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830 25th Street, Suite 103
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619.269.3693

San Diego spa specializing in organic skincare, massage, body treatments, waxing, airbrush tanning, and event make-up.

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Gifts Every Mother Will Love!

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Mother's Day is just around the corner and we have the perfect gift for that special lady in your life!

Mother's Day Gift Certificate Special

Now through May 8, receive an extra $10 voucher for each $75 gift certificate you buy, and receive a $50 voucher when you buy $250 or more!* Click here to purchase a gift certificate online now.

Mother's Day Spa Special

60min Grounded Facial + 60min Massage: $136 | Save 15%!
Click here to book now.

Mamas-To-Be can upgrade to a prenatal massage for $10 more.

*Each $10/50 voucher must be used in one purchase - no credits or cash back are allowed. $10/50 vouchers can only be used towards spa services - no retail purchases. $10/50 vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.

The Holiday Event Schedule is Up!

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Our Holiday Pop-Up party is this weekend, and we're super excited about the amazing health and wellness experts, and retail vendors, who will be joining us. Check out the schedule below so you won't miss any of the action! And be sure to stop by the Girl on the Go! booth for complimentary chair massage and skin consultations, plus enter our raffle for your chance to win lots of great spa-related products!

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Keep It Golden | Holiday Pop-Up Party Event Schedule

10:30a | De-Stress Stretching with Massage Therapist, Tim Brennan

11:00a | Holiday Detox with Nutritionist, Emily Rose Gurgon

11:30a | Music with Dominic Cordello

12:00p | Fermentation 101 + Food Demo with Leah Scherotter of The Good Life

12:30a | Music with Dominic Cordello

1:00p | Winter Skin Remedies + DIY Treatments with Esthetician, Dana Gray

3:00p | Event Ends

Click here for complete event details!

Surviving the Holiday Bloat

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While we're not encouraging you to overdo it with the sweets, bubbly, and bloat-inducing foods over the next several weeks, let's be real - it's going to happen! Who can resist the office candy bowl, the endless assortment of finger foods at holiday parties, and adult egg nog?! If ever there was a time to be indulging, it's definitely during the holidays. Unfortunately, if you're like most of us, this also means a gassy, bloated belly that's begging for some r&r.

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Luckily there is hope! Join Leah Scherotter of The Good Life at this weekend's Holiday Pop-Up Event as she leads a Fermentation workshop that will teach you ways to reduce the negative side effects of the holiday season. Learn how to strengthen your gut with simple recipes and easy to incorporate, daily routines. She'll even be incorporating a food demo to show you step-by-step how to make belly-happy food.
Before and after Leah's workshop, be sure to check out her retail booth where she'll be selling her newest line of super cute tanks and bags, along with carefully curated assortment of the best in clean cosmetics, skincare and lifestyle products.

Click here for complete event details!

Fall Pumpkin Facial Treatment

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The days are shorter, the weather is cooling off, and it’s finally beginning to feel like fall. We can see the changes all around us. It's now cool enough to wear scarves and boots, and snuggle up to your sweetie under a blanket. The typical fall leaf colors are all around, there are crisp fall apples in Julian, cool fall breezes, and Pumpkin everything! Pumpkin Lattes, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Scones, Pumpkin bread and our amazing Fall Pumpkin Facial treatment.
Now that we’re all starting to wear sweaters and scarves you may be noticing the lasting effects of the summer damage on your skin, soaking in the San Diego sun. And on top of that we have been having a very unseasonably erratic fall. Because of all these ups and downs in the weather your skin may be freaking out.
Well not to worry! We have the solution - our Fall Pumpkin Facial is an advanced treatment perfect for aging, damaged, and acne or hyper-pigmented skin. This Facial is available for a limited time, from now through December, while product supplies last.
The pumpkin peel in this facial is stimulating and anti aging, and it utilizes enzymes that mimic our own DNA cells. This facial also uses a Vitamin C Enzymatic lifting mask, Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic Acid.
The Vitamin C Enzymatic lifting mask is hydrating, while gently exfoliating the buildup of dull, dry skin. Nourishing Vitamin C promotes healthier, more radiant youthful skin.
 This treatment has a lot of power to give you quick, but lasting results. Walk out with your skin feeling clean, fresh, bright and lifted!
This limited time treatment is 60 minutes and costs $100. Call the Girl on the Go - 619.269.3693 - or book online by clicking here, to request the Fall Pumpkin Facial today!

