Pura Vida Spa Review

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I am a huge fan of the day spa. When I lived in New York I could find a great all-day service for $30. And although I had to share my space with women who were waaaay more comfortable community bathing nude than I was (this still is not my preferred spa experience), I enjoyed and relied on this quiet refuge away from the hustle and bustle of the city to keep me centered and relaxed.


Now that I’m in San Diego, a wonderful, all day spa experience goes for around $100 – and they’re totally worth it! Once you’re done with your choice of treatment, there are always an array of products to test, refreshments to drink, and of course – photos to take. It’s especially great if you can trust that the products being used on your skin are organic!

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If you’re looking for a luxurious, organic spa experience in San Diego for under $100, look no further than the brand new, beautiful Pura Vida Spa!

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The day after my birthday this year seemed like the perfect time to relax, and I had booked a hot stone, deep tissue massage. But what I got was other-worldly!  I started the day with a short drive there from my home in Encinitas. It’s a really beautiful ocean drive down the PCH, where the ocean view and calming palm trees meet to greet you.

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This gem of a spa palace is located just blocks from the beach, off the corner of a main street in Oceanside, and from the outside it may be hard to tell that the inside of Pura Vida is sooooo very relaxing. The beautiful owner, Alex, greeted me with an adorable birthday card (sooooo sweet and thoughtful!), organic chocolate, a tall glass of ice water and organic kombucha. My kind of lady! We chit chatted a bit about the products she carries – many of which are my green beauty favorites – and then it was time for my deep tissue massage.


For 90 minutes I allowed myself to relax and let Alex go to work. Alex. Is. Amazing! A Costa Rica Native, Alex has practiced in California for the last ten years and her intuitive hands are absolutely magical. I have scoliosis as well as arthritis and I am very picky about who I allow to work on my back, but her firm yet loving practice was just what I needed to rejuvenate, relax and re-awaken my body. The full body, deep tissue massage was just perfect! She also applied some reflexology, which I absolutely loooove (and am addicted to now)! I was literally glowing when we finished, as evidenced by this photo 🙂

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Some more sips of organic Kombucha and a little chit chat later and I found myself buying the same spa experience for a dear friend, because I just had to share it! I felt absolutely amazing – detoxed, yet awake. Soothed yet excited!

The Benefits of a Full Body, Hot Stone Massage:

  • Provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions
  • Reduces chronic stress and tension
  • Decreases pain and muscle spasms
  • Increases flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement
  • Relieves pain and tension created by straining

The benefits of giving yourself a spa day to relax and rejuvenate are endless.  Find your peace and your bliss this way and treat yourself!

With Love,