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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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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

client getting a massage
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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client getting a massage
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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Arch outside of a rustic building
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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Arch outside of a rustic building
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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Spa client getting a facial
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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Spa client getting a facial
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 

stones on client's back
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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stones on client's back
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 

Spa front desk and wellness bar
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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Spa front desk and wellness bar
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.  

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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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Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
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Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar