Essencia, Bellemani open in La Jolla


By Patricia B. Dwyer


• Essencia Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine at 8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, Ste. B209, is a center were patients go to to revive their bodies’ natural energy and wellness through a combination of medical and therapeutic treatments, according to owner Rebecca Underdown.

She said in a press release Essencia — the Latin word for soul or spirit —offers verything from traditional Chinese acupuncture to sports medicine to restore the body’s vitality and inner harmony. The staff works to spiritually relax and free their patients through working with them physically with their array of services and therapies.

Underdown, who studied at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, said she will also offer Essencia Skin Care, organic anti-aging skin cream. Learn more at


• Helen Kazemaini, a native La Jollan, has opened Bellemani, a “natural and healthy nail salon that focuses on cleanliness and quality in ingredients and service. “ It is located at 7462 Girard Ave.

The salon is drawing pregnant women and others who prefer their use of nono-toxic and all natural ingredients — organic whenever possible, Kazemaini said. These natural ingredients and attention to details such as use of disposable pedicure liners, good ventilation and medical-grade autoclaves for sterilzation are part of Bellemani’s approach.

In addition to manicures and pedicures, they offer facial threading and full body waxing also are offered. Go to