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The Spa Treatments We’re Signing up for Now in San Diego

By Ann Wycoff

Photo courtesy of Four Moons Spa


When it comes to spa treatments, San Diego can claim first-mover status on some of the most therapeutic, trendiest and—most importantly—best-feeling treatments out there. Here are just a few of our spring go-tos, and where to get them.

Alternative Sunshine Therapy

The sun delivers Vitamin D, which boosts the immune system, helps prevent osteoporosis, and acts as a key component in fighting various cancers, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. But believe it or not, despite San Diego’s 300-plus sunny days, an alarming number of locals have low levels of this important vitamin. For a luxurious dose of Vitamin D, try the Resurfacing Body Wrap at The Lodge at Torrey Pines spa. After a dry brush and glycolic gel exfoliation, the body is covered with VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir (created by local C-bad company Skin Authority) and wrapped snugly, so that healing D can be absorbed internally while you enjoy a scalp massage. Afterward, a light massage with olive, fig and shea butter leaves your skin velvety smooth. 80 minutes/$235, 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla

Best “Facial for your Scalp”

Notch up the bliss factor of your next facial or massage experience at Paradise Point Spa with a 25-minute, MoroccanOil Scalp Treatment. This Ayurvedic Shirodhara-style treatment (shiro means “head” and dhara means “flow”) calm the nervous system as warm, antioxidant-rich argan oil, infused with geranium and lavender, is rubbed into head, penetrating the hair follicles and skin. Scalp massage increases serotonin production to elevate your mood and enhances blood circulation, which stimulates hair growth. So you can relax, get happy and leave with lustrous locks. 25-min add-on/$45, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego

Spa-ing for a Cause

One of the world’s finest health and wellness retreats—Golden Door—sits right in our backyard in San Marcos. This Japanese-style holistic haven with lantern-lit wooden bridges, koi ponds, and bamboo forests, delivers transformative mind-body experiences ranging from sunrise yoga, mountainside Tai Chi, and meditative labyrinth walks, to haiku writing, farm fresh cooking classes and healing bodywork. Whether you try Thai massage, Watsu water therapy or Qi Flow Cupping, your body will be rejuvenated and your soul uplifted. Your time spent at this portal to inner peace also has a pay-it-forward, altruistic effect as 100% of the spa’s net profits go to philanthropic causes, several of which target child abuse and transform young lives. 7-day stay with private room $8,850, 777 Deer Springs Rd, San Marcos

Four Healing Hands

At the world-famous Chopra Center at Omni La Costa, their spa specializes in traditional ayurvedic therapies, designed to balance the systems of the body. For the ultimate healing experience, try their Odyssey Enlivening Therapy with two therapists focused on your body. The five-part Odyssey begins with a dry glove massage that stimulates the lymph and skin. Next, warm herbalized oil is spread across the skin, followed by the Abhyanga technique—friction strokes that penetrate the oil and release stored emotional and physical toxicity—followed by slower penetrating Vishesh strokes. The 70-minute experience concludes with Marma therapy, a light circular touch at specific energy points with aromatic oils, tailored to your specific constitution or dosha. Truly transformative, this healing experience is unlike anything else offered in San Diego. 70 min/$395

Best Close-to-Home Escape

Reflecting Leucadia’s progressive bohemian vibe, Four Moons Spa is a vortex of healing in a setting that feels like a faraway landscape. Sip tea on a day bed surrounded by succulents, tuck into a thatched bungalow for Sacred Alchemy (an integrated energetic healing session with two authentic therapists), meditate overlooking koi pond; meet with a certified medical naturopath, take a breathwork or bellydancing class, fall into alpha state during acupuncture, or see what the future holds during your astrology session. Heavenly organic facials, healing massage, and mani-pedis too. This place is legit. 775 N. Vulcan, Encinitas