The burden of aches and pains makes it impossible for humans to run as fast as cheetahs, which is why the human diet is virtually devoid of gazelle meat. Keep fast food from getting away with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get $125 worth of spa services at Balensi’s Institute Skin Care & Spa in Chula Vista.
The licensed aestheticians at Balensi’s gently wash away anxiety and refresh fading facades with soothing skin treatments and stress-melting massages. Choose from a range of spa services, including enzyme peels, which employ extracts from fruits such as cherry, mango, and apple to rejuvenate skin damaged by sun exposure, acne, and pickled-pepper food fights ($85–$90). Reward your face for a solitaire hand well concealed with a European facial, which gently massages the visage, neck, and shoulders with a cream matched to individual skin type and softens rough-and-tumble countenances with a Swiss-formula mask ($85).
Torsos envious of their upstairs neighbors will tingle with glee under the gliding touch of a Swedish massage ($75) and will smile from pec to pec during the muscle-relaxing hot stone therapy ($85).
Spa services at Balensi’s are held in a quaint cottage built in 1910 and remodeled with French-Mediterranean accents. The feng-shui-filled facility incorporates honey-hued treatment rooms, sun-splashed patio space, and a lush, gremlin-free garden.
Balensi's Institute Skin Care & Spa
Featured at two star-studded award ceremonies in 2011, Balensi's Institute Skin Care & Spa makes everyday clients feel like VIPs with luxurious spa services. Guest pass by a water fountain and tropical plants as they enter a cozy, renovated bungalow that dates back to 1910, the same year that the Great Sphinx had her first microdermabrasion. Medical aesthetician Lorena Balensi performs most treatments—from facials to enzyme peels—with pharmaceutical-grade products. For more than 10 years, certified medical assistant Jean-Michel Balensi has applied principles of color theory, facial geometry, design/application, skin health and wound healing, anatomy and physiology to all aspects of his craft, servicing more than 3,000 clients. Applied one by one, his ocular artistry of eyelash extensions give eyelids the volume and length to attract compliments or entire butterfly colonies. Massage therapies include relaxing and healing modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, stone, pre-natel, and sports massage. Garden fountains perform a liquid symphony for patrons who relax at a shaded outdoor patio.