The physical rejuvenation fairy has come to San Diego and will be staying until the airline locates its luggage. Today's Groupon invites you to pick any of nine deluxe treatment packages from BriteSmile for $185 (an up to $1,197 value). On top of personal beautifying of your already-beautiful features, 10% of all BriteSmile proceeds will go to charity. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
In one room, skincare specialists swath bodies in an all-natural seaweed gel, sprinkle on a potpourri of nourishing herbs, and let infrared heat draw out their toning and detoxifying qualities. In another, acupuncturists realign clients' chi and fine-tune their physical and emotional fields. And behind any door, massage therapists may be kneading tense muscles, chiropractors may be adjusting injured backs, or aestheticians may be resurfacing complexions to a radiant glow with oxygen facials.
A staff of professionals from many areas of expertise come together under the roof and stress-zapping force field of Balance the Clinic, where they work together to bolster physical and emotional health with natural remedies and clinically tested treatments. In addition to consulting with any of these staff members, guests also can retreat into the privacy of an infrared sauna. From a private changing room, individuals or couples step into a hypoallergenic, odor-free basswood chamber equipped with a sound system that sets the sauna gently vibrating in time with relaxing music.
The color of the Golden Gate Bridge is known as International Orange, a hue that was specifically chosen for its ability to complement San Francisco’s famed skyline. It’s this harmonic choice that Melissa Ferst, Amy Darland, and Kary Chendo had in mind when naming their own spa, which melds the beautifying elements of a day spa with the holistic benefits of a yoga studio. On the spa end, licensed estheticians restore skin’s beauty with organic products and such revered skincare lines as Skinceuticals and Arcona. Whether clients choose to undergo an enzyme boost, facial, or one of six types of relaxing massages, the staff recommends they spend some time unwinding before or after treatments with a steam or visit to their lounge or sundeck. Inside the yoga studio, instructors help students of all levels improve their flexibility and build muscle through Vinyasa and restorative yoga classes. The classes take place in an airy studio that features large windows, tall ceilings, and gleaming wood floors.
Despite the sincerest efforts of herbologists everywhere, mani-pedis still do not grow on trees, only vines. For $45, today's side deal gets you a vine-ripened and moisturizing mani-pedi ($30 value)—plus a bed tanning session ($20) and $45 toward waxing—at San Francisco Sun in Cole Valley, for a total value of $95.
Bath time at Kabuki Springs & Spa isn’t your typical suds session. It’s a peaceful, communal bathing ritual that combines hot and cold pools, individual Japanese-seated showers, and a sauna. Sea salts, chilled face cloths, and teas make the experience even more refreshing and invigorating, and a full-time bathing attendant is also on-hand to answer any questions and keep an eye out for rip currents. Along with its communal baths, the spa houses more than 50 massage therapists proficient in everything from Swedish and shiatsu massages, to deep pressure or craniosacral work, to Reiki. Traditional spa services include body polishes that set skin aglow with aromatic salts, and organic facials that brighten complexions with lymphatic massage and toning buckwheat masks.
Mixing beauty and business comes as naturally to Trang Warden as it does to any dealer of fine art. Her father was a man of great entrepreneurial spirit, and her mother was the owner of a San Francisco salon, giving Trang the seeds of two complementary passions. After earning her business degree and gaining a job at a Fortune 500 company, she still worked weekends at a spa with her sister, honing a talent she’d discovered with a part-time manicurist position at age 17. Today, she continues to blend commerce with cosmetic savvy—though now in one place: Zen Day Spa.
At the wheel of her beauty haven, Trang pampers hands, feet, and faces with an extensive treatment menu that relies on botanically sourced products from brands such as Epicuren, Murad, and Yonka-Paris. Tropical scents waft from mani-pedi stations, where toes soak in a signature jelly bath sprinkled with rose petals and nail technicians massage limbs with a papaya-pineapple scrub. Other body therapies incorporate volcanic clay and propolis mined from plants and flowers by bees wearing hardhats in Brazilian rainforests.