The Encinitas Spa's specialty is skincare, a logical choice given the exposure bodies get in the local surfing community. To ready clients for Speedo season, certified body sugarers smooth on a low-temperature sugar formula that is less likely to yank tender tissues than conventional wax, but more capable of picking up very fine hairs without cheesy lines. Medical-grade products from PCA Skin work alone to peel away damaged cells, or in tandem with a Clarisonic Pro brush to thoroughly cleanse pores. Eight types of massage compliment these treatments, and are performed by certified holistic-health practitioners, who have honed their healing touch during at least 1,000 hours of training, and massage therapists with at least 500 hours of training. In addition to encouraging citizens to hit the beach, the team strengthens ties to the community through charitable work, recently participating in a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Clients saddle up to the stable of whole-body-vibration trainers at Success Wellness's Szone, stepping onto the machines' vibrating platforms as they initiate thousands of tiny muscle contractions across the body. The technology was originally developed to help astronauts to maintain crucial muscle mass while floating around in microgravity, and it now enjoys popularity among celebrities and athletes as a hassle-free way to augment the effects of regular exercise. Success Wellness's entire facility focuses on the vibration exercise, which can give practitioners results in as little as 10-minute sessions three times a week. Regular practice can increase bone density and muscle mass, and the low-impact nature of the exercise makes it ideal for seniors, those with conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, or fitness-conscious Fabergé eggs.
The geometric parquet of a brick-and-gravel path winds through the lush outdoor patio surrounding Cielo Hair & Skin Salon, acquainting visitors with the salon’s commitment to organic, natural products manifested in all of its haircentric treatments. Stylists usher patrons toward the burgundy-hued styling area, where they peer into individual floor-to-ceiling mirrors to watch new ‘dos unfold beneath cut, color, or texturizing treatments. The salon’s aesthetics team, meanwhile, employs products by Eminence, an organic skincare line from Hungary that utilizes natural ingredients such as pumpkin enzymes to plump up skin, ease acne, and grant skin a luminous glow bested only by a nuclear plant’s disco ball.
For as long as Lisa Johansen can remember, she's always had a passion for beauty. What began as a childhood infatuation with styling her own hair and nails blossomed into a careful path of study that included a 600-hour course in skincare and classes in the use of Murad and Image products. Today, the licensed aesthetician transforms clients out of her own intimate, one-room spa, welcoming them with complimentary champagne and a gentle request to turn off any cell phones or shoulder-mounted boom boxes. The quiet environment allows for optimum relaxation during services such as custom facials and purifying pumpkin peels, and helps lull hair into a false sense of security before it is waxed away from the brows, legs, stomach, or bikini area.
Across three locations, Doctors of Chiropractic Jeremy von Buelow and Jason Morrison cosset aching frames with chiropractic, massage, and health-counseling services. The doctors specialize in spinal misalignments caused by auto accidents or repetitive stress to the body—such as commuting via somersaults or hunching over computers. To prevent these pains from developing into debilitating conditions later in life, they realign the spine and relieve nerve interference with gentle chiropractic adjustments, The duo also offers lifestyle coaching, where they make recommendations on food choices and nutritional supplements to foster whole-body wellness.
TNN Beauty's team of aestheticians beautifies clients from the neck up with a range of services. With permanent makeup and eyelash extensions, they help accentuate features while shaving time off of morning routines. Their teeth-whitening treatments rely on the NuYu system to lighten smiles up to eight shades. Stylists also glamorize hair with cuts and color, and add up to 22 inches of length with extensions. Additionally, the team typically keeps a feature photographer onsite to create before-and-after montages for the shop's portfolio or snaps action shots of emergency updos for shotgun weddings.