Featured at two star-studded award ceremonies in 2011, Balensi's Institute Skin Care & Spa makes everyday clients feel like VIPs with luxurious spa services. Guest pass by a water fountain and tropical plants as they enter a cozy, renovated bungalow that dates back to 1910, the same year that the Great Sphinx had her first microdermabrasion. Medical aesthetician Lorena Balensi performs most treatments—from facials to enzyme peels—with pharmaceutical-grade products. For more than 10 years, certified medical assistant Jean-Michel Balensi has applied principles of color theory, facial geometry, design/application, skin health and wound healing, anatomy and physiology to all aspects of his craft, servicing more than 3,000 clients. Applied one by one, his ocular artistry of eyelash extensions give eyelids the volume and length to attract compliments or entire butterfly colonies. Massage therapies include relaxing and healing modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, stone, pre-natel, and sports massage. Garden fountains perform a liquid symphony for patrons who relax at a shaded outdoor patio.
The staff at The New Look Salon & Day Spa administers a bevy of spa services that use high-end G.M. Collin products, propagating the belief that everyone should set aside time for pampering. To that end, the staff offers Swedish massages, body wraps, [haircuts] http://gr.pn/IKK5uJ), and chemical peels, among other services. Customers looking to feel their best can opt for a nutrition and weight-management program that encourages making healthful choices and discourages eating deep-fried watermelons. The spa also sustains a high level of relaxation with a neutral-toned decor that soothes the eyes and spirit.
Connie Campbell is always on the hunt to find the latest treatments and products that will keep her clients looking young and feeling younger. During an appointment, she might ask clients to rest atop infrared warming pads as she applies Glo Therapeutic skincare products and performs DiamondSkin microdermabrasion. She might also use a formaldehyde-free glue to individually attach faux mink eyelash extensions to lash lines, creating lashes so thick they make it almost impossible to look through a keyhole to see how keys work.
Connie has spent years learning massage techniques, including a period spent studying the Mueller method under the late Bill Mueller himself. As a breast cancer survivor, Connie understands the effects trauma and pain can have on the body, which is why she customizes each massage using four modalities including reflexology.
The mission- and volunteer-driven clinic provides alternative, holistic health care to low-income and underserved communities at a complimentary or low rate. Its team dispenses naturopathic and chiropractic medicine from its office and at an array of outside events. For almost a decade, it's been the driving force behind the San Diego Healing Arts Festival, which in recent years has been visited by 30,000 guests. During Alternative Happy Hour events, healthy snacks fuel attendees who pay $10 to experience acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, massage, and energy healing, along with courses in yoga, drumming, and mild or spicy salsa dance. The clinic also donates services to organizations such as the YWCA women's shelter and the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits veterans affected by injuries and psychological issues.
Like a restaurant uniting different cuisines to find the best blends of flavor, Renew Integrative Health Center combines Western and alternative medicines to develop treatment plans for each patient that can meet all of their needs. Patients can choose the type of doctor that most closely reflects their own thoughts about health, and that doctor then collaborates with the rest of the Renew team. Together, they aim to help patients achieve and sustain optimal health, applying the diverse skill set they collectively possess: naturopathy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, counseling, massage, and more. Lifestyle change receives particular emphasis, taking the form of weight loss, anti-aging treatments, or getting patients to stop eating their stress balls.
San Diego's The Sporting Club and its sister facility La Jolla Sports Club strike the perfect balance of form and function. They also help clients do the same. With classes that range from yoga and Pilates to spinning and strength training, the Sporting Club addresses all aspects of fitness. And La Jolla Sports Club's lineup of martial arts, team sports, and group barre classes encourages both teamwork and wellness. After class, drop by the cafe for a healthy snack, a smoothie, or just a straw to practice meditative breathing techniques.