Don't be surprised if you suddenly feel more relaxed upon entering Ocean Day Spa. The full-service spa's interior was inspired by the Zen tenet of simplicity, and bamboo plants next to comfy chairs help set the tone. There's also something you won't see: gemstones were placed inside the spa's walls as it was being built to create balance, peace, and harmony within.
The serene setting is the perfect place to get a signature spa treatment such as a warm bamboo massage, which uses heated bamboo rods and lemongrass essential oil to relax muscles and eliminate aches. When it comes to skincare, a pumpkin facial peel polishes skin with fruit enzymes and ingredients that help reduce sun damage. These complex treatments are administered by the spa's talented staff.
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You've probably heard of Deepak Chopra. Perhaps you saw his name at a bookstore?so far he's written 80 books, 21 of which were New York Times bestsellers. Perhaps you saw him in the news?recently, he announced that he's starting an online meditation experience with Oprah. In between projects like those, however, he works at The Chopra Center, a health center he cofounded with the late David Simon, MD, almost 20 years ago.
Physical health is just one of Chopra's three aims at the center. He also aspires to emotional freedom and higher states of consciousness for his patients. He approach these aims with a toolkit of Eastern and Western therapies, especially emphasizing Ayurveda, a healing system developed in India more than 5,000 years ago. Their East-West-fusion approach is evident throughout the practice, just as much in the medical treatments as in the retreats. The signature Perfect Health retreat, for instance, unfolds at an oceanside resort, relaxing bodies and minds with a mix of meditation, healthcare, Ayurvedic cuisine, and yoga instruction on topics more interesting than how to truly understand your mat.
The door to Bakerloo Salon and Gallery is always open, welcoming in fresh breezes and allowing the salon's pooch—a Boston Terrier named Dahlia—to sneak out and snooze in patches of sun. Inside the laid-back space, clients sip wine, coffee, or tea while stylists call upon advanced training by Toni&Guy and Vidal Sassoon to spice up hair with vibrant color or fresh new cuts. Each station stands stocked with shampoos and styling creams by ALFAPARF Milano, Schwarzkopf, and Unite Eurotherapy––a paraben- and sulfate-free, PETA-approved line that is never tested on animals or sharkskin suits.
Named a reader's choice salon by the North County Times in 2010, the space insists upon celebrating and welcoming the community. A rotating gallery displays work by local artists and hosts regular fashion and art shows, and the backyard invites patrons to peruse a selection of antiques available for purchase.
The laid-back, fun-loving mentality of SoCal surf culture pervades Spa Samudra & Hair Lounge. Kids and pets walk freely throughout the premises as shoppers peruse the organic skincare line, made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Spa Samudra, however, seamlessly balances this surfer charm with the staples of a traditional day spa. Its organic skincare products, for example, are used in classic facials, which include steam cleans, exfoliation, and optional extractions. The aesthetic team also brightens faces with peels and soothes feet with detox footbaths. In addition, the 11 hairstylists at the up-and-coming hair salon pamper strands with an array of haircuts, color, and smoothing Brazilian Blowouts.
The talented staff at Shear Indulgence Salon & Day Spa simultaneously fashions stylish outer appearances and fosters relaxed inner beings. A holistic client experience underlines the goals of every treatment in the loft-style salon, whether licensed stylists are whipping up glamorous hairdos with products from brands such as Kemon and Moroccanoil or massage therapists are relieving stiffness, soreness, and stress with focused bodywork. Aestheticians and skin technicians play their part as well, countering blemishes with a roster of nutrient-rich facials and lavishing bodies with scrubs, warm towels, and freedom from unwanted hairs and their statically attached balloon friends.
As the weather outside grows colder, Bella D’ora Spa rolls out the cookie dough—or, at least, the smell of baking cookies. The seasonal sugar-cookie massage incorporates a brown-sugar hand-and-foot scrub into a sweet-smelling massage. The staff also provide an equal level of pampering year-round through warm-stone massages, organic facials, and body wraps that work to rid skin of toxins that may have been absorbed during baths in the chemical vats at a local soft-drink factory. Clients can bundle services for spa parties or bridal parties, which come with optional hors d’oeuvres or lunch plates that easily sate high-noon cravings.