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.
Yvette Owens graduated with honors from Career Network Institute for Massage Therapy––a rigorous program that calls for more than 1000 hours of hands-on practice. Now a massage therapist, she runs her own private room at Coastal Body wellness where she combines custom bodywork, relaxing aromatherapy, and photographs of kittens wrestling to ease tension. Clients can draw on a variety of massage modalities such as long flowing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue techniques, or request a specialty sports massage to temper the pain for an athletic injury.
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Highly trained aesthetic nurses perform every procedure at Newport Aesthetics, helping clients restore their skin's naturally youthful appearance without resorting to invasive surgeries. Instead, the cosmetically inclined healthcare professionals rely on cosmetic laser systems, microdermabrasion wands, injectable dermal fillers, exfoliating chemical peels, and other noninvasive and minimally invasive alternatives that collectively help improve skin tone and texture. Traditional spa treatments—including indulgent massages—round out the med spa's menu.
BodyCentre Day Spa often looks beneath the surface, searching for ways to make clients feel rejuvenated inside and out. This commitment even helped the Costa Mesa location earn a spot on the CBS Los Angeles list of 2014's Best Day Spas In Orange County.
The spas' massage therapists perform a range of relaxing and mind-centering modalities that can relieve chronic aches while restoring a greater sense of focus and self-awareness. This includes everything from deep-tissue work and acupressure to shiatsu and reflexology. The spas' skincare treatments adopt a similarly broad approach, improving tone and texture as they address individual needs with a combination of specialized products, noninvasive techniques, and advanced technologies—including hyperbaric oxygen and sea fennel stem cells. For a thoroughly cleansing experience, the centers even offer detoxifying colon-hydrotherapy sessions.
The staff at Philosophy Wellness Spa want clients to leave feeling relaxed from head to toe. To that end, the majority of their facial services don't just focus on the cheeks and forehead—they include special treatments for eyes, lips, hands, and feet, as well as a warm stone massage for the neck and shoulders. But everyday facials are just the beginning of what this oasis of calm has to offer. Oxygen infusion facials breathe fresh life into the skin, and Himalayan salt stone massages soothe sore muscles and marinate the skin with iron and nutrients, leaving it prone to kisses from baby deer. Of course, when it comes to health and beauty, what you take out is just as important as what you put in. Which is why the spa also offers a detox body wrap to help expel toxins and excess water weight.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.