What Makes Love Last?

On Valentine’s Day—a holiday that celebrates love and all things romantic—the question resounds deeper than ever: What makes love last?   Drs. John and Julie Gottman are world renowned for their breakthrough research on marital stability.  Gottman’s research demonstrated that the keys to making love last are building and maintaining trust and friendship.  This may seem like a no-brainer but it’s often difficult to apply in every day real life.  Think of your relationship like it’s a bank account.  In order … read more »

LPR Named a Top Ten Gift By USA Today

We were surprised and pleased to see that a gift certificate from Le Petit Retreat was just named one of the ten best gifts for Christmas by USA Today! Of course we love recognition by the media, but it’s the personal thank you’s we get from our customers we value the most.  I recently heard from a VERY pregnant guest that after her prenatal massage with Natasha she was finally able to sleep through the night without leg cramps, … read more »


Giving Thanks

“When we take time to notice the things that go right – it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day.” Dr. Martin Seligman, Father of Positive Psychology November kicks off the holiday season with high expectations for a happy and festive time of year. However, the stresses of all our life’s roles and the stresses of trying to be perfect can create a feeling of being overwhelmed. Research suggests that one aspect of the Thanksgiving season … read more »


A Balanced Literary Diet

Disaster.  Adversity.  Tragedy.  These are common words to describe the global news we constantly hear about.  Our hearts mourn for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 victims and their families, frustration and outrage fill us as we see more fighting and civilian deaths in the Gaza strip, not to mention the disgust we feel over that Oklahoma teen accused of sexually molesting children while volunteering at a shelter in Kenya.  With all these atrocities in the news, it’s easy to feel helpless, … read more »


Whole Life Magazine Article

There is a great article on the spa in this months issue of Whole Life Magazine.  It lists the Top 5 holistic spas in Los Angeles and we’re very excited to be recognized for the progress we’ve made over the last few months.  While we’ve added a number of new treatments, we’re certainly not done yet.  Right now we’re developing a seasonal menu that takes into account the natural changes that happen in our environment throughout the year and provides exactly the … read more »


Summer Solstice Sustenance: Eating for Nourishment

Today is the summer solstice, marking the middle of another year by celebrating Earth’s fertility. It’s a turning point in our calendars, encouraging a good harvest of what we’ve laid down for ourselves so far this year. What better way to honor this day than with a physical recalibration? Yes, exercise sustains mental and cardiovascular health, but it overshadows another equally important part of our physical fitness: diet. Bear with me, this isn’t just another “fad diet” piece because there … read more »


A Meditation for All This Saga Dawa

The holiest holiday in Buddhism, the Saga Dawa celebrates the month in which Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and passed onto final enlightenment through his death. During this time, Buddhists all over the world practice mindfulness through good deeds, prayer, and meditation. Meditation is the most difficult form of mindfulness to practice in our busy Western world, but it’s the most rewarding. Finding 20 to 30 minutes in our day that’s not already put aside for exercise, showering, cooking or … read more »


A Juggling Act: Motherhood and Fitness

A mom’s schedule can be just as rigorous as an Olympic runner’s training regiment, but whereas an athlete’s routine is always consistent, a mother’s routine is usually thrown out the window. She is mentally and emotionally devoted to the whims of her children, and as well as physically, whether it’s changing, feeding and carrying newborns, driving to rehearsal and practice, or taking their teens on college visits. Even though a mother takes pride and joy in providing support for her … read more »


Meet Tina Figueroa, the New CEO of Le Petite Retreat Day Spa

  As an HR executive for a series of global Fortune 500 companies, Tina Figueroa has devoted her career to supporting, motivating and nurturing people. She now brings that focus to Le Petite Retreat Day Spa with a mission to create an urban temple where clients can experience relaxation and transformation—finding complete mental, physical and spiritual rejuvenation. Tina’s work took her around the globe, managing thousands of employees in multiple countries. She found that the only place she could truly … read more »


Everyday Moms

Scrolling through the web as Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself reading about utterly courageous mothers overcoming severe adversity and horrific atrocities in order to give their children a better life. While these heart-wrenching stories are truly admirable, I can’t help thinking that for every extreme case, there are countless everyday mothers in the world whose stories are not featured on The View or in O magazine. They may not have suffered a rebel attack on their village, or started … read more »