Treat Yourself to a Massage!

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Our NEW MASSAGE CLIENT SPECIAL is still happening, now through October 15. If you haven't experienced a massage at Girl on the Go, now is your chance to save $10 off any of our fantastic massage services. You'll only be paying $1 per minute for a 60 or 90 minute massage, and less than $1 for a 2 hour treatment!

Click here to read more about the different massage modalities that we offer at Girl on the Go, and be sure to watch the video below for a great stretch to supplement your massage therapy treatments, courtesy of our massage therapist, Steven.


Welcome Tim to the GOTG MassageTeam

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We're excited to welcome another amazing massage therapist to the Girl on the Go! Night Spa team - Tim Brennan.
Tim has been working as a Certified Massage Therapist for one year, and as a “working” student for two.  He decided to pursue a career in massage after he went through his second Structural Integration (“Rolfing”) 10 series. From there, he decided to study massage at the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, where he eventually became a certified massage therapist.

 

A  few personal fun facts about Tim....he grew up in Pennsylvania, he is a Second Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, and in his personal time, enjoys camping and rock climbing.

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Now through October 15, all new massage clients receive $10 off every massage we offer!

Simply mentioned "new client special" at the time of your booking.

Click here to book an appointment today!

                           

New Client Massage Special

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Now is the perfect time to experience a massage at Girl on the Go. Now through October 15, all first time clients receive $10 off any massage service Monday-Friday.
We provide a variety of custom therapeutic massage sessions to reduce stress, relieve muscular tension, and enhance body awareness. Utilizing an intuitive blend of both Western and Alternative modalities, our therapists will address your individual needs and preferences, to provide a lasting sense of release, harmony, and wellbeing.
This offer can not be combined with any other discount, and you must ask for the "New Client Special" when booking.
Schedule an appointment today!

 

Nourishing Red Lentil Soup

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This super easy soup is absolutely delicious as a cold "gazpacho", or just as tasty as a traditional soup served hot. It's the perfect recipe for transitioning into Fall from Summer. Enjoy!
1. Sautée 1 chopped onion and 3 large, peeled and diced carrots with 1T coconut oil (or olive oil) and pink salt on medium heat in a large pan until the onions become translucent.
2. Add 6 cups vegetable broth or water, 1 1/4 cup rinsed red lentils, and 2 peeled and chopped sweet potatoes.
3. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat, cooking for approx 30-40 mins, until potatoes and lentils are soft.
4. Season with more salt to taste, (optional) fresh thyme, or white pepper.
5. Blend with a hand blender or in batches in your blender (allow to cool a bit first) and ladle into bowls. Top with avocado, fresh parsley or cilantro, sunflower seeds, etc!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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Mother's Day is this weekend, and Girl on the Go has a variety of gifts perfect for the most important lady in your life! If you're short on time, consider a Spa Gift Certificate. They can be purchased online 24/7 for any amount or service. Simply click here to be taken to our gift certificate website.
If you have a bit more time, stop by the spa to browse our new merchandise area. We have yummy new scents from Often Wander Candles, beautiful jewelry from Full Bloom, lovely handmade perfumes from Peachy Keen, tanks, bags, and cards from Backward Prints, Zoya polishes, and of course our skincare products.
There's something for every lady at Girl on the Go! We're open 10a-10p Monday through Friday and 9a-6p on Saturday so there's plenty of time to find the perfect gift before Mother's Day!

DIY Coconut Whipped Moisturizer

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Coco LotionThis super easy, recipe for body butter is the perfect addition to your after-sun regimen, and can also make a great Mother's Day gift that won't break the bank!
Ingredients
1 cup organic coconut oil (solid)
1 tsp vitamin E oil
10 drops organic rose geranium essential oil
10 drops organic lavender essential oil
Mason Jar
Directions
Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and use an electric hand mixer for 5-7 minutes, until the body butter is whipped. Store at room temperature, or in the fridge during warm months so it won't melt.

