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Wellness cafe has groovy offerings

Feeling Groovy Wellness and Café offers yoga classes, Reiki healing, infrared saunas, CBD workshops and more. The menu includes smoothies, fresh juices, salads, healthy bowls and even grass-fed bone broth. Feeling Groovy is in Claremont at 863 W. Foothill Blvd. / photo by Molly Garry

Maydeen Merino
Staff Writer

Customers are transported back to the 1970s when they walk into Feeling Groovy Wellness and Café on Foothill Boulevard in Claremont.

Amid the rainbow flower power decor, Feeling Groovy provides various holistic health services, including healthy food, yoga and more unique services, such as Reiki and crystal healing, to balance and cleanse the mind and body. 

The center sells cannabidiol, or CBD, creams and oils, designed to provide many benefits for those who have chronic pains, inflammation or want to improve their mood or sleep. 

CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana and hemp plants, that provides a variety of health benefits.

“We have a lot of different options, whatever are your needs, whatever fits your lifestyle, we have something for everybody, which is another thing we pride ourselves on,” said Hannah Ritchey, the café manager.

Feeling Groovy also offers frequent CBD workshops that teach people the benefits of the substance. 

And the space also includes a small boutique on the side of the café with organic and handmade products such as soap, lotion and beauty products. 

“In the boutique we try to have a big variety of things,” café worker Alexis Moreno said. “Everything is handmade from small shops, promoting good and healthy businesses.”

The wellness center services includes a float pod for sensory deprivation, hemp massages, salt room sessions, cupping, natural teeth whitening, foot detox, infrared sauna and more. 

The salt room is a fully covered room filled with pink Himalayan salt that helps cleanse toxins from the lungs and improve the immune system, said Sydney Keever, Feeling Groovy’s general manager.

The float pod is a sensory deprivation tank, which aims to decrease stiffness in the body and release toxins. 

“Rather than using medication, and basically deterring your body while taking pharmaceutical drugs, you’re coming in here and you’re trying all different alternatives so that its better for you’re body and you’re releasing the toxins … while also having a good time,” Keever said. 

The café is unique because of the vibrant colors of orange, pink, purple and yellow that fill up the room, along with peace signs, flowers, and art work painted throughout the café with classic 1970s music playing in the background. 

There is a fully organic café that serves coffee, oatmeals, breakfast bars, hot bowls, wraps, smoothies, acai bowls and CBD shots that can be added into drinks as well. 

“There’s not a lot of places in the village where you can get organic and made-from-scratch food,” Ritchey said. 

Recently the café launched a new breakfast menu with options for everybody including vegetarians, vegans and gluten free items. 

“We don’t use potatoes, we use sweet potatoes for our hash browns. Pancakes are made out of plantains, and there is also an eggplant scramble for vegans,” said Santiago Lupian, a line cook.

The café also has a list of many types of milks such as banana milk, oat milk, coconut milks, and almond milk. 

“A lot of people come in, and a lot of people go out, but everybody has a good experience in some way, whether its the café or any of our services, or just the one-on-one communication with our staff the majority of people have a great time,” Keever said. 

Feeling Groovy is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The comprehensive list of wellness services offered can be found at feelinggroovywellness.com.

Maydeen Merino can be reached at maydeen.merino@laverne.edu.

Maydeen Merino
Molly Garry

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