It's hard not to feel peaceful at The Chopra Center. The spiritual retreat's home at La Costa Resort & Spa surrounds guests with Spanish-style architecture, beautifully manicured grounds, gentle ocean breezes, and warm Southern California sunshine. It also helps visitors recharge their batteries through a combination of
yoga and meditation, Vedic counseling, mind-and-body detoxes, and Ayurvedic spa treatments. Many of these stress-soothing treatments are available in an online form for clients located around the world.
The center was founded by luminaries Dr. Deepak Chopra, who has written more than 80 books, including 22 New York Times bestsellers, and the late Dr. David Simon, a pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine who focused on integrating ancient healing techniques with modern Western medicine. Dr. Chopra still leads retreats and workshops that teach guests how to leave behind their everyday problems, such as distress that stems from working too much or never winning Jenga.
Certified hypnotherapist Lauren Grote draws on a background in psychology to help patients set and achieve goals. She consults with clients at the start of appointments, defining target issues such as anxiety, unwanted pounds, or an addiction to cigarettes. After coaxing them into a deeply relaxed state, she makes suggestions of empowerment and encouragement to be taken in by the subconscious mind. Patients can take home audio recordings of sessions to ponder over later or to play at a dance party.
Two and a half acres of California countryside sprawl before visitors at Heavenly Valley Retreat, setting the stage for the sublime relaxation sessions the team administers in the form of poolside and indoor massages and energy therapies. Counseling and nutrition services further unwind clients, ensuring each guest leaves free of emotional and physical tension.
For the staff at Cove Wellness, a day at the spa isn't just about relaxation. It's also about prevention. Without proper attention, bodily ailments and stress can snowball into something bigger, and so the spa's therapists have made it their goal to help clients bring bodies and spirits back into balance. Believing detoxification to be the most natural and direct way to promote wellness from within, their three-step Signature of La Jolla Detox treatment combines bioenergetic lymphatic therapy, colon hydrotherapy, and a lymphatic-detox footbath to rid clients of accumulated waste and recharge the immune systems. Cellulite-reduction therapy helps promote smoother contours by boosting lymphatic drainage, and acupuncture helps clear energy blockages and boost circulation, bringing possible relief to ailments such as migraines, insomnia, sciatica, and restless ankle syndrome.
The Hungry Heart aims to help clients lose weight and curb unhealthy eating habits with natural sessions spearheaded by certified clinical hypnotherapists and nutritional counselors. With the aid of one-on-one sessions held in person or over video chat as well as follow-up support programs, the experts arm clients with a healthier approach to food and the cerebral strength needed to mentally shrink their stomachs and reduce their appetites. The Hungry Heart recommends between 6 and 10 sessions for optimal results, which can include a reduction in emotional overeating, weight loss, and the resolve to look a hamburger in the eyes and walk away.
Citizen of the world Pieter Elsen was born and raised in The Netherlands, but his thirst for spiritual knowledge eventually took him to India, where he lived for more than a decade as a Vedic monk. Pieter's journey of self-discovery later led him to the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, where he earned a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and learned how to unlock the power of the subconscious mind. Today, he relies on hypnosis to help his clients overcome fears, kick bad habits, and beat all of their friends in staring contests.