Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Kane.
Andrea, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been doing bodywork off and on since the early 90s. After honorably serving in the US Navy and doing a few years as a stay at home mom, I went back to massage school here in San Diego and received my certification. Because my youngest was just starting pre-k in 2008, I initially saw clients in my home. As the clientele started to grow, I made the big girl leap to signing a lease in an office space in Coronado.
I spent almost three years in that space before finding my current space on the corner of 8th Street and Orange Avenue in the village of Coronado. In 2010, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a painful, degenerative and generally debilitating condition. I thought I would have to close my business, get surgery and was seriously facing a future that was pretty bleak; I was 38 at the time.
Fast forward, in 2013 I opened a small studio that focused more on alignment and specializing in working with people who wouldn’t normally go to yoga. With so many contractors and running a spa next door, this situation became more of a hassle than a help, so I closed the studio and focused instead on Pilates and fitness in a one-on-one situation. Since then, the business has flourished.
The Bungalow Spa and Coronado Pilates offer a very unique service; I currently have one massage contractor and within the less than 500 square space, I run a full-service fitness and massage/skincare business that offer a truly personal service as clients have the full attention of their therapist and the trust system is strong. Many of my client live in Coronado, but a good number come from “over the bridge” and have been loyal for more than five years.
In 2018, I celebrate 10 years in business.
Has it been a smooth road?
Good lord, no, not by any stretch. I started with little to no money. Actually, signing that lease came about from just not wanting to continue to rent a small room in someone else’s salon where my clients had to whisper. I wasn’t sure how I would afford the monthly rent, but I knew I wanted a space where I could be one on one with my people, where they could come and laugh, cry and truly relax for whatever time they had with me.
Additionally, were the health problems which were huge. When I was first diagnosed, my joints (knees, elbows, hands, feet) were so swollen and painful I took the entire month of December off, lost money, some clients and wasn’t sure I was going to reopen.
After being referred to a rheumatologist, and getting some medication, the inflammation went down but there’s still so much pain. But, the summer before I was diagnosed, I strangely had many end of life massage sessions. For five months, I saw a man with ALS, every week for 2 hour sessions. I would think about him and our many, many conversations and I realized that while my condition was bad, it wasn’t as bad as it could be and that I could handle it. So I have.
I still have inflammation but I’ve used what I know, as well. I have two medications (which is minimal for RA), I do yoga, and Pilates and CrossFit when I can. RA has a strange side effect where too much activity can cause intense pain so I have to find a happy medium, which is a curious thing for a trainer, but I also think helps me with clients as well.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Coronado Pilates & The Bungalow Spa story. Tell us more about the business.
I am the owner and trainer at The Bungalow Spa and Coronado Pilates. I’m a STOTT Pilates instructor, massage therapist and esthetician. I have one massage therapist who contracts with me, Lindsay, and she’s been with me for four years.
Our specialty is deep tissue and sports massage, though we offer many styles of work. Additionally, waxing, sugaring and skincare, as well as the personal training.
Overall, we stand out for being a truly private space. Clients receive services and there’s no one in the room next door or outside the door or hovering around and this is pretty unique. I truly think this is why we’ve had such long-standing clients because, life is stressful and my studio is authentic and no-stress.
Also, I also the services that I love and that’s different. Most practitioners specialize in one thing. My specialty is the body so everything I offer falls under that heading and it do it well because I love what I do. At this point in my career, I get to work with people I like and enjoy and who want to be there. I’m with my clients sometimes up to six days a week; I see them more than their significant others. So, to be a client, we have to like each other and this sets me apart.
I am most proud of the many people I’ve been able to imply over the years and continue to employ and that through it all, I’ve remained authentic. I’m a woman from New York with tats and a shaved head. Quite a different feel for the west coast and most definitely Coronado and yet, I’ve grown and become successful and met so many amazing people, many of whom I can call my friends. I couldn’t ask for more!
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Going strong! I always play with the idea of getting a bigger space but it would mean changing my one on one set up and I’ve had 10 contractors and running a studio. I’m 44 next week and keep my life low stress. While I could service more people, I think it would also lose something.
The health and wellness industry are only getting better. When I started doing bodywork in Manhattan in the 90s, it was the for actors and wealthy people. Your regular person didn’t really get massage and bodywork and skincare. Now, it’s part of many people’s budgets and monthly routine not as a treat but for stress relief, pain relief and well-being.
As we get older, of course, we have injuries and conditions so personal fitness will also be going strong. Just as I needed a personal trainer because of my condition, there are always people who want to get fit and healthy and will need that one on one attention that is not replicated as well as a “real life” situation. Although currently there are many Skype/Facetime trainings and online fitness, it’s just a variation of the video and DVD fitness of years before. But again, nothing beats a hands-on, real life adjustment.
- Massage starts from $75 and offered in 60, 75 and 90 minute increments.
- Fitness sessions start from $45 (30 minute and 60 minute sessions)
- Address: 1105 8th St
- Website: TheBungalowSpa.com CoronadoPilates.com
- Phone: 6195220026
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instragram.com/CoronadoPilates
- Facebook: facebook.com/thebungalowspa Facebook.com/coronadopilates
- Twitter: twitter.com/thebungalowspa twitter.com/coronadopilates
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-bungalow-spa-coronado-3