, for a true getaway experience. But Scott-Fuchs also makes house calls for individuals and groups not wanting a rental, with add-ons like guided meditation, and daily stress reduction skills.

Details: 520 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, 707-494-7374, www.thespagourmet.com.

Need help planning your wedding? Sonoma County Tourism offers complimentary wedding assistance here.

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