Santa Barbara Health & Beauty
While her day job is running the incredible Santa Barbara non-profit, AHA, Jennifer Freed, Ph.D is an incredible astrologer, particularly because she pairs her understanding of the stars with her background as a therapist. A reading with Freed isn't simply about destiny, it's about what the application of that destiny might look and feel like, and how to step into it. As Freed explains at the opening of every reading, astrology isn't about what must happen, it's about what is possible for you.
900 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista
The B Boutique is known for organic spray tans, bikini waxes, and great selection of South American swimwear, but the facials (which they don’t advertise) are great.
Yasa Yoga (Closed)
22 W. Mission St., Suite B, Downtown
Charlie Chaplin’s former mission style home is now an airy, open yoga space for SB’s health conscious. Open every day with classes to suit different styles. Photos: Tai Kerbs
Shine Blow Dry Bar (Closed)
1250 Coast Village Rd., Montecito
These days, every town needs a blow dry bar, and in Montecito, the honor falls to Shine, where you can get a quick and reliable blow-out for the very fair price of $38. It can get busy on weekends, so book ahead.
740 State St., Downtown
This is a total New Age freak-out, in the best possible way. These subterranean caves are lined in Himalayan salt, which, according to Salt's website, contain the 94 "natural minerals and trace elements that are found in the human body." More impressively, the salt comes from "the Himalayan Mountain foothills located in the Khewra Salt Range in the Punjab Province of central Pakistan," which Alexander the Great reportedly discovered in 320BC. All that fun stuff aside, a 45-minute session sounds pretty great: You relax in a zero gravity chair while they play music and you breathe in mineral-rich air. They also offer more traditional treatments, like scrubs and massages. We've heard it's all good.
Alchemy Arts Spa & Cafe (Closed)
35 W. Haley St., Lower State
This full-fledged wellness center offers everything from yoga to acupuncture to cupping and visceral massage. There are more traditional spa offerings, too, including oxygen facials, organic spray tan, and a solid menu of massages. There's also an on-site vegetarian cafe.
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