Please Join Us for The Spring Fling Shopping Spa Event

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Participating pop-up shops include Revived Living, Elephant Trunk Up, Cali Sunshine Soapery, and Stop, Shop & Roll. We'll also be selling products from Often Wander, Full Bloom Jewelry, and Backward Prints inside the spa.
Wow Wow Waffles will be making their delicious sweet and savory waffle creations, along with fresh squeezed lemonade. We'll have a hosted bar with signature cocktails, such as a Strawberry Hibiscus Cooler, as well as craft beer and wine.
Enjoy complimentary hot oil cuticle treatments and hand massages, and sample our favorite skincare products.
Free swag bag with lot of great goodies for the first 25 attendees!
Be sure to RSVP to: hello@girlonthego.net
Can't wait to see you on the 25th! xoxo

Springtime Salsa Recipes

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Warmer weather is coming and that means more beautiful produce and fun outdoor parties. The Healthy Apple's grape and tropical mango salsas strike just the right balance of sweet and spicy. Plus, they are incredibly easy to throw together a few hours before a party!

Simple Grape Salsa

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups red grapes, quartered

1 small red onion, finely diced

1 cup grape tomatoes, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1/2 red onion diced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; toss and serve.

Tropical Mango Salsa

Ingredients

10 medium fresh strawberries, diced

1 large mango, peeled and diced

1 large kiwi, peeled and diced

3 chives, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil

Juice of one large lime

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; toss and serve.

Essential Oil of the Month: Peppermint

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Beyond smelling delicious, essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. At Girl on the Go, all of our treatments, including facials, massage, and nails, incorporate essential oils in some form. With St. Patty's Day right around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight the healing benefits of peppermint - one your aromatherapy options during a massage session.
Peppermint essential oil has so many uses, it's no wonder this oil is a staple in many people's medicine cabinets. And it certainly does much more than freshen your breath! The entire plant contains menthol, an organic compound with local anesthetic properties which provides a wonderful cooling sensation while it naturally alleviates discomfort. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, antispasmodic and carminative properties.
The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat:
Indigestion: One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint. Peppermint oil is very helpful in digesting  gas from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension.
Colds/Congestion: Menthol provides effective relief from many respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and the common cold and cough. It is often included as an ingredient in natural chest rubs to help with congestion.
Headache: Peppermint oil is terrific to keep on hand at your desk or in your purse, especially if you are prone to headaches. The use of this oil has also been known to effectively lessen tandem symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to noise and sensitivity to light.
Stress: Like many other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against feeling anxious and restless.
Energy/Alertness: Peppermint oil powerfully affects and improves mental clarity and raises energy levels. If you're trying to cut back on caffeine, this may be a blessing to your mid-afternoon lull.
Sore Muscles:  Because peppermint oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, it not only can relieve pain and inflammation but can also calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps.
To schedule your next massage, click here!

Please, Never Drink A McDonald's Shamrock Shake

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Let us start this by saying, we wouldn't suggest you going to McDonald's for anything. Period. But let's just say you've been seeing the commercials for their limited edition, seasonal, Shamrock Shake and thought, 'It couldn't be that bad; it's just one shake right?' Think again!
A large, 22-ounce McDonald’s Shamrock Shake contains: • 829 Calories • 23 Grams of Fat (35% U.S. Recommended Daily Value) • 15 Grams of Saturated Fat (73% U.S. Daily Value) • 1 Gram of Trans Fat • 115 Grams of Sugar (The AHA recommends consuming no more than 24-36 grams/day) • 260 Milligrams of Sodium (11% U.S. Daily Value)
This is roughly the same amount of calories as: • 1.5 Big Macs, or • 2.5 Hot Fudge Sundaes, or • Nearly 3 Egg McMuffins
Overall, the Shamrock Shake has 33 ingredients!! Holy ****, right?! If that doesn't stop you from going to Mickey D's, we don't know what will.
But don't fear, you can still have your green shake without causing a heart attack in the process. Our friends over at Healthy Beast shared a super yummy, 6-ingredient Shamrock Shake that we think is 100 times better than the one you can buy at the drive-thru. Check out the recipe:
SHAKE:shamrockshake2b 1/2 can full fat coconut milk (chilled) 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (chilled) 1 frozen banana 1/2 small avocado 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/3 tsp peppermint extract
The night before, I put 1 banana in the freezer and made sure my coconut milk and almond milk were chilling in the refrigerator.
Put all ingredients in the blender (or food processor), blend until smooth.
Store extra in the freezer to make minty ice cream!
WHIPPED CREAM: 1/4 can of full fat coconut milk (take from the creamiest part of the can, usually the milk separates and you can scoop off the top! (or pour out the liquid if the liquid is on top and scoop out the creamy stuff at the bottom)
Using an electric mixer, beat the milk for 2-4 minutes until cream thickens and looks like whipped cream! Add in vanilla and sweetener to taste.
SPRINKLES: 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut 1/2 Tablespoon avocado
Scrape the remaining outer edge of the avocado out of the shell, this is the part of the avocado with the most green color. Using your hands, work the avocado into the shredded coconut until the flakes are green.

