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.
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, while 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 hot-stone Envy massage transforms massage hands into warm-rock fingers that heat pain into a gaseous vapor that exits the body and eventually becomes cleanly filtered rain.
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.
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.
The second her clients walk through the door, Ana strives to give them the most relaxing experience possible by delivering meticulously preformed nail services with a personal and friendly approach. Her manicures and pedicures are executed with some of the industry's most popular products, such as OPI nail polish and CND Shellac's long-wearing gel-formula lacquer. Patrons on the go can beautify their tips with Ana's basic mani-pedi, which includes nail shaping, a light massage, and polish. More leisurely clients or retired vacuum salesmen can indulge in a more extravagant treatment, such as hot-stone massage therapy, a moisturizing foot mask, or a refreshing scrub.
At Love Your Skin By Hope, aesthetician Hope Acuna personalizes each skincare service with carefully selected products. Pretreatment consultations help Hope to tailor cleansing facials to each individual's skin type, and a complimentary patch test checks for allergies to looking pretty before every chemical peel.