Each appointment at Mira's begins with a cup of herbal tea and an aromatherapy consultation. As the steamy beverage launches the relaxation process, helpful staff members consult with clients to forge custom aromatherapy oils and creams from organic ingredients and distilled essence of daydream. After that, a complimentary footbath infused with house-made peppermint and eucalyptus eases clients even further into a state of tranquility before their treatment even begins.
This indulgent welcome opens the door to Mira's slate of relaxing services, an amalgam of Eastern- and Western-massage-therapy techniques mingled with aesthetic treatments, all tailored to clients' individual needs. The talented staff battles muscle stress with such modalities as thai massage, reflexology, and myofascial release. These methodologies find their way into Mira's custom skincare services, which each include an upper-body massage along with a hot-stone, cold, stone, or herbal-flower-pouch treatment. Alongside makeup applications and body-waxing services, the facility's detoxifying far-infrared therapy treatments improve circulation, ease joint pain, and burn calories faster than a donut bonfire.
A successful exercise regimen involves just as much inspiration as perspiration, according to the certified trainers who helm motivFit. Their fitness and nutrition programs don't just teach participants to count and burn calories; they jump-start lives by pairing goal-focused coaching with group accountability. Designed with both fun and safety in mind, challenging outdoor workouts empower participants to make exercise a part of their daily routine. Aerobics and trail runs torch calories instantly, and weightlifting and resistance training rally the metabolism by building lean muscle mass. Group activities such as relay races build camaraderie, transforming participants into teams that motivate one another. The workouts can be tailored to any fitness level, allowing new exercisers and elite athletes to train side by side. As pounds and inches melt away, confidence grows and self-esteem blooms as boldly as a tulip watered with Buzz Aldrin's joyful tears. Nutrition resources such as recipes and meal plans complement the workouts, helping participants forge healthy lifestyles for the long haul.
Using predominantly organic and local ingredients, Coogie's Beach Cafe puts a distinctly Californian spin on traditional American comfort food—a natural combination to fill its traveler-friendly oceanside perch just off the Pacific Coast Highway. Chefs fete early birds with breakfast treats such as blueberry pancakes topped with maple-glazed granola and serve a spicy bayou scramble alongside zucchini muffins. Lunch and dinner find organic greens and wild arugula admiring the brawn of Angus beef, filet mignon, and herb-roasted free-range chicken. The menu is broad enough to harbor options for vegetarians (garden veggie tacos), the gluten-averse (quinoa pasta), and kids (sesame-crusted chicken fingers). House-made desserts include Granny Smith apple pie.
The bar sends forth a fountain of fruit smoothies, fresh-squeeze juices, homemade lemonade, and organic hot teas, depending on the season. When sea breezes are favorable, diners relax on a palm-shaded patio; otherwise, they munch beneath a big central skylight and weathered wooden surfboards, safely hiding out from vengeful waves.
Ever since his parents opened a bookstore in 1954, Clarey Rudd's life has revolved around the written word. Clarey owned and managed 24 bookstores between 1974 and 1996 before depositing a life?s worth of knowledge into Bank of Books, where the next generation of Rudds joins in the family business by sorting and shipping more than 200,000 new, used, and rare titles dating back to the 1600s. A veritable potpourri of genres greets visitors at the two-level store, and that?s only the tip of the iceberg. The Rudd clan restocks the shelves daily, sending excess titles to a warehouse where more than 2 million additional books reside.
With both book-filled facilities to draw from, the Rudds have no problem helping interested parties hunt down everything from new releases to ancient manuals. They keep Bank of Books filled with works from local authors and national bestsellers, even saving some space for local artists to exhibit and sell their work.
Completing medical school in only three years allowed Dr. Nicholas Perricone to get to work building a name for himself in the dermatological world as the father of the Inflammation Theory of Aging. After an internship in pediatrics at Yale Medical School, a dermatology residency at Ford Medical Center, and years of research, Perricone discovered wrinkles might be the result of cellular inflammation.
Since formulating this theory, Perricone has authored three New York Times No. 1 bestsellers and has shared his anti-aging expertise with audiences on numerous television programs including Oprah, Access Hollywood, and Good Morning America. He has also formulated an award-winning skincare line that includes corrective treatments, cleansers, moisturizers, water imported from the Fountain of Youth, and a collection of no-makeup makeup.
Situated along Surfrider Beach and across the street from the famous Malibu Pier, Malibu Surf Shack has been a destination for ocean activities since it first opened its doors in 1972. Crashing waves and surfboard migratory patterns lure instructors to the point-break beach. Here, the pros teach small classes how to shred and duck atop waves. Students can rent boards and other watercraft including kayaks and standup paddleboards to join in on the fun.
Inside the retail shop, boards from brands such as Walden and McTavish await their next wave-riding excursions. Malibu Surf Shack's staff demos all of the new and used gear, letting customers try boards or take them to a romantic dinner before making long-term commitments.