Getting fit doesn't have to be just a boring routine. At Shape-Up Fitness Center, each workout can be a little different than the one before. One day might call for an invigorating spin workout in the brand-new, 29-bike studio; another day might include a Vinyasa Flow yoga or cardio dance class. Along with the wide variety of group classes, the newly renovated fitness center also has more than 40 state-of-the-art cardio machines. And after a great workout, members can treat themselves to a revitalizing facial or an infrared sauna treatment at the Shape-Up facial lounge and spa.
The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder’s Reader’s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line and encrusting toes with Swarovski crystals. In addition to brining beauty and relaxation within grasp, each location expands the reach of Western medicine with alternative therapies for pain relief and programs geared toward new mothers and oncology patients. Contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to health care, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free. Attentive to both human and environmental health, Spa Gregorie's efforts to reduce waste, energy consumption, and chemical use earned OC Metro's 2011 Green Team award.
In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, “Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.” This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists, as well as the saint bernards that dig them out from under piles of laurel wreaths each day.
Working from inside Joshua Christopher Salon, aesthetician Sara Palazzola helps clients regain youthful skin and a vibrant appearance through a host of facial treatments using Repêchage products. Clients can refresh their visages with signature facials, bronze their bodies with organic spray tans, or pamper their backs with treatments composed of cleanses, scrubs, masks, and massages.
Jenifer Brown can boast an unlikely career path: she went from taking care of babies to babying faces. As a registered nurse and skincare guru, she founded Natural Illumination, a boutique skincare spa where she and her team specialize in fighting aging skin and acne, while also offering a repertoire of other advanced facials, facial peels, microdermabrasion and waxing treatments that are tailored for all skin types. The team performs services that use nonaggressive solutions to soften and smooth epidermises for a glowing complexion that glows more than a black-light poster in broad daylight. Four types of facials keep a laser-precise focus on goals such as combatting signs of aging skin, banishing acne, and hydrating the skin.
Within Fokus Pilates Studio & Boutique, Blush by Fokus’s specialized technician delivers natural-looking tans using a 98% organic solution. The studio is owned by Sheri Myers, who turned to Pilates after years of chronic pain caused by playing competitive sports. She and the other certified Pilates instructors on staff lead private and group Pilates classes on mats and reformers, and have been doing so for more than six years. One of these teachers, Patricia Sitton, is also a physical therapist and performs her rehabilitative services onsite. By combining core-sculpting Pilates, physical therapy, and organic spray tanning, the Fokus team attempts to strengthen and beautify bodies from head to toe.
The staff at Bronzed Airbrush Tanning wants its clients to gain sun-kissed color in the safest way possible. To them this means not lying in the sun or consuming bag after bag of clementines, but instead airbrushing the skin with a mist of color. They employ a tanning solution free of skin-irritating alcohol, parabens, and fragrances, and since the DHA—the active ingredient that colors the skin—is derived from beets and sugar cane, the spray is also certified organic. Both tanning options, regular and express, are customizable to the client's natural skin tone and the color lasts for at least one week.