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In Scott Crawford's world, fitness is everything. First drawn to the importance of healthy living during a soccer career that would see him play professionally, Scott's interest initially centered on staying fit enough to take the pitch. However, he also found himself intrigued by the psychological side of wellness. This curiosity led him to earn degrees in psychology and study in Ph.D. programs for somatic and sports psychology. Along the way, he never neglected his physical side; after his playing career ended, he earned a slew of training certifications. Soon, he held licenses in personal training, bodywork, and yoga from governing bodies ranging from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Stott Pilates to The Body Therapy Institute the White Lotus Foundation.

After cutting his teeth as a trainer at exclusive clubs and resorts throughout Texas and California, Scott finally blended his twin interests, founding SOMA Get Fit in 2007. There, he earned renown by devising custom-tailored wellness programs that combine goal-specific training with a holistic blend of mental-wellness counseling, Pilates, yoga, and nutrition education. Depending on his initial consultations, clients might sweat through adventurous sessions of beach and mountain training, ramble across forest paths on mountain bikes, or work their way through overnight retreats. This all-encompassing approach earned him a star-studded client list; past participants in his sessions include Calvin Klein, Michael Jordan, and Katy Perry. The press caught wind of his work, too, with glowing reviews appearing in the pages of Marie Claire, Sunset, and the Hollywood Reporter.

Now working with the Montecito Aesthetic Institute, Scott delivers his signature massages and bodywork treatments to clients within the center's tranquil modern treatment rooms.

1150 Coast Village Rd
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

When a year of physical therapy failed to heal the neck injury Jonathan Mates sustained during a rugby match, he turned to acupuncture. Like 2,500 years worth of patients before him, Mates found that acupuncture swiftly relieved his symptoms.

Inspired, he enrolled at Five Branches University, an academy of Chinese medicine where he specialized in pain management and sports medicine. Even after graduating at the top of his class, however, Mates didn’t feel his education was complete. So he built a raft out of acupuncture needles and sailed to China, where he studied with acupuncturists and physicians. Upon returning to the United States, Mates spent more than 300 hours in orthopedics training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Today, Mates' specialties also include rotator-cuff injuries, neck injuries, and sciatica pain. These are part of a wide breadth of clinic services, including holistic-healing treatments such as cupping, herbal medicine, and massage.

829 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

At her eponymous spa, skincare expert Colleen Elizabeth takes a holistic approach to beauty, favoring long-term solutions over one-time treatments. Her recommendations during a complimentary consultation can range from minor changes to an at-home skincare regimen to a series of medical-grade services at the spa. Either way, clients will be in good hands. Colleen Elizabeth personally selects all of her spa's skincare products from top-quality lines such as GloMinerals and Ayur-Medic, and many others are custom-made, like the stamps doctors use to give each newborn baby its fingerprints. In-spa services include advanced treatments such as electrotherapy facials and full-body chemical peels, as well as standard facials, plus makeup, waxing, and massages.

38 S La Cumbre Rd.
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

While alchemists never managed to transmute lead into gold, Geneva De la Rouge may be considered a modern alchemist. She uses her knowledge of the aesthetic elements?essential oils, nutrient-rich clay, and other natural ingredients?to transform skin from looking timeworn to youthful. Geneva customizes her elixirs to suit a wide range of skin types, which she differentiates by using the five elements of Chinese medicine as a guide. For each of these elements, such as fire?which is responsible for blotchy red skin?Geneva employs the elemental opposite, balancing dry skin with moisture, sallow skin with nutrients, and irritated skin with a fire extinguisher.

1814 Robbins Street
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Signature Service: Collagen induction therapy

Brands Used: Boutique products made in the USA

Established: 2002

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Minimum Age Requirement: 18

Pro Tip: Arrive on time and be in the mood to relax.

Q&A with the Owner / Esthetician

What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?

We offer a select menu of treatments that have given us a reputation in Santa Barbara as the place to go for eyelash extensions, facial exercise lessons, and collagen induction therapy. Clients love our treatments because they are all-natural alternatives to facelifts, fillers, and Botox.

Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?

Beauty is on the inside and on the outside. We believe that our clients are beautiful on the inside already, and it is our job to let that beauty shine through to the outside in the most natural way possible.

3530 State Street
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

A few years ago, Marcus and Eva Kettles fell in love at first sight. Not with each other?they were already married?but with an SPX workout they experienced at a friend's studio. Marcus, a Pilates master student, and Eva, a Megaformer trainer, were drawn to how SPX was rooted in Pilates but also introduced new elements. In addition to the toning and flexibility you get from Pilates exercises, SPX's 40-minute circuit-style workouts incorporate strength and cardio training.

Though SPX is at the core of Fit Buddha's philosophy, it's not all the studio offers. Options include indoor cycling classes with Schwinn AC performance bikes and a wellness center with an infrared sauna. The detoxifying sauna can help the body recuperate from workouts with heat designed to ease pain and muscle tension, cleanse the skin and organs, and erase memories of the guy who may or may not have smoked you in class today.

330 State St.
Santa Barbara,
CA
US