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Spa Experience 8/27/15 Beauty Kliniek, San Diego, CA

I was lucky to get a spa treatment at Beauty Kliniek, last Thursday. The treatment was a re-gift from my present host, a birthday present for me. I’ve experienced many years of giving and receiving therapies, in spas, resorts,  chiropractic offices, and  private practice. On one hand, I am discerning after my 37 years of doing the work professionally myself, but on the other hand, I am easy to please and not directive when I am the receiver.

I was very impressed with how extensive the offerings are here, all the services and the space itself. I asked for and received a tour before my session. The spa is 8000 sq. feet with a Beauty/hair salon, a day spa, a wellness center, a eucalyptus stream room, an infared sauna, lockers rooms, a Vichy shower for body treatments, a hydrotherapy tub, whirlpool pedicure thrones, a couples massage room, a spa boutique, a classroom and two relaxation areas.

Here are some pictures:


This is the entrance. It is in a small shopping area on the NE corner of Regents Road and Governor Drive.


Here is part of the lobby/entrance.  This area includes the receptionist desk, chairs and several shelves and counters with make up and other items for sale.


Here is the salon.  They offer full hair salon services, waxing, nails, make up , all in different areas. They even offer laser hair removal, Photo Genesis and medical laser treatments, Laser genesis, botox, collagen, fillers and other medical beauty/anti-aging treatments.

They have treatment rooms where they offer various facials, and micro-current facial sculpting, too.

Their body treatment list is extensive with various body wraps, salt glow scrubs, and a hydrotherapy tub. They offer deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, Hawaiian Lomi ke Ah Hoku massage, clinical aromatherapy, pregnancy massage, Thai massage, reflexology and manual lymph drainage.


This is the couple’s massage room.

I had signed up for the combo massage, which the spa menu stated included craniosacral, energy balancing, reflexology, tui na, acupressure and several other modalities including Swedish.  I am trained in several therapies myself and have received numerous ones over the years, including that list, and only really noticed receiving swedish and deep tissue work in my massage last Thursday. I felt a little disappointed that there wasn’t reflexology and energy balancing, however, I was very pleased with the work I received. Tasia, was my therapist, and I found her pressure firm, nurturing and confident.  The table was VERY comfy and the treatment included nice touches like a warm towel on my back after that area was massaged, a warm towel under my neck when I was face up, a warm pad on my belly, and a warm towel on my feet after the treatment was complete.


This was my room.

Along with the above treatments, they have treatments and packages that focus on slimming, detoxing, spa treatments, colon hydrotherapy, packages for Brides, Executive packages, and anything from a few hours long package to all day, including a light lunch.

They focus on the whole body and to support that, they also offer yoga and other classes, wellness programs and acupuncture.

There are two relaxation areas I saw, both set up with water, fruit and hot tea. The chairs were very comfy to relax in.



They actually mix their own aromatherapy blends according to the needs of the client.


When I checked in, I was led to the women’s locker room where I was given a locker with a key, clean slippers and a comfy robe. There was a changing room, a shower area, bathroom, sink area and they had all the amenities anyone could want to freshen up to return out into the world.


Here is the classroom:


I liked that they offered many supplements, aromatherapy oils, lotions, and other beauty/relaxation support items for sale, to support the benefits achieved at the spa.

If you are in the San Diego area, come check out this award winning day spa. They are celebrating their 33rd anniversary in Oct.!

Optimum Health Institute, Lemon Grove, CA

This is another one of the wellness centers that I researched years ago so it was a treat to finally get to visit.  I have a friend who has worked here before so that gave me an introduction as well. Today I attended their weekly open house, orientation, and meal. Even though I was a visitor and not someone attending their program, I was welcomed just the same. I found everyone there very warm and welcoming.

The program was initially started  as Robert P. Nees, Sr., his wife, Pamela and their friend, Raychel Solomon, met at a class teaching God-centered mental techniques for healing the whole person, taught by Robert’s brother, the Reverend Russell Nees.  Raychel traveled to the Hippocrates of Boston center and learned Essene based dietary and cleansing practices and brought these back to add to the program.  They then created Hippocrates West,  a not for profit mind-body-spiritual healing center.

Soon they recognized the need for a stronger spiritual base so they transferred the assets to The Free Sacred Trinity Church, a Christian church rooted in Essence traditions.  The healing center became a mission of the church and in 1977 the name was changed to the Health Institute of San Diego and then in 1983 it was changed to the Optimum Institute. Although the Institute is connected to this church, they do not hold services and hold space for any and all religious and spiritual traditions.

The center was started in a home and quickly outgrew those facilities and they moved to their present location, which they have expanded over the years.  They have been at their present location for 36 years. They average around 100-120 guests per week.

The focus of this program is to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, exercise,; quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation; and teach the guest tools so they take these healthy practices back into their lives. Although this isn’t a medical facility, many healings have taken place over the years after guests have attended the classes and taken these practices back into their lives, including guests arriving with stage 4 cancer given 2 weeks to live.  The idea is to detox the body/mind/spirit and then give the body what it needs to rebuild a healthy system, not just for a week or month but for a healthy future. People seem to return over and over and some guests end up living on the property and/or returning to work there.

The program is 21 days long and can be attended at one time or a week or two at a time.  There is the CA campus and two in Austin, TX.  There are 40 classes offered per week.

Week 1 -Body/mind/spirit connection

Week 2- Tools for healthier choices

Week 3- Take home skills

The cleansing is done with wheat grass grown on the property and juiced just before use by the guests; enemas, wheat grass implants, and gentle exercise and stretches.  Massage, reiki, reflexology, salt glow body treatment, body wrap, colon hydrotherapy and chiropractic care are available on site as well.

The food is all organic, fresh and raw, some grown on the property.  All the water on the property is filtered and the drinking water is filtered twice and then the ph is balanced, too.Classes are taught in how to prepare the food, too.  Guests are taught how to grow and juice wheat grass.  There are gardens to rest or walk in, a jacuzzi, a pool, a library, a night for movies, a store, a chapel, groups, ceremonies, and Friday night live sharing of talents.   All the guests seemed very honoring and supportive of each other.

The program costs $955.00 per week.  The accommodation prices range from $475-$1195 single occupancy for a room,  $370 and up for a room in a shared townhouse, and $645 for a 2 Bdr. townhouse. I’m assuming these prices are per week.

The dinner meal I shared with them consisted of: Cucumber and tomato salad, Broccoli Salad delight, Humus, Sprouts, Green salad, celery sticks, zucchini sticks and crackers made from dehydrated zucchini slices with some spices. There were salad dressings, various sprouts, lentils, spices and nuts to add to the meal. No salt or sugar is used at all. The entire meal was raw food.

These are pictures of the patios, a courtyard and some rooms.


Patio and rooms Brick courtyard and rooms Bungalow

This is the front lawn and office, the dining room and a lecture room and the door to the chapel for meditation and contemplation.

Office and front lawn Dining room and lecture room Door to chapel


This is the organic gardens and avocado trees, the greenhouse where wheat grass is grown and the memorial garden.

Organic garden Green house Memorial garden


For further information you can check out their website at:


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