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.
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.
Dermacare owner Jeff Birchall, MD and his staff of friendly nurses and medical aestheticians wield a color-blind Cutera laser to permanently remove hair from most skin types. As the pulse of light zaps each unwanted strand at the root, a CoolGlide hand piece soothes skin with lowered temperatures and whispered recaps of professional golf tournaments. Some patients report a mild pinching or stinging sensation, though no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, and after the treatment, skin may be slightly red and swollen. Most areas require at least five treatments to fully banish hair, depending on its thickness, stage in the growth cycle, and favorite Addams Family character.
Like a master chef, Isabela O’Meara obsesses over ingredients. Unlike a master chef, however, she isn't focused on making fancy dinners for her pets. Instead, she strives to provide her clients at Isabela Skincare with natural skincare services that won't irritate their skin. With that in mind, she has adopted products from high-quality brands, such as SkinCeuticals, PCA Skin, and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Her research has even led her to launch her own skincare line. All in all, the products amplify the beautifying powers of O'Meara's waxing treatments, peels, and facials, including her signature Do It All facial, which combines oxygen therapy, microdermabrasion, and a glycolic peel. Those looking to achieve a smooth, beach-ready look can book a Brazilian wax and attain flawless swimsuit-status.
Football fans owe a thank-you to Dr. Farzad Yaghouti. The doctor's LASIK expertise made it possible for linebacker Shaun Phillips to achieve 20/15 vision, energizing the athlete’s NFL career for the foreseeable future. Dr. Yaghouti, Global Laser Vision's medical director, has performed more than 60,000 LASIK operations and lectured on the procedure at national conferences and on Fox 6 News’s San Diego Living.
The doctors at Global Laser Vision meet with patients for preliminary exams during which they discuss the pros and cons of treatments and perform numerous tests and measurements. Global Laser Vision also works to treat cataracts, and removes growths from eyes using surgical methods far more effective than simply blinking really fast.
Under the guidance of a master aesthetician, the staff of Lash Beautique unearths both stubborn impurities and everyday tension through its slate of skin treatments. The menu features classic facials and pumpkin peels to forge radiant faces, and licensed estheticians can also accent freshly cleansed complexions with facial waxing and custom lash extensions. Located between 30th Street and Ray Street in North Park, Lash Beautique provides clients of both sexes with the education they'll need to maintain their visages at home.
Stiff necks, sore shoulders, and achy backs melt into a relaxed state during customized massages at Holistic Health & Massage. Clients can request gliding Swedish stokes, hot stones, reflexology practices, or the increased pressure of a deep-tissue massage to coax muscles out of tight knots. Alternatively, a therapist’s choice massage unfurls any techniques of the therapist’s choosing, including massaging bodies with use of aromatherapy or the client’s own hands.