A Signature Spa provides a soothing boutique setting for pampering, beautification, and evading warrant-toting posses. Each Stress Melt Away package begins by treating pool propellers to a hot stone foot soak with eucalyptus while their owners knock back a complimentary beverage and light snack. Next, a potent combo of steam room and infrared sauna detoxes the body of such common poisons as poison, while a Swiss shower cleanses the corpus in a neutral, conflict-eluding locale. An application of cocoa-butter body moisturizer turns your dry skin's desert into a skin dessert, giving it the smoothness and sweet flavor of a relaxed, spreadable concoction that pairs well with toasted bread. A Signature Spa's technicians will then get the cranium tingling with the sweet smells of a peppermint scalp massage. The entire two-hour relaxathon wraps up with a 50-minute full-body massage that leaves you feeling as loose and limber as a spider monkey after yoga class.
The Pacific Ocean not only provides a stunning backdrop for Bistro 1111 at Hyatt Santa Barbara—the bistro’s windows overlook the bright blue ocean—but also supplies the eatery with many of its ingredients. California halibut and Santa Barbara spot prawns compete for attention with local sea bass and Pacific crab cakes. The fresh seafood, made from recipes sealed into glass bottles, pairs with local produce to create dishes such as the Pacific crab cakes with avocado relish and red-beet microgreens or the surf ’n’ turf, a 7-ounce petite filet plus a prawn-and-scallop skewer that’s accompanied by wilted spinach, a mushroom salad, and marble potatoes.
At Zen Massage Place, the massage therapists erase stress with soothing massage treatments. Herbs, sea salt, or flowers enhance foot soaks before foot reflexology treatments; likewise, thai hot herbal balls or hot stones are employed during full-body massages. Other options include deep-tissue, Shiatsu, or Swedish massage techniques, as well as relaxing treatments that include a rain shower and body scrub for soft skin.
The staff at The Slim Co of Santa Barbara use a non-invasive Body Light system for patients' body-contouring needs. Using gentle LED lasers, the treatment helps dispel stubborn inches from common target areas, such as the midsection and thighs, while clients relax to music or nature sounds.
Since 1985, the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute has offered holistic massage education courses that focus on movement, breath, and deep relaxation. The institute features four vocational tracks: massage practitioner, massage therapist, holistic health practitioner, and medical qigong, which centers on traditional Chinese medicine. Most courses, taught by experienced instructors, meet two to four times weekly and include hands-on practice inside the clinic, as well as instructor observation and grades based on how contentedly the client sighs. The institute also schedules its own Reflexology, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages.