Polished Images, which is both a relaxing day spa and a full-service hair and nail salon, transforms clients with the help of various Pureology hair products, hard wax, and hawaiian kukui-nut massage oil. Amid the spa's muted lighting, earth-toned walls, and floral accents, licensed aestheticians beautify skin with facials, waxing, and custom airbrush tanning. Next door at the bright salon, hairstylists stand diligently over heads, snipping and arranging coifs into everyday styles or elaborate updos for special occasions and trips to the mailbox.
As the weather outside grows colder, Bella D’ora Spa rolls out the cookie dough—or, at least, the smell of baking cookies. The seasonal sugar-cookie massage incorporates a brown-sugar hand-and-foot scrub into a sweet-smelling massage. The staff also provide an equal level of pampering year-round through warm-stone massages, organic facials, and body wraps that work to rid skin of toxins that may have been absorbed during baths in the chemical vats at a local soft-drink factory. Clients can bundle services for spa parties or bridal parties, which come with optional hors d’oeuvres or lunch plates that easily sate high-noon cravings.
Yoga Munkey & More's enthusiastic instructors help students boost energy and hone flexibility with an array of dynamic yoga and dance classes. The studio's varied schedule boasts five days of morning and evening sessions to accommodate busy pupils and hard-up yoga mats who work jobs as welcome mats on the weekend. During exhilarating Hatha yoga classes, aspiring yogis seek relaxation and balance, methodically stretching limbs and awakening consciousness with harmonious, mindful breathing. Pupils ease into a more gradual series of asanas in Very Gentle/Lunchtime Yoga, which seamlessly melds meditative movement with synchronized breathing for a beginner and injured-athlete friendly workout. Alternatively, the sultry Latin choreography of Salsa Dance and Zumba Latin Dance Fitness recharges sluggish sinews, burns fat, and inspires world-weary sombreros to break out their favorite hat-dance moves again.
Located in Vista, New U Rejuvenation Center is both a fitness and wellness center under one spacious roof. For fitness, clients can come in for whole-body-vibration fitness sessions, which are said to achieve results in a shorter amount of time than traditional workouts. The center also features personal training with certified trainers and group-fitness classes such as Zumba and ab classes centered around hip-hop or music by The Chipmunks. Wellness services abound here??there are massage services, nutritional programs, an oxygen bar, and an infrared jade sauna, believed to be able to burn calories while detoxifying the body. Members can try a detoxing ionic footbath, or come in for one of the beauty treatments available from licensed aestheticians, such as a pedicure, bikini waxing, or a facial.
Gene Metcalf of Golden Touch Therapy treats giant, muscular men very delicately?he?s massaged pro athletes from more than eight teams, including the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Cardinals. It's not surprising he's had such success with athletes, since he's developed a sports injury relief program that uses neuromuscular therapy to reduce scar tissue and improve circulation to crucial nerves. For other clients, he administers 60-minute therapeutic, deep tissue, Swedish, and reflexology massages. Many of his treatments target specific zones of the body, such as TMJ relief for the jaw and upper body and sciatica relief for the lower back and vestigial tail.
Leslie E. Miller believes she has always had an intuitive streak; the ability to see deep into the soul of another person, even if that person is a total stranger. More than 10 years after getting her bachelor's degree in English literature, she made the choice to nourish her gift by moving to San Diego to get her holistic-health practitioner's license and study at a clairvoyant institute. Her decision paid off—her studies led her to be hired as a guest psychic for a month-long radio show in LA, write a book, and travel the world.
Today, amid the beaches and wildlife of her California surroundings, Leslie brings her gift to others through a bounty of energy- and intuition-based therapies. In addition to standard techniques such as therapeutic and pregnancy massage, she heals her clients' bodies by manipulating their energy fields through reiki, healing touch, chakra balancing, and other therapies. She also provides more spiritual relief through intuitive and angel readings and workshops that cover everything from living your dreams to reading your past lives.