Both soundproof and lightproof, the fiberglass capsules at Float Spa San Diego simulate a world without gravity, and more importantly, a world without distractions. Eight hundred pounds of Epsom salts intermixed with warm water?heated between 94 and 95 degrees?fill the tanks. As a result, clients lose all sense of external stimuli, ultimately leading to unmatched relaxation and a greater empathy toward rubber duckies. The water, harmonized with the skin's temperature, erases the sensation of touch, and the salt allows the body, including the head, to literally float without effort. Researchers have given this phenomenon the moniker REST, meaning Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, as it has been shown to effectively reduce the brain's workload and enhance the mind and body's ability to relax and self-heal. A tank the size of a full room is also available for clients who feel they need more room to relax.
At Float Spa San Diego, the capsules are located inside private rooms equipped with showers for use before and after the session. Appointments kick off with 10 minutes of soothing music before all sounds and stimuli are shut off for 50 minutes of supreme silence and relaxation. With their modesty guarded by the locked rooms, clients are free to enjoy their flotation clad in a bathing suit, scuba-diving gear, or, for even less restriction, without any clothing at all.
Dr. Daniel Hiser earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College and spent years in private practice, during which he became worried about the sun damage plaguing so many of his patients. Along with a registered nurse and the clinic director, he decided to open a med spa that would nurture skin dealing with the effects of aging and overexposure to the sun. The trio?s brainchild, Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic, treats patients to medical services ranging from wrinkle-fighting Botox injections and smoothing laser hair removal to age-defying IPL photofacials and chemical peels.
The clinic also ventures into spa territory with gentler facial treatments, which employ green tea, antioxidants, and microdermabrasion to fight blemishes and restore a youthful glow to cheeks without installing light switches in them. Clients can continue nourishing their skin at home with skincare products from Obagi and Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic?s own label.
Led by medical director Dr. Ariel Cortes, owner and founder Gita Izadi and the rest of the medical team at Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center help people feel youthful and confident. Izadi opened the business in 2003 with that very goal in mind, drawing upon her more than 25 years of experience as a registered nurse. She started out with clinical services?ranging from Botox to advanced laser procedures?before adding an array of relaxing spa treatments to the lineup in 2009. Now, patients can schedule a fractional CO2 laser skin-resurfacing procedure to combat signs of aging and follow it up with a fragrant pumpkin-apple-spice facial or a soothing body scrub with mineral-rich sea salt.
The waiting area welcomes guests with a soft, pale-blue sofa next to an iridescent wall flanked by twin waterfalls. Patrons nosh on complimentary refreshments as they enjoy fragrant aromatherapy, while a centerpiece of elegant, white orchids provides a tasty snack for any visiting toucans.
Overseeing both Dermacare centers in San Diego and Carlsbad, medical director Dr. Jeff Birchall has made it his mission to make patients "look as good as they feel." A board-certified family physician known for his calm, easygoing personality, Dr. Birchall channels more than two decades of experience in the medical industry to helm a team of aestheticians and registered nurses working tirelessly to correct skin problems and fight signs of aging with minimally invasive treatments, including Botox and Juvéderm. Dr. Birchall injects all dermal fillers himself, a treatment he claims is his favorite due to its "quick, dramatic results" and ability to turn dried figs back into plums. Other popular services include Fraxel laser treatments or IPL photofacials that harness cosmic light to correct skin tone and texture, and Cutera laser hair-removal treatments that safely and permanently reduce unwanted fuzz for clients of all skin types.
As the city's Best Day Spa according to San Diego Union-Tribune readers, All About Me Medical Day Spa offers a multitude of treatments, many of which are performed by doctors and nurses. Guests can pamper their visages with refreshing facials or their whole bodies with tension-melting massages. More advanced treatments include platelet-rich-plasma therapy, in which the patient's blood is drawn, prepared, and injected into damaged tissue to aid in the area's function. Other high-tech procedures include laser hair-removal and laser rejuvenation, where skin is zapped with lasers to combat signs of aging, just like in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The clinic also helps clients with weight loss, drawing up HCG diet plans and injecting vitamin shots to improve energy and metabolism.
At New Body Image, wellness professionals help clients transform their bodies through non-surgical procedures. Professionals channel their experience and knowledge to design custom weight-loss programs that work to trim anatomical inches. The plans often combine nutritional advice with more advanced treatments, such as noninvasive laser lipolysis, which he highlighted on Fox's San Diego Living. The New Body Image team of technicians also specialize in aesthetic treatments including radio-frequency sessions that target wrinkles and vibration therapy that tones muscles while shaking loose hidden pennies.