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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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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 Tuesday Feb 23, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Unlocking Your Mindbody: How Not to Sabotage Your Wellness in 2021

Fitness
Personal Growth
Mental health
Wellness
Self-care

Well, here we are—a couple of months into 2021. A year that we all (still) hope will be much better than the last. This past year was nothing short of a dumpster fire—between the pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, and the most dramatic election ever, 2020 was riddled with anxiety, grief, anger, and was just downright exhausting.  

Heck—if somebody even dared to ask me how I was doing last year, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and say, “Omg I can’t even.”  I mean, what other year can you think of that became its own expression? When something would go horribly awry, we would literally blame it on the year by saying, “2020, am I right?” complete with a sheepish chuckle —and eventually some tears when you realized just how many times you’ve said those words. Seriously, I lost count a long time ago. It was not healthy. 

Sorry, tangent—where was I? Ah yes, 2021. The good news is there’s still hope that this year won’t make us want to roll into a tiny little ball on the floor and cry. Well, at least not as much as its predecessor—I’m not a miracle worker, you guys. However, I do have some wellness tips to help you stay just a little bit cooler, calmer, and collected-er this year. 

1. Lean into wellness.  

If there’s one thing we learned last year, it’s that wellness is always here for us. Maybe at this time last year, your goal of going to Pilates five days a week came to a screeching halt as fitness studios were required to shut down to protect the community. For a time, we were all frazzled because our usual workouts and wellness routines were turned upside practically overnight. I think I speak for us all when I say that our favorite fitness class, and the community that comes with it, plays a huge role in our overall happiness. The good news is the wellness industry has come a long way in just under a year.   

While it is true that some areas still aren’t allowing the in-studio experience for their workout classes due to the pandemic, we have more options to practice wellness safely than ever before. Right now, some studios are allowed to operate with in-person, socially distanced classes—and pretty much every studio broke into the virtual space to provide fitness classes you could participate in from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention, at-home virtual options are typically cheaper and allow you to try our studios from all over the country. With online gym memberships like Mindbody Flex, you can have access to thousands of live stream classes at your fingertips for less than $5 per class.

2. Focus on the positive.  

Look, 2020 was scary. After a year like that, it’s can be hard to tap into a positive mindset. But it’s more important now than ever before to let go of assumptions and focus on the good that 2021 can bring. This shift to acceptance will ultimately help you put your best foot forward in any situation that arises.  

Take a step back and try to focus on the things we can be grateful for in this moment. Like what? Well, for starters more and more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, which means things are slowly, but surely, getting back to normal. I, for one, am grateful that my at-risk family members have already received their first rounds of vaccinations and are on the path of staying healthy since they are protected from the coronavirus.   
  

3. Practice self-care. 

The best thing we can do right now for our mental health is to learn to give ourselves some grace through practicing self-care. And this can look different for everyone. Maybe your version of self-care comes in the form of daily journaling, getting a workout session in, curling up with a good book, or having that glass of wine while taking a bubble bath. Whatever makes YOU feel good—keep doing it.  

To keep my mental health in check, something that I’ve started incorporating into my daily self-care routine is practicing mindfulness. Some days that means I focus on my breathwork practice—other days I may scroll through the Mindbody app to find a virtual meditation class or Yoga Nidra class. I’ve also embraced the motto there’s an app for that. Right now, I’m really loving the Headway app because it helps me set daily intentions from the moment I wake up with a morning survey and then checks in with me at the end of the day with an evening survey. Having the ability to write down my goals and hold myself accountable for them has really taken my self-care routine to the next level. 

4. Focus on what you can control.  

Some days we fall a little short of our goals—and guess what? THAT’S OKAY. Honestly, I think we should all just focus on being okay for the rest of the year. The past year caused us to be tough on ourselves and I encourage you to make this year kinder. Any new goals you set that involve changing habits or overhauling your lifestyle will likely have some setbacks. So, when that happens, remember to be compassionate with yourself.  

If there’s anything I want you to take away from this blog post is to let go of the illusion that perfection is always the end goal. When in doubt I always remind myself of something my favorite spin instructor (hey Steph!) says: “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. Just focus on your growth.” Allow that to sink in and make it a goal to remind yourself of this every single day.

And remember: You don’t have to—and really shouldn’t—give up hope that things will get better this year, even if you feel overwhelmed now. Having a positive mindset is never a silly thing. In fact, it is actually quite admirable; you’re an admirable badass. 

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.