The sea below, the sky above, and the spa right in the middle of it all. Every single element of The Spa at Bacara has been designed to encourage relaxation. Add in the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean nearby, and you have a close approximation of what it's like to live inside a giant silk pillow.
In the spa's 36 treatment rooms, clients relax with the help of services inspired by classic European traditions or infused with local ingredients. Whether you choose to indulge in a Swedish massage or an exfoliating orange-peel scrub, don't miss out on the private sunbathing area before or after your session.
Ayurvedic Therapists at Sama Ayurveda perform traditional Indian Ayurvedic treatments to help heal bodies and balance their energy. Warm oil massages unwind muscles, and fragrant flower foot soaks steep feet in detoxifying essential oils. Beyond relaxation services, staff members offer Ayurvedic lifestyle consultations to cover everything from weight loss to stress management. The spa is infused with aromatic botanicals to promote healing and tranquility as soon as customers step inside, and outside they can stroll in the lush courtyard, relax on benches, and pet the flowers.
In Scott Crawford's world, fitness is everything. First drawn to the importance of healthy living during a soccer career that would see him play professionally, Scott's interest initially centered on staying fit enough to take the pitch. However, he also found himself intrigued by the psychological side of wellness. This curiosity led him to earn degrees in psychology and study in Ph.D. programs for somatic and sports psychology. Along the way, he never neglected his physical side; after his playing career ended, he earned a slew of training certifications. Soon, he held licenses in personal training, bodywork, and yoga from governing bodies ranging from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Stott Pilates to The Body Therapy Institute the White Lotus Foundation.
After cutting his teeth as a trainer at exclusive clubs and resorts throughout Texas and California, Scott finally blended his twin interests, founding SOMA Get Fit in 2007. There, he earned renown by devising custom-tailored wellness programs that combine goal-specific training with a holistic blend of mental-wellness counseling, Pilates, yoga, and nutrition education. Depending on his initial consultations, clients might sweat through adventurous sessions of beach and mountain training, ramble across forest paths on mountain bikes, or work their way through overnight retreats. This all-encompassing approach earned him a star-studded client list; past participants in his sessions include Calvin Klein, Michael Jordan, and Katy Perry. The press caught wind of his work, too, with glowing reviews appearing in the pages of Marie Claire, Sunset, and the Hollywood Reporter.
Now working with the Montecito Aesthetic Institute, Scott delivers his signature massages and bodywork treatments to clients within the center's tranquil modern treatment rooms.
When a year of physical therapy failed to heal the neck injury Jonathan Mates sustained during a rugby match, he turned to acupuncture. Like 2,500 years worth of patients before him, Mates found that acupuncture swiftly relieved his symptoms.
Inspired, he enrolled at Five Branches University, an academy of Chinese medicine where he specialized in pain management and sports medicine. Even after graduating at the top of his class, however, Mates didn’t feel his education was complete. So he built a raft out of acupuncture needles and sailed to China, where he studied with acupuncturists and physicians. Upon returning to the United States, Mates spent more than 300 hours in orthopedics training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Today, Mates' specialties also include rotator-cuff injuries, neck injuries, and sciatica pain. These are part of a wide breadth of clinic services, including holistic-healing treatments such as cupping, herbal medicine, and massage.
At her eponymous spa, skincare expert Colleen Elizabeth takes a holistic approach to beauty, favoring long-term solutions over one-time treatments. Her recommendations during a complimentary consultation can range from minor changes to an at-home skincare regimen to a series of medical-grade services at the spa. Either way, clients will be in good hands. Colleen Elizabeth personally selects all of her spa's skincare products from top-quality lines such as GloMinerals and Ayur-Medic, and many others are custom-made, like the stamps doctors use to give each newborn baby its fingerprints. In-spa services include advanced treatments such as electrotherapy facials and full-body chemical peels, as well as standard facials, plus makeup, waxing, and massages.
Nestled inside Dolce Salon, licensed massage therapists Kaye Palomarez and Jesse Ramos enact a range of soothing services. Eschewing every child?s dream of becoming the first astronaut to play in the major leagues, Kaye instead focused her energies on massage therapy at an early age, devoting time to mastering various massage modalities such as Swedish, polarity, and reflexology. Kaye and Jesse?s dexterous digits also specialize in aromatherapy and shiatsu acupoints, services that can be combined to create custom massage experiences and party packages for special events such as bridal showers, bachelor parties, prison breaks, and vacations. Additionally, Kaye works to assuage more than just muscular tension by involving herself with community-oriented philanthropic organizations such as Empty Bowls and the Katherine Harvey Foundation.