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Published Tuesday Feb 18, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

The Best Spa Days in San Diego for Stress Relief (& All-Around Good Vibes) 

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Beauty
Motivation
Relaxation

While being in constant sunshine and warm waters might feel like a wellness treatment in and of itself, the way to really make those out-of-office days count is to treat yourself to one of San Diego’s best spas. Whether you’re in need of a calming facial, a deep tissue massage that hurts so good, or you want to try cupping for the first time, these are our favorite places in San Diego to work on your wellness.

San Diego in Pocket

Saffron & Sage 

Nestled on a cute little street corner in San Diego’s Little Italy, Saffron & Sage is the ultimate mind, body, and spirit lounge. A client-based holistic health club on a mission to heal their members by focusing on and treating the root causes of their ailments, the studio and spa operates on a membership, although don’t let that stop you from dropping in for the occasional class or treatment.  

Featured in Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes, what truly makes Saffron & Sage stand out is the knowledgeable experts for every facet of physical and mental wellness. In a free consultation, well-trained therapists will find the right treatment for you. Plus, their treatment rooms are much chicer than your standard dark, boring room. Picture plants galore and cool, white décor.  

What We Love: While it might feel like an emerging trend, sound healing isn’t new. Practiced in Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian cultures for centuries, west coast culture is drawing on that knowledge to incorporate sound therapy into workshops, yoga classes, and spa treatments. At Saffron & Sage, you won’t want to miss their Sound Therapy sessions. Utilizing bowls made of quartz crystal and precious stones, sound healing creates a relaxed atmosphere aligning the body and mind to the melodies, which raises vibrational frequency. Sound therapy can take on many forms such as singing bowlsbiofield tuning, or wind chimes.  

According to Cristin Smith, the founder of Saffron & Sage, sound therapy helps with “decreased stress, which is one of the most important aspects since the body cannot heal if it is in a state of stress.” So, instead of sitting that 5 pm traffic, book some sound healing – you’ll thank us later.  

Book a Class 

 

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Saffron & Sage 

Nestled on a cute little street corner in San Diego’s Little Italy, Saffron & Sage is the ultimate mind, body, and spirit lounge. A client-based holistic health club on a mission to heal their members by focusing on and treating the root causes of their ailments, the studio and spa operates on a membership, although don’t let that stop you from dropping in for the occasional class or treatment.  

Featured in Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes, what truly makes Saffron & Sage stand out is the knowledgeable experts for every facet of physical and mental wellness. In a free consultation, well-trained therapists will find the right treatment for you. Plus, their treatment rooms are much chicer than your standard dark, boring room. Picture plants galore and cool, white décor.  

What We Love: While it might feel like an emerging trend, sound healing isn’t new. Practiced in Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian cultures for centuries, west coast culture is drawing on that knowledge to incorporate sound therapy into workshops, yoga classes, and spa treatments. At Saffron & Sage, you won’t want to miss their Sound Therapy sessions. Utilizing bowls made of quartz crystal and precious stones, sound healing creates a relaxed atmosphere aligning the body and mind to the melodies, which raises vibrational frequency. Sound therapy can take on many forms such as singing bowlsbiofield tuning, or wind chimes.  

According to Cristin Smith, the founder of Saffron & Sage, sound therapy helps with “decreased stress, which is one of the most important aspects since the body cannot heal if it is in a state of stress.” So, instead of sitting that 5 pm traffic, book some sound healing – you’ll thank us later.  

Book a Class 

 

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Four Moons Spa  

A self-care gem in the beautiful beach town of Encinitas, Four Moons Spa is a modern healing SPAce offering everything from facials to massages and yoga classes. Radiating good energy and high vibrations, prioritize your well-being surrounded by worldly designs including bungalows and Balinese-style day beds. Book one of their 14 curated spa package options for some serious me-time, or treat that bride-to-be, or your mom – she deserves it.  

What We Love: We are obsessed with all the treatments at Four Moons, but The Mellow Moon spa package is our go-to self-care special. Treat yourself to a 60-minute massage and then another luxurious hour-long facial (upgrade to a CBD massage for optimal zen).  

If you want to focus more on your skin, we have our eyes on the Lymphatic Massage Facial. Get all the benefits and customization of a Four Moons facial with extra added Lymphatic drainage, which effectively carries away toxins, excess water, and smooths away stress and anxiety. You’ll leave the table with your face and skin looking younger and more vibrant.  

