Qui Si Bella Spa's devotion to holistic and eco-friendly products doesn't stop with its organic herbs or eucalyptus-scented steam?even the spa's Kangen ionized water is specially purified to retain maximum mineral content. Rainforest herbs and organic ingredients comprise facials inspired by different world cultures, and scrubs and wraps refresh skin with coconut-milk soaks and botanical-infused scrubbing salts. Qui Si Bella?s staff also massages sore muscles, treats digits to manicures and pedicures, and applies permanent makeup to eyes, eyebrows, and lips. Additional services such as chiropractic, weight management, nutritional programs, and hydrocolon therapy led by Sandra Sphar help round out the spa's menu.
While working toward a B.S. in interior design from California State University, Victoria Sargasso pursued her massage-therapy license in the hopes of helping others in the pursuit of total-body wellness. Today, she draws on 18 years of experience as she relieves stress and boosts health with an array of massage services. When she isn't soothing sinews with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage strokes, she nurtures the central nervous system and stimulates the body's natural healing and detoxification within each personalized session. She also performs reflexology—an ancient technique that eases aches such as headaches, arthritis, allergies, and depression stemming from heartache—as well as various spa treatments, including vacuodermie and pressotherapy.
Licensed massage therapist Elise Clements takes her practice on the road by traveling to her clients' home turf. While drawing on her knowledge of human anatomy, she intuitively identifies and mends problem areas with deep-tissue and Swedish techniques. Her approach loosens knots without skimping on relaxation and soothes athletic, elderly, and injured clients alike. In addition to subduing stress, Elise helps bodies recover from an array of ailments, such as sciatic pain, recurring headaches, and shoulders frozen by overuse and the sudden appearance of bright headlights.
Before unwinding with a massage, visitors to Santa Barbara Wine Spa have an important decision to make: red, white, or sparkling? Relaxing with a glass of wine is hardly uncommon, but at this aptly named oasis, local wine, local products, and expert pampering techniques swirl into decadent spa packages. Massages and calming hot-stone-throwing contests incorporate body butters by Santa Barbara's own Grapeseed Company, along with aromatherapy mists. Pair this with a choice of Santa Barbara wine, and all of your stressful thoughts will be banished away.
Body therapist Charles Tinley believes that up to 87% of all pain originates in the soft tissue. That's why he's dedicated his life to massaging and manipulating everything that sandwiched between the skin and bones. Aside from his massage modalities, such as trigger-point therapy and deep-tissue, he also extols the virtues of stretching. During fascial-stretch-therapy sessions, he breaks up internal scar tissue and boosts clients' range of motion with a series of controlled and assisted stretches.