Like the Greeks and Romans before them, today’s spa professionals are elevating the bathing ritual to a fine art—combining modern techniques with ingredients indigenous to specific parts of the world. At Blue Marble Spa on Mission Bay, they are even doing it eco-consciously. Located at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, the 3,100-square-foot day spa integrates luxury with sustainable practices, and is San Diego’s first eco-friendly spa. The environment is green; the ingredients all natural; and the treatments focused on getting clients to restore, cultivate and connect. The water massage ritual, for instance, is soothing and nurturing, a sensory experience that heals the soul and stimulates the circulatory system as well.
“What a beautiful thing to be bathed,” says Kyra Johnson, Spa Director at Blue Marble. “And what a loving, nurturing gesture from one human to another.”
Having worked at spas such as Stillwater Spa in Toronto and Spa V in Miami Beach, Johnson was integral to launching Blue Marble, which is also the first eco-spa for the Hyatt Pure brand. She designed the water massage ritual as a wellness experience to replace the traditional vichy massage treatment, which relies on several water jets at varying temperatures. With water conservation in mind, she commissioned a LEED-certified rain shower wand to be installed in place of a vichy shower.
“I believe that we reap what we sow, that we are responsible for our actions,” Johnson says. “By educating people on how to care for themselves and the planet, we can reach new heights of wellness and connectivity and see beauty more clearly within us and all around us.”
To begin the water massage ritual, clients are first gently brushed with a dry brush to stimulate circulation while lightly exfoliating the skin. Then the body is cleansed using an organic herbal solution. The water massage is perhaps the best part: a warm herb-soaked towel is placed on the back and the shower wand is used to slowly massage all the impurities out while inviting deep relaxation in. The approach is slow and nurturing, similar to the feeling of sinking deeper and deeper into slumber under a warm sun—yet better, because all the while you are caressed like an infant receiving her first bath.
The ritual is part of a resort spa menu designed first around the mind-body-soul connection, then enhanced with eco-conscious features. Blue Marble’s ecologically friendly practices include the use of recycled paper, low-flow shower heads, energy-efficient light bulbs, sustainable bamboo floors, environmentally friendly cleaning products, organic and natural skincare products, and spa linens that are dyed using eco-friendly processes. All spa products are natural and harvested from the land and sea. The spa even features an Earth Garden, a private outdoor relaxation space lushly planted with indigenous plants and ideal for reading or receiving a spa treatment. And every treatment is geared toward cultivating spiritual as well as environmental awareness.
“The spa experience is about connecting with yourself and nurturing your spirit,” Johnson says. “After all, we get only this one life and this one body.”
Reserve a Spa Cabana. Available for rent by the hour or day, spa cabanas are located poolside on a lushly landscaped patio. It is the perfect spot for to reconnect with your body and allow nature’s curative powers to restore heal your soul and restore your inner glow.
MOST POPULAR SPA TREATMENT FOR HER:
Detoxifying Seaweed Wrap – 60 minutes. A stimulating and purifying wrap combining Antarctic seaweed, nutrient-rich Icelandic moss, juniper and cypress—two of the most powerful detoxifying ingredients on land.
MOST POPULAR SPA TREATMENT FOR HIM:
Deep-Tissue Massage – 60 or 90 minutes. Organic arnica, which reduces inflammation and breaks up lactic acid, allowing for deeper penetration—is combined with organic lavender. Deep heat and deep pressure help to release muscle tension and stress.
Ask for a pre-treatment consultation. You wouldn’t schedule a surgery or take medication without first consulting your doctor, so why not do the same with your spa treatment. Johnson says it’s the best way for your spa professional to gauge the treatment your body needs. You should also be honest about they way your mind, body and soul are feeling. “If you’re feeling depleted, then an antioxidant calendula wrap may do the trick,” Johnson says. “Or if you’re skin is showing a lot of stress, then maybe the oxygenating Age Gracefully facial would be just right, with 30 minutes carved out for a scalp massage.”