Enliven Your Body Through This Ancient Practice

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Nature is the name of the game at The Spa at La Costa. Ranked by many in the industry as one of the best wellness spas in North America, those looking to be inspired by nature and the coastal California lifestyle are in luck. This all-encompassing, relaxing refuge right off of the breezy coast of San Diego (pampering since 1965) recently received a 50 million dollar renovation.

La Costa, the first U.S. resort to offer a full-service spa-from bamboo massages to anti-aging facials-also houses the The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Founded by holistic physicians Deepak Chopra and David Simon, the center serves as a place where spa goers can go to heal their physical bodies, awaken emotional freedoms and empower themselves through massage, meditation, yoga and Ayurveda.

The Odyssey Enlivening Therapy ($205), a 60-minute treatment, offers a sampling of five Ayurvedic therapies: Garshana – exfoliate: Abhyanga – nourish: Vishesh – relax; Marma – enliven. It is a great way to experience, and get an introduction to, the healing services the spa has to offer.

After your treatment, make sure to walk barefoot over the reflexology pathway to flush toxins out of your body, or sit underneath one of the outdoor waterfall showers. And perhaps sip an elixir made out of fresh citrus and herbs grown in the spa garden. Go ahead, reconnect with nature.

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