Like a professor knowledgeable on tulip mania, alien black oil, and a myriad of seemingly esoteric subjects, Massage Envy's certified body therapists ably converse with the gamut of muscle ailments. They'll unravel tense coils of accumulated inner stress through a perfectly catered treatment for individual clients' needs. Swedish massages offer gentle rubbing for muscular soothing and improved circulation, whereas reflexology focuses on a patient's crawling paddles, delivering relief to hands and feet to extend goodwill throughout the entire body. A prenatal massage is ideal for expecting mothers who could use a little relief from carrying another person inside them, and a sports massage provides tension relief and injury prevention for an athlete's body.
In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
Although Dr. Kenneth Brinegar’s hands can tell much about a patient’s bones and muscles during an exam, they can't see everything. Fortunately, he’s also a licensed radiology supervisor and can snap spinal x-rays to pinpoint where he suspects a subluxation lives. Together with Dr. Janis R. Prout and a staff of massage therapists, the team discharges internal troublemakers with adjustments and physiotherapy to alleviate pain and help bodies revert to their harmonious default setting.
Allure Bodyworks' certified massage therapists evict bothersome aches by tailoring four types of full-body massage to the distinct needs of their clients. Each personalized kneadfest aims to shed inner toxins, thereby elevating energy levels, ousting chronic pains, and making exes second-guess their decision to date only toxic avengers. The studio furthers client comfort by accentuating each appointment with soothing music, soft lighting, and comfortable massage tables swathed in crisp sheets and blankets. The massage suites are also outfitted with safe spaces to store wallets, phones, and other personal effects to ensure an anxiety-free session.
Hair thin and metallic, the needles at AB Acupuncture don’t seem like they would pack much punch. But in the right hands—an acupuncturist's—they gently wash away pain. The hefty list of ailments acupuncture helps includes knee pain, headaches, nausea, peptic ulcers, and allergies. The specialists also alleviate aches and tension with Thai, tui na, and lymphatic-drainage massages and episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
At Spa 33, each staff member plays a specific role in the spa’s healing and beautifying disciplines, from custom massages to aesthetics and makeup application. Clients in need of a massage can match their needs with one of four massage therapists, all of whom are identified on the website by their general degree of massage pressure on a scale of 1–10. Using this scale, clients can seek out a therapist who can offer a gliding, gentle massage or one who breaks up muscle knots and tendons in mid-clash. In addition to massages, complexion-beautifying spa services draw from ingredients known to have healing properties, such as pumpkin and European roses. The spa offers extended hours on Thursday and Friday, and appointments can be booked online.
Salon Serene owner Serena Seaton boasts 18 years of hairstyling experience and helms a staff consisting of an aesthetician, massage therapist, manicurist, and several hairstylists. The team offers a full menu of hair services, including Featherlocks extensions and haircuts for women, men, and children. Along with hair services, the salon professionals perform facials, nailcare, and massage therapy; their hair-removal services implement gentle techniques instead of attempting to duct-tape customers to a ceiling to extract unwanted hair from its roots.