ENJOY!!

How We Go Green All Year Round

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With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, green is likely on your mind. But what about green as it pertains to the footprint you leave on the planet - as in "going green" or living a sustainable lifestyle? We tend to think that's the most important type of green to keep in mind. It's never too late to start changing your habits to lessen your impact on the environment, because even the simplest of things can make a big difference! Below are some of the ways we go green at our spa every day of the year. Hopefully they'll inspire you to live a more sustainable lifestyle too!
How Girl on the Go! Night Spa goes green every day of the year:
 • We introduced a Product Recycling Program; customer's can return empty product containers to the spa and we will ship them back to the manufacturer to be reused
 • We recycle all applicable waste products, including plastic, glass, and aluminum
 • We buy in bulk to reduce our overall waste consumption
 • We use non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products exclusively at the spa
 • All of the skincare lines that we carry are free of harmful chemicals and additives; we carry one skincare line, Ilike, that is 100% plant-based and raw, and our nail polish line, Zoya, is vegan and formaldehyde-free
 • We support woman-owned small businesses through the retail merchandise that we sell - Often Wander candles, Backward Prints clothing and cards, Ardent Reverie jewelry, and Lavish essential oils
 • We worked with the City of San Diego to install bike racks in front of our building and give 10% off all services to clients who ride their bike to the spa
 • We offer discounted gym memberships to our employees to incentive an active, healthy lifestyle
 • Throughout the year we make donations to a variety of charities in San Diego working to make the city a more equitable and beautiful place for everyone
Have an idea on how we can do even better? Please leave us a comment with your suggestions!

Recipe: Raw Hazelnut Cheesecake

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Raw? Vegan? Cheesecake?! Trust us, after tasting this deliciousness, you'll realize you never have to go back to unhealthy, dairy-filled alternative. Rich and smooth, this dessert is just as good, if not better than what you're used to. We couldn't believe it either!
Ingredients For the crust 1 cup hazelnut meal ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons raw cocoa powder 3 Tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pinch sea salt
For the filling 2 cups raw cashews, soaked and rinsed ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons hazelnut butter (peanut butter works too) ½ cup coconut oil, melted ½ cup maple syrup ½ cup cocoa powder ½ cup water ½ teaspoon salt
For the chocolate sauce ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼  cup maple syrup ¼ cup cocoa powder
Directions 1. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until it starts to come together. Press the crust into the bottom of desired pan, about ¼ inch thick. Set aside while you making the filling.
2. In a food processor or mixer blend together cashews, maple syrup, water and salt. Mix until totally smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary. Add cocoa powder, hazelnut butter and coconut oil to the cashew mixture and blend them all together, scraping down again, until mixture is uniformly combined.
3. 
Spoon or pipe the filling on top of the crusts. Stick the cheesecake in the freezer until solid all the way through (at least 2 hours for individual cheesecakes, 4 for a large cheesecake).
4. Once frozen, remove the cheesecake from the pan. If using a silicone mold they will easily pop out. If you have a muffin tin, run a sharp, hot knife around the edges of each cheesecake, flip the tin upside down and give it a few good whacks against the counter. They should start to slowly side out at this point. Be patient, gravity is on your side. If a few minutes have passed and the cheesecakes are still refusing to drop, use a lighter to heat the bottom of the tin briefly; the heat will help release the cake.
5. Place the cheesecakes in the refrigerator and make the chocolate sauce. This recipe makes the equivalent of a 9 inch round.
Thanks Veganbaking.net for the recipe!

