Ayurveda, a holistic health system native to India, considers that each individual is born with a unique psychosomatic constitution, known as a dosha. Each person has a combination of three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—and, according to Ayurvedic tradition, the dominant dosha can determine and affect the individual's appetite, body type, digestion, memory, and confidence to cry in public. Ayurvedic therapies—including massage, herbal oil treatments, detox programs, and meditation—all aim to boost a sense of overall well-being.
Monica Bhatia, an Ayurvedic practitioner and consultant at Ayurveda Yoga LLC, has studied the Ayurveda heritage extensively in India as well as the United States and is a cofounder of the San Diego College of Ayurveda. She taps into this vast background as she helps clients through energy medicine, meditation, and other healing practices.
Every morning, the lotus flower surfaces from the murky water and unfurls its brilliant petals in the sun’s warmth. This image of a lotus flower blooming on the sign outside A Rich Experience Massage & Wellness Spa hints at this process of perpetual renewal. The spa's team attempts to help patrons blossom, drawing out inner beauty in minimalist rooms to help create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
During skincare treatments, the staff's medical aesthetician analyzes facial features before refreshing them with products from Botanical Science. Muscles purr smoothly under the hands of a licensed massage therapist, who, unlike an Olympic gymnastics coach, uses pressure to relieve tension.
Women, men, children, no matter: the staff at Ed Beauty Salon works with anyone and everyone. Founded more than 25 years ago, this pillar of the beauty world provides all manner of hair, nail, and makeup services. On the spa side of the business, certified specialists help skin glow with facials or shoo away stress with lomi-lomi massages. During their visits, clients can deepen their levels of relaxation by sipping on complimentary cups of gourmet tea or by asking the stylist to shave peace signs into their hair.
Dr. Rosanna Perez treats back pain, neck pain, work, and driving-related injuries using a blend of chiropractic techniques and holistic healthcare methods. She realigns spines via a series of manual adjustments while massage therapists can be called on to knead surrounding muscles through Swedish and deep-tissue massages. She also offers colon-hydrotherapy sessions, which purge any lingering toxins or misguided ghosts from the body. Dr. Perez has spent time working alongside psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to help children suffering from autism, cerebral palsy, and scoliosis.
Lots of massage centers incorporate Asian influences into their treatments, but Palace Herbal Spa was actually founded in Asia in the 1990s. It wasn't until 2008 that co-founders May and Jone brought the spa to the U.S., where they've found success by offering spa treatments with an Eastern sensibility. These treatments range from Chinese acupressure massages to Japanese aroma foot soaks. The spa's massage therapists can also perform traditional Western techniques, such as Swedish and deep-tissue.
In place of invasive medical procedures and prescription medications, Dr. Yaneil Maharaj—just "Dr. Neil" to his clients—employs a more personalized approach, addressing symptoms and their underlying causes simultaneously. He accomplishes this by using chiropractic techniques to check for misaligned vertebrae or muscular tension then, through chiropractic adjustments as well as massage, using hands-on therapy to restore the nervous system to its full potential. As Dr. Neil believes, when the nervous system functions without impairment, the body's natural healing processes are able to function more effectively, helping to not only relieve chronic aches but also stave off future injury and keep the brain from moving into a new body.