Dry air wafts out the door as it opens to reveal soft, blue lighting and a room entirely covered in salt. Inside, comfortable chairs sit draped in fluffy towels while tranquil, soothing music diffuses throughout the room. This is the environment of a salt-therapy session at The Salt Room La Jolla. The comfortably dry air in the room is filled with microscopic salt crystals that, when inhaled, break down mucus and other toxins in the lungs. The microclimate in the room develops naturally through diffusion from the salt walls and carefully controlled temperature and humidity that create allergen-free air. The Salt Room La Jolla's website prepares each guest for their visit, offering tips on clothing, expectations, and recommendations for post-visit body cleanses.
Licensed acupuncturist Julia Sanfilippo performs each treatment surrounded by stockpiles of knowledge that she accumulated while earning a master of science in traditional oriental medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Rejuvenating treatments entail the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points on the face, neck, and around the eyes. By stimulating facial muscles in strategic spots, Sanfilippo aims to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles and imbue skin with the tone of an extremely fit porcupine. Although most patients leave looking more youthful after a single session, multiple sessions are typically recommended (sometimes as many as 10 for best results). After needles are removed, a massage soothes the face, scalp, and hands to prepare them to fend off droves of admiring woodland creatures.
Deniez Surofchy has spent the last eight years solving all of her clients’ hair-related problems, including overgrown locks, dull hair color, and stubborn frizz. She offers a diverse array of services, from ombre color and hair extensions to facial threading and makeup application. And the clientele she works with is just as diverse, as she speaks Farsi, Turkish, and Azeri along with English. When not crafting new hairstyles, she teaches professionals-in-training how to cut and color properly at the Paul Mitchell school.
Determined to "lighten the footprint of humanity," both by improving our bodies and lessening our impact on the environment, Bee Green World offers a host of services, from juice cleanses to wellness retreats. Curating options such as delivered vegan meals, the staff helps clients eat right, treat their bodies well, and be kind to the earth because it's impossible to give it a hug.
Point Del Mar Acupuncture founder and owner Valerie Beckwith graduated with a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, but she didn't stop there. Since then, she's performed extensive clinical research, studied at a university in Hangzhou, China, and apprenticed under a master acupuncturist. Each day she brings this experience to her practice, a clinic where she's teamed up with Dwayne Lee, a health practitioner who is also board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Both are adept at treating a bevy of different conditions, having had success in the past reducing general pain, dealing with respiratory disorders, and helping their clients overcome addictions. In order to maintain the highest of sanitation standards, Point Del Mar uses only stainless-steel needles that are used only one time before being thrown away—like the motorcycles of rich men.
Acuheart takes a three-tiered approach to well-being that combines blood-chemistry testing, acupuncture, and nutritional supplements. Blood testing may reveal organ function, allergies, hormone levels, and maple syrup content. The results of such testing inform the acupuncture methods, herbs, and diet strategies used to remedy health concerns from lower-back pain to depression and the effects of strokes. Owner Patricia Blake's experience in the field of medicine has taken her from Hong Kong, where she studied at the elbow of a Chinese medicine master, to Sri Lanka, where she employed acupuncture to help relieve the symptoms of HIV-positive children. Building on these experiences, Patricia attends yearly and monthly continuing-education courses. Through these, she amasses information on such topics as respiratory health and how Chinese medicine stacks up against pharmaceutical drugs.