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January 2024

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Sensei aims to help guests live longer, healthier lives through activities and experiences tailored to individual wellbeing journeys. To accomplish this, customized programs are offered to all guests. My first encounter with this process was the data- seeking questionnaire I received before my recent visit. Deep tissue or four-hand massage? Food preferences? And then a follow up query: Did I really not like all sushi or was it raw fish I objected to? And then, my Whoop wristband arrived. Tech isn't my forte, but I was intrigued by this easy way to track data on my sleep, exercise, and recovery performance. e Whoop is included with the Rest and Recovery Program and also with the Optimal Wellbeing Program, which focuses on performance and sports — specifically golf and tennis. OWP is also the best choice for anyone preparing for a marathon. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the kind staff and then headed to the first item on my agenda: a mellow restorative yoga class, one of the many activities for which there is no charge. Other comp options include tennis basics, wall yoga, open sky meditation, cardio tennis, and mat Pilates. Sensei programs range from the introductory two-night Discover Sensei to the five-night or more Rest and Recovery Program that I chose. Guides — all with advanced degrees — facilitate the programs and help move participants toward their stated goals. Tegan, who has a PhD in psychology, told me about the guest who was frustrated with his putting performance until they met on a green and talked through his self-defeating behavior. Kaleo offers ermal Body Mapping and massage, which starts with a thermographic scan that's followed by a targeted treatment to address the most inflamed areas. Trevor, who has a master's degree in sports psychology, showed me how to use the Whoop to my best advantage, which is to hold myself accountable to my goal of getting the right amount of quality sleep. Per, a wonderful yoga practitioner and a somatic therapist, taught me some subtle ways to reduce anxiety that can be done even when privacy isn't possible. Stopher used a combination of myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, stretching, and a percussive device in a therapeutic sports recovery massage. Briana gave me a tour of the art collection in the Estate House and then golf-carted me around the charming assemblage of Robert Indiana's multi-story colorful numerals One rough Zero. However, my favorite piece in this area is the oversized shiny white puppy Your Dog by Yoshitomo Nara. I enjoyed my meals at the resort's Nobu restaurant, where the menu features a range of fresh, seasonal ingredients and the wine list includes an array of attractive choices. OPPOSITE LEFT TOP Three tennis courts, including one clay, are available to all guests at Sensei OPPOSITE LEFT BOTTOM Barrel cactus and stately palms dominate the landscape OPPOSITE RIGHT BOTTOM This playful pup is the work of artist Yoshitomo Nara CENTER Golf on the resort's course is reserved for registered guests BELOW Head Sushi Chef Takahiro Masuno oversees the resort's Nobu restaurant >> << @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE JANUARY 2024 81

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