Relaxation, like a poisonous snake or a business negotiation with a guy holding a bunch of poisonous snakes, is best handled by an expert. Today’s Groupon enlists the peacefulness pros: for $35, you get a Director package at Karma Relaxation Spa (a $75 value). The Director package includes:
- 30-minute clothes-on body massage
- 30-minute clothes-on reflexology session
- 15-minute ionic body detoxification
- Paraffin-wax treatment for feet
Pregnant women are welcome to enjoy this package for an additional $10, which covers the prenatal massage technique.
Resplendent in golden tones and East Asian accents, Karma Relaxation Spa is a luxurious place to indulge in massage packages that pamper the body from torso to toe. The Director package starts off with a half-hour clothes-on massage, tenderizing backs and blouses alike without the use of fabric softener or sledgehammers. Reflexology draws on the Eastern notion that bodily woes are writ small upon the hands and feet and can therefore be alleviated through manipulation thereof, and the ionic body detox aims to leach away miasmata by dipping feet in a bath imbued with an alternating ionic current. Finally, a paraffin-wax treatment for the feet ensconces little piggies in warm wax, leaving them soft and moisturized. The spa is open until 11 p.m. so that clients can stop by even if their only mode of transportation is a lunar-powered scooter.
Karma Relaxation Spa
Instead of a bar and a jukebox, Karma Relaxation Spa has East Asian art and plush beds between gold and red walls. But, it still has that after-work panacea known as happy hour—from 6 to 7 on weekdays, guests can pay $20 for 25 minutes of a soothing service. Available treatments range from a scalp and neck massage to a paraffin treatment with a facial mask, and they even come with a champagne-based beverage.
Outside of that slice of time, the spa still sets muscles at ease with several types of massages. Therapists utilize Swedish, deep-tissue, and Thai kneading techniques in addition to acupressure work, hot oil, and hot stones. They also combine several treatments into packages named after important titles. The President, for example, includes a massage, ionic detox, fruit skin-conditioner, Vichy shower, and time in the sauna, with or without headphones that only blast the national anthem.
3969 1st Avenue
San Diego, California 92103