Top Places To Refresh & Rejuvenate In South Pasadena


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When you want to rejuvenate and refresh, South Pasadena is one of the best places to do so. As a small, community-minded area, the people and businesses are charming and inviting. And in today’s modern society, everyone can use a little break and restart. Give yourself some solo time and put the electronics away, disconnect from the world, and get in tune with your mind and body. The following spots are the perfect ways to refresh in South Pasadena:

1202 Salon & Spa

The 1202 Salon & Spa is one of the most highly-rated spas in the area. Everyone knows that one of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to get a nice hair cut or massage–preferably in the same place, by the same trustworthy people. Switch up your style or trim the style the love. The employees put a tremendous amount of time and energy into perfecting hair design, and customers are leaving very satisfied.

The Spa Menu includes several types of skin care packages. For $90,you can enjoy the Seasonal Professional Care package. This includes a rejuvenating and pampering treatment that uses natural, active seasonal ingredients to improve the skin. For the same price, you can get a Custom Facial, which includes an analysis, skin preparation, extractions, massage, and nourishment to restore balance and vitality in the skin.

If you really want to go the extra mile, there are several high-end treatments to choose from, like the “intraceuticals oxygen infusion facial,” which is an advanced treatment that uses a custom combination of pressurized oxygen and multi-weight hyaluronic acid to increase hydration levels and produce an instant, visible lift. Alternatively, there’s the “Vi peel,” which improves the tone, texture and clarity of your skin, and helps eliminate age-spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation.

New Life Acupuncture & Herb Center

Acupuncture is a holistic medical treatment that promotes natural healing. During the treatment, trained practitioners insert ultra thin needles into targeted areas of the body to alleviate pain and mental stress . It’s a common misconception that this process is painful. But the procedure, which originated in China, has been around for over 2,500 years, and is highly effective.

Treatments are almost completely pain-free, and have been known to produce a slew of benefits, including relief from chronic pain throughout the body (such as back pain and muscle spasms), and can help with anxiety and depression. They can also provide a cure for back pain, migraines, and digestive issues. And lastly, acupuncture has even been linked to an increase in fertility, and can also help people quit smoking.

Currently, 100% of nearly 50 Yelp reviews for New Life Acupuncture & Herb Center are five stars. A five star rating across the board is a reflection of the treatments and customer service. Your first visit will last anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes, and during this time, you’ll explain to your specialist what you hope to gain out of the experience. They’ll take a detailed look at your health history and perform a physical exam before coming up with a unique treatment plan that’s tailored to you.

RejuvaYou Medical Spas

The whole premise behind RejuvaYou is to rejuvenate the skin. Each service is based on not just the physical betterment of your skin, but its long-term health, too. The RejuvaYou team has spent many years researching the latest technologies and treatments, and works to tailor each treatment to your unique skin type and health regimen.

This medical spa has also seen its share of fame. The Kardashian family filmed a segment of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” here, where they received a “Triniti Skin Series” rejuvenation treatment (which offers non-surgical relief from blemishes, laxity, and wrinkles). The business has also been featured on Entertainment Tonight and in Forbes magazine.

What makes this spa different from others is that it’s a true medical spa, with an emphasis on surgical and various non-invasive medical procedures. This means that there are several doctors and resident nurses on hand. Services available include Triniti Skin Series, CoolSculpting, MELASMA treatment, BOTOX, various medical facials and peels, and much more.

Freestyle Fitness

As you know, fitness can boost both your physical and mental health. Fitness has been known to reduce stress, and even be just as effective as an antidepressant in helping relieve anxiety and depression, thanks to all the endorphins you release when you exercise.

At Freestyle Fitness, no matter what your physical or mental health mission is, you can achieve it. The business is highly rated for their fantastic team of trainers, who work hard to create a well-structured, fun session for everyone. They work with all types of exercise levels, whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or haven’t been to the gym in years. Overall, the Center aims to create a community of people, all working towards the betterment of themselves. If you’re interested, you can try your first class free.

Awareness Center

According to their website, “The Awareness Center is a sacred community.  It is a home for your heart to relax and your spirit to simply be.  It is our expression of a world where people feel ‘at home’ in all areas of life.”

The Awareness Center teaches guests to get in tune with their mind, body, and spirit. There are classes, trainings, events, and workshops, all of which promote peace and tranquility. If you’re looking for some rejuvenation, Awareness Center is one of the best places to find it.

The Center specializes in Kundalini Yoga, which is one of the most comprehensive types of yoga because it combines asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and prayer. Aside from various levels of Kundalini Yoga, there are plenty of classes for you to choose from, including a Healing Breathe Class, 30-minute meditations, and a restorative yoga workshop. Certain classes, like the Aquarian Sadhana, are free on specific days. Check out their calendar to see a list of dates, descriptions, and prices of various classes.

Mission Street Yoga

Mission Street Yoga was started by a group of modern Yogis who all had busy schedules and wanted a place where they could restore balance and happiness. Yoga is is one of the few natural tools that allows its practitioners to create a sense of empowerment and peace. People of all yoga levels are welcome, and certainly encouraged–during class, the instructors teach newcomers how to use the mat and adjust to different poses. And like some of the better businesses, the first class here is free.

SP Asian Spa Therapy

The SP Asian Spa Therapy is one of South Pasadena’s best. The space appears hidden from the outside, but is a charming oasis once you find it. Unlike some run-of-the-mill spas, it provides tailored care. One Yelp reviewer, who went to SP Asian Spa Therapy after she’d suffered from a stiff neck for a week, says of their services:

“Whereas I paid a bunch of money to feel dizzy at the end of my Massage Envy session and bruised at the end of my Shiatsu of Zen session, the SP Asian Therapy and Spa massage left me feeling relaxed, with much more comfort and mobility in my neck and shoulders than when I had first walked in. I left feeling like I had taken a muscle relaxer!”

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