Find Your Zen 

 

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Four Moons Spa  

A self-care gem in the beautiful beach town of Encinitas, Four Moons Spa is a modern healing SPAce offering everything from facials to massages and yoga classes. Radiating good energy and high vibrations, prioritize your well-being surrounded by worldly designs including bungalows and Balinese-style day beds. Book one of their 14 curated spa package options for some serious me-time, or treat that bride-to-be, or your mom – she deserves it.  

What We Love: We are obsessed with all the treatments at Four Moons, but The Mellow Moon spa package is our go-to self-care special. Treat yourself to a 60-minute massage and then another luxurious hour-long facial (upgrade to a CBD massage for optimal zen).  

If you want to focus more on your skin, we have our eyes on the Lymphatic Massage Facial. Get all the benefits and customization of a Four Moons facial with extra added Lymphatic drainage, which effectively carries away toxins, excess water, and smooths away stress and anxiety. You’ll leave the table with your face and skin looking younger and more vibrant.  

Find Your Zen 

 

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Firefly Wellness  

For those searching for a city wellness escape versus an outdoor retreat, Firefly Wellness is your answer. Located in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego, this boutique spa has a tight-knit team of four massage therapists, a yoga instructor, three facialists, and an Ayurveda guide. What’s on the menu for treatments? While there’s no specific list of services – just customizable treatments – they also offer waxing, yoga, meditation classes, and even spa parties for birthdays, bridal showers, or just an extra relaxing Sunday with friends.  

What We Love: Every month, Firefly has a seasonal facial “flavor” that helps keep your skin glowing and feeling fresh. They kicked the year off with Arctic Cranberry as the January facial of the month. A wintery combo with arctic cranberry enzyme and seed oil that’s rich in fatty acids, they follow up this facial with the cooling sensation of peppermint in the Wintermint Hydrating Mask, loaded with antioxidants. Ahhh.  

Treat Yourself 

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Firefly Wellness  

For those searching for a city wellness escape versus an outdoor retreat, Firefly Wellness is your answer. Located in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego, this boutique spa has a tight-knit team of four massage therapists, a yoga instructor, three facialists, and an Ayurveda guide. What’s on the menu for treatments? While there’s no specific list of services – just customizable treatments – they also offer waxing, yoga, meditation classes, and even spa parties for birthdays, bridal showers, or just an extra relaxing Sunday with friends.  

What We Love: Every month, Firefly has a seasonal facial “flavor” that helps keep your skin glowing and feeling fresh. They kicked the year off with Arctic Cranberry as the January facial of the month. A wintery combo with arctic cranberry enzyme and seed oil that’s rich in fatty acids, they follow up this facial with the cooling sensation of peppermint in the Wintermint Hydrating Mask, loaded with antioxidants. Ahhh.  

Treat Yourself 

Girl on the Go! Night Spa  

Don’t be thrown off by this boutique spa’s downtown neighborhood – stepping into Girl on the Go!’s HQ, you’ll encounter a bright, gorgeous space where the décor is straight out of an influencer’s living room. While there are several spa treatments, massages, and facials, GoTG’s gem is that they are open until 10 pm on weekdays (6 pm on weekends), so you can drop-in after work and try out a new facial.  

What We Love: Created for busy women on the go, GotG isn’t the same experience as a hotel, but each session starts with a complimentary glass of champagne or tea. Spa treatments like facials, waxing, massages are done in comfortable private rooms, while any makeup services are given in the main area. Of those spa treatments, our favorite is Herbal Renewal.  

A 90-minute body treatment, the age-reversing antioxidants from acai, goji, pomegranate, and bilberry will leave your skin feeling fresh. Enjoy a gentle scrub while your therapist perfects your complexion with a mandarin orange body polish. Once you’re in a deep state of Zen, you’ll be coated in a coconut hydrating milk and cocooned in a warm blanket (we know, it sounds divine). While you drift off into a peaceful sleep, don’t forget about your luscious locks. The therapist will work a coconut and mandarin infused hair treatment into your scalp while giving you a deep neck and shoulder massage. Can we go like, now?  

Try a Facial 

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Girl on the Go! Night Spa  

Don’t be thrown off by this boutique spa’s downtown neighborhood – stepping into Girl on the Go!’s HQ, you’ll encounter a bright, gorgeous space where the décor is straight out of an influencer’s living room. While there are several spa treatments, massages, and facials, GoTG’s gem is that they are open until 10 pm on weekdays (6 pm on weekends), so you can drop-in after work and try out a new facial.  

