When life gets harried, we ask our bodies to carry the load. At Essential Rituals, clients come in to pamper their long-suffering frames with a host of restorative body services. Massage therapists relieve stress with custom massages. Aestheticians use SunFX spray-tanning equipment to cloak the skin with all-natural color. They erase signs of age with microdermabrasion, whiten teeth, and jump-start the metabolism with infrared body wraps. The Essential Rituals crew also offers whole body vibration treatments to help strengthen stabilizing muscles, aid injury recovery, and mix up recently purchased buckets of paint.
Looking to start a business in order to provide exactly the brand of relaxation she was after, Christine McDannell founded Eco Chateau Mission Valley. The spa is designed from the ground up to promote sustainable, environmentally conscious practices that she valued, while still providing luxurious pampering. Her wide-ranging service selection covers any sort of wellness need, from massages to fresh-pressed juice cleanse to organic facials. The success of the Mission Valley location spurred the opening of a second location, Eco Chateau Sorrento Valley.
The fixtures use power sparingly, emitting a low pleasant light throughout the solar-powered chateau, which uses solar energy for roughly 80% of the power throughout the Chateau.The walls and floors themselves feature recycled, reclaimed, and energy efficient materials, right down to the bamboo floor boards saved from the dessert bar of a panda buffet. She reflects this commitment to nature in the spa's services by using cruelty-free products, most of which are organic and locally sourced whenever possible.
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.
Given Salon Sol's name, the space is fittingly illuminated with natural light from from large front windows. A warm shade of yellow also covers the salon's walls and cabinetry. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists renovate tresses with hair treatments aided by products from Bosley, Pureology, Enjoy, American Crew, and Moroccanoil. The salon also offers invigorating facials, which penetrate deep into pores to rid the skin of dirt and grime, along with waxing and threading. In addition, Salon Sol pampers guests with mani-pedis, each of which come with a complimentary reflexology treatment.
An undeniable expert in the filed of phlebology, Dr. O’Byrne has spent nearly two decades honing her ability to treat large and painful varicose veins, even sharing her knowledge with the world during an episode of The Doctors. Luckily, local clients can see the doctor in person at her own practice, The Vein Clinic. Depending on the condition of a patient’s veins, Dr. O’Byrne can prescribe any number of treatments following the initial consultation. In some situations, she can even perform the first steps the same day.
Though veins are the focus of The Vein Clinic, licensed aesthetician Amanda Nichol is also available to administer a variety of skin-rejuvenating treatments. Microdermabrasion, pumpkin peels, and vitamin-packed facials are just the tip of the iceberg of Amanda's abilities. The specialist can also help reverse and slow the signs of aging with Fractora Firm and Fractora Plus. Each treatment lifts and tightens sagging skin without a single scalpel, suture, or piece of duct tape.