Spa Getaways Just Around the Corner

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Whether you're in the mood to head north or south from San Diego, Bardessono near Napa and Rancho La Puerta in Baja California could be just what your mind, body, and soul needs. Both properties offer luxurious, organic spa treatments amongst lush gardens and rolling hills, with delicious food and fun activities.

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Is it the organic farm and cooking school or the authentic spa treatments or the 3,000 acres to hike and bike and wander along that keep people coming back to this cherished destination spa? Few can compare to this property that launched back in 1940 in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, becoming the first true destination spa. And like all good and true destination spas, the emphasis here is on spending a full week immersed in the experience. This spring, join The Ranch to “reawaken” your senses.  It’s the height of wildflower season, and each morning you will wake up to gorgeous sunrises, inspired to embark on morning hikes with picturesque views. Talented presenters will join the property to reawaken your passion to live your best days yet. For more info visit: www.rancholapuerta.com

 

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Bardessono
If you want to experience true green luxury, check out this modern hotel in the heart of Californian’s wine country. Bardessono is a LEED Platinum-aspiring hotel, spa, and restaurant that’s located in Yountville on six tastefully landscaped acres with drought-tolerant foliage, organic herb gardens, and vineyards. Simple, sparse lines (think box-like buildings covered in corrugated steel) combined with a smart and stylish use of reclaimed materials (recycled stone and salvaged orchard Walnut, Cypress, Redwood, and California Bay woods are evident throughout) are just some of the reasons why we like this property so much. Bardessono is a great place to go with a loved one, as each of the hotel’s 62 suites doubles as a private spa stocked with some of the best organic towels, linens, and robes. The well-balanced spa menu offers an East-meets-West-inspired menu and organic skin care. For more info visit: www.bardessono.com

Recipe: Mushroom Lentil Burger

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Perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, this Mushroom Lentil Burger is absolutely delicious. The recipe was created by Scott Jurek, ultra-marathon runner and plant-based diet enthusiast, who eats these patties not only for a meal, but as snack during trainings and runs. While the recipe does take a little time, it makes a lot! Extra uncooked patties can be kept frozen for weeks, perfect for a quick, healthy meal.
Ingredients •    1 cup dried green lentils (2 1⁄4 cups cooked) •    2 1⁄4 cups water •    1 teaspoon dried parsley •    1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper •    3 garlic cloves, minced •    1 1⁄4 cups finely chopped onion •    3⁄4 cup finely chopped walnuts •    2 cups fine bread crumbs (see Note) •    1⁄2 cup ground flax seed (flax seed meal) 3 cups finely chopped mushrooms •    1 1⁄2 cups destemmed, finely chopped kale, spinach, or winter greens •    2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil •    3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar •    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard •    2 tablespoons nutritional yeast •    1 teaspoon sea salt •    1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper •    1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
Directions 1. In a small pot, bring the lentils, water, parsley, 1 garlic clove, and 1⁄4 cup of the onion to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 35 to 40 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the lentils are soft.
2. While the lentils are cooking, combine the walnuts, bread crumbs, and flax seed in a bowl. Add the nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and paprika and mix well.
3. Sauté the remaining onion, remaining garlic, the mushrooms, and greens in the oil for 8 to 10 minutes, then set aside. Remove the lentils from the heat, add the vinegar and mustard, and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon to a thick paste.
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the lentils, sautéed veggies, and bread crumb mixtures, and mix well. Cool in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes or more.
5. Using your hands, form burger patties to your desired size and place on waxed paper. Lightly fry in a seasoned skillet, broil, or grill until lightly browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

We're Spreading the Love All Month

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The holiday's are over and tax anxiety hasn't quite set in. It's the perfect time to book a spa day! Or treat your sweetheart to one for Valentine's Day! We're spreading the love all month long with yummy extras and free take-home gifts with every Spa Package booked or Spa Package Gift Certificate purchased.

While you're at the spa enjoy FREE... ~ Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Champagne

Go home with FREE... ~ Zoya Chemical-Free Nail Polish ~ Essential Oil Infused Lotion ~ Epicuren Lip Balm

Spa Package appointments and Gift Certificate purchases can both be done online, by giving us a call (619.269.3693), or by stopping into the spa.
Our hours are Monday-Friday 10a-10p and Saturday-Sunday 9a-6p.

Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo

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