What We Love: Created for busy women on the go, GotG isn’t the same experience as a hotel, but each session starts with a complimentary glass of champagne or tea. Spa treatments like facials, waxing, massages are done in comfortable private rooms, while any makeup services are given in the main area. Of those spa treatments, our favorite is Herbal Renewal.  

A 90-minute body treatment, the age-reversing antioxidants from acai, goji, pomegranate, and bilberry will leave your skin feeling fresh. Enjoy a gentle scrub while your therapist perfects your complexion with a mandarin orange body polish. Once you’re in a deep state of Zen, you’ll be coated in a coconut hydrating milk and cocooned in a warm blanket (we know, it sounds divine). While you drift off into a peaceful sleep, don’t forget about your luscious locks. The therapist will work a coconut and mandarin infused hair treatment into your scalp while giving you a deep neck and shoulder massage. Can we go like, now?  

Try a Facial 

ALCHEMĒ 

Hidden inside a renovated warehouse in the heart of Little Italy, ALCHEMĒ’s mantra is “rebellious health for vibrant living.” Combining integrative medicine with aesthetic beauty, this edgy spa helps clients maximize their inner and outer wellness. Take a shot at an improved you with the creatively titled Periodic Table of Vibrant Living – check out the Electric Child or the Booze Gypsy – or focus on outer beauty with Collagen Induction Therapy.  
 
What We Love: Wanna know the secret to gloriously glowing skin? ALCHEMĒ’s IV Nutrient Therapy. Whether you try out Energy Boosting or Collagen and Skin Support, these integrative treatments are all about enacting radical change to treat a variety of conditions. IV nutrient therapy allows for the administration of vitamins and minerals that can boost the immune system, improve sleep, decrease chronic pain, and kill viruses, bacteria, and even cancer cells. Creating custom IV’s using the highest quality vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and botanical and homeopathic medicines, take some time out of your schedule for a little boost at ALCHEMĒ.  
 
We know wellness retreats are trendy, but if jet setting out of the country isn’t currently an option, book a self-care, San Diego spa day instead. From edgy medical spas with new-wave vitamin shots to traditionally zen-inducing hot stone massages, download the Mindbody app to explore new ways to take care of you in America’s Finest City.  

Book a Treatment

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ALCHEMĒ 

Hidden inside a renovated warehouse in the heart of Little Italy, ALCHEMĒ’s mantra is “rebellious health for vibrant living.” Combining integrative medicine with aesthetic beauty, this edgy spa helps clients maximize their inner and outer wellness. Take a shot at an improved you with the creatively titled Periodic Table of Vibrant Living – check out the Electric Child or the Booze Gypsy – or focus on outer beauty with Collagen Induction Therapy.  
 
What We Love: Wanna know the secret to gloriously glowing skin? ALCHEMĒ’s IV Nutrient Therapy. Whether you try out Energy Boosting or Collagen and Skin Support, these integrative treatments are all about enacting radical change to treat a variety of conditions. IV nutrient therapy allows for the administration of vitamins and minerals that can boost the immune system, improve sleep, decrease chronic pain, and kill viruses, bacteria, and even cancer cells. Creating custom IV’s using the highest quality vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and botanical and homeopathic medicines, take some time out of your schedule for a little boost at ALCHEMĒ.  
 
We know wellness retreats are trendy, but if jet setting out of the country isn’t currently an option, book a self-care, San Diego spa day instead. From edgy medical spas with new-wave vitamin shots to traditionally zen-inducing hot stone massages, download the Mindbody app to explore new ways to take care of you in America’s Finest City.  

Book a Treatment

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Published Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Do We Expect from Beauty Salons Reopening Now?

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Salon
COVID-19

Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID. 
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.  

Here’s what you had to say... 


1.    You’re about 50/50 when it comes to heading back 
 


53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.  

2.    But if you are going back, you want the "normal" experience

While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.

3.    You aren’t quite comfortable with others in your home 


58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.

4.    You really appreciate your stylists

69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.

5.    Some of you are willing to take risks... 


But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”  


6.    Nail salons are a lot less trafficked 


Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).  


7.   We’ve all noticed (and embraced) the changes

Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...


chat bubbles with salon differences


It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them. 

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).