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Two dozen candles glow welcomingly at Natural Athletic Performance Spa, where holistic health practitioner Reyna Carter guides an elite team specializing in fine-tuning the bodies of athletes in a setting that dissolves the stress of competition. Acupuncturist and master of traditional Oriental medicine Melissa Batten represents the staff members? expertise and thoughtful approach to their work. Having enrolled at the International Professional School of Bodywork, she realized she could better serve her clients with a degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she pursued sports medicine, interned for two years in various clinical settings, and learned to differentiate the ailments better addressed with Western medicine. A pair of licensed massage therapists?one of whom is also a certified personal trainer?wield knowledge of six modalities that include the circulation-boosting Swedish style as well as thai and sports massages that loosen joints and target injury prevention. Treatments to streamline silhouettes for races with speeding bullets take shape as either dietary supplements or noninvasive, mechanical kneadings.

3670 Clairemont Drive
San Diego,
CA
US

When the aestheticians of The Upper Level Spa blend water, lemon juice, and sugar, they're not making lemonade. Rather, they're forming a paste that uproots hair and temporary tattoos without causing skin damage. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring eschews artificial ingredients, scents, dyes, and even heat?though the paste is warm, it will never burn skin, making it ideal for large or highly sensitive areas. In addition to sugaring, the skincare specialists offer vitamin-infused facials, 15 types of chemical peels, and natural airbrush tans. A massage therapist complements these and other spa services with bodywork sessions in a variety of modalities.

2621 Denver Street
San Diego,
CA
US

Jaclyn Davey's decade-long massage career and dual bachelor's degrees in health science and psychology ensure an ideal balance of communication, education, and experience during private massages at Namaste Massage. Her experience with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities and certifications in cupping, reflexology, and Thai massage ensure sessions are always tailored to individuals' needs. Guests can also peruse Namaste Massage's menu of exfoliating back masks, which provide intense rejuvenation without the use of a pressure washer.

4406 Park Blvd.
San Diego,
CA
US

A sparkling chandelier, mirrors in gilded frames, a marbled Corinthian pillar. Ultra Lux Salon and Day Spa would live up to its name by d?cor alone. But once patrons slide into chairs, a team of hairstylists extends pampering still further by snipping off split ends, coloring locks, and adding length with extensions. Spa services such as massages, manicures, and waxing soothe bodies as well as strands.

10549 Scripps Poway Pkwy
San Diego,
CA
US

An elegant chandelier lights up the soft white couch and decor inside OneZen Life, where skilled, holistic health practitioner, Alef Martins, pampers clients with massages and reflexology treatments. The staff's goal of bringing a little zen to clients' lives materializes as they incorporate Body Bliss organic massage oils and lotions in their kneading?instead of making clients say the spa's name 10 times slow.

1111 Fort Stockton Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Cascade Spa considers itself a secret hideaway of sorts?a tranquil oasis to escape the daily stresses of life and simply relax. And that's exactly what its clients can do, with the spa's array of services such as hot steam foot saunas, body polishes, massages, and rejuvenation packages. During a Jacuzzi soak, for example, guests climb into private marble-sided tubs and close the curtains around themselves to luxuriate in the gently lit room. Eclectic global influences inform the whimsical interior, whisking imaginations away from work concerns with potted bamboo, Indian drapes, and cube paper lanterns. One room surrounds folks in a menagerie of paper butterflies. The design, which gives the place an almost enchanted feel, is all part of the charm, inviting people to escape for a while, and creating a space particularly suited to one of the spa's specialties?the Couple's Romance Journey Massage.

3785 6th Ave Suite 100a
San Diego,
CA
US