Village health club adds spa services to its mix

A La Jolla health club has morphed into a spa.

Since Sept. 1, The Spa at La Jolla Sports Club has been open providing spa services to members, non-members and local hotel guests.

"We'll have two massage rooms, and we'll be full-service with trained massage therapists throwing esthetics into the mix," said Rachel Stacy, spa director for both The Sports Club and its sister club, The Sporting Club at the Aventine. "It's just a whole mind, body, spirit thing, in every aspect."

Stacy added that, in addition to better service and convenience for both health clubs' members, another motivator for the Spa launch was to make services available for local hotel guests. "There are many hotels within walking distance of The Club and we are excited about the quality Spa experience we can make available to them," Stacy said, adding she's enjoying the process of helping create The Spa at La Jolla Sports Club from the ground up. "This is something I have always wanted to do."

Claire Bullas, the Sports Club's general manager, said when non-members and hotel guests purchase a spa treatment, they will receive a complimentary day pass to the Club. "It's a great value and a great way for people to enjoy an entire a day of health and fitness," she noted. "They could take a yoga class, do a cardio session and get a spa treatment all at one place."

Bullas added spa services will be offered at a discounted price to club members. 

The Spa staff from The Sporting Club at the Aventine also will be staffing The Spa at La Jolla Sports Club. "They are experts in their field, and we are very excited to have them here," added Bullas.

The La Jolla Sports Club is a high-end, boutique fitness club in the Merrill Lynch Courtyard Building in the heart of La Jolla Village. The recently remodeled Club offers top-of-the-line equipment, a wide variety of group exercise classes and specialty programming, spa services and a private training Pilates studio. Child-care services are available on-site.

The menu at the new La Jolla Village spa includes a variety of massage therapies, body treatments, facials and other skin-care treatments.

European, deep tissue and sports massages are some of those being offered for men and others with special needs. There's even a massage therapy for expectant moms.

Also on La Jolla Sports Club's spa menu are a host of body wraps, as well as body waxing, aromatherapy and skin peels.

Stacy said two spa rooms at La Jolla Sports Club will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. On those days, trained estheticians will give a wide variety of facials. The spa's menu also features exotic treatments, like the 25-minute Island Castaway, which begins with a papaya pineapple skin exfoliating body scrub, followed by the slow pouring of warm coconut milk which is gently rubbed into the client's body.

Other alluring spa treatments include the herbal treatment wrap using a botanical mask, and the Pacific Scalp Escape, a pampering scalp massage and acupressure point treatment employing oils of Kuikui and coconut to relieve tension.

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