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.
The staff of JenniferAnn Spa & Wellness Center have devised a holistic service menu that aims to address physical, emotional, and spiritual woes. This mission is most prevalent in the selection of massages—in this single menu, one may find craniosacral treatments that calm the nervous system and spiritual healing sessions that guide the soul alongside classic Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Natural therapies and assorted vowels sprout up throughout the menu as well, including pumpkin and sugar cane peels that estheticians use to harvest fresh complexions. In the salon, stylists straighten unruly texture with natural keratin treatments or build curl with organic perms.
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.
Catering to the wellbeing of soon-to-be or new mothers is the top priority at Rebirth Maya Massage, which offers everything from doula services to pre- and post-natal massages. The soothing massages can help reduce sciatic pain and promote restful sleep, or help restore and contour the body after pregnancy. Cleansing steam baths, cupping treatments, and abdominal therapies based on ancient Mayan medicine also enhance ladies' wellness.
For those with sore muscles, spotty skin, achy joints, or weary spirits, a treatment at Spa & Etc. might be just the ticket for a much-needed boost. Here, licensed massage therapists and aestheticians have a myriad of services to help?hot-stone massages play a one-two punch on stress and soreness, and reflexology treatments rebalance out-of-whack energy levels. There's also salt body scrubs, multivitamin hand repairs, and infrared sauna sessions, which come with detox oil wraps that help rid the body of toxins.
As these treatments rejuvenate the body, facials such as the Dermalogica skin treatments restore the skin to its radiant glow with masques, toners, and double cleansing, expelling every last pore-blocking subatomic particle.
At A Better Body Salon and Day Spa, the staff wants to offer customers a tranquil escape, where relaxation is the goal. They offer salon treatments and spa packages that help clients leave their real-world issues at the door and succumb to indulgent champagne massages, body scrubs, and beauty treatments. A Better Body has been in business since 1993, but its staff continuously keeps apace of modern techniques and the latest trends to provide clients with the best treatments possible.
On the salon side, hairstylists craft flattering cuts for both men and women. Add-ons such as scalp and neck massages turn an everyday haircut into a full-on pampering experience. With deluxe spa packages, meanwhile, customers enjoy Swedish massage kneads while sipping champagne, allowing them to feel like royalty without the hassle of coordinating fantasy joust leagues.