You've been accused of obsession. You don't consider your day started, ended, or even well lived unless you've had your fill of pavement, surf or green. Your friends and loved ones refer to you as "the dog who needs to be taken out." Just like your Cocker Spaniel, you need your training. Yet one part of the routine that's often overlooked is recovery. And despite what you may think, these days, San Diego day spas offer more than manicures and bikini waxes. No matter what your activity, or how grueling your work out, there's somewhere you can go for sport therapy treatment, injury recovery, and pain relief to get you back in the game.
San Diego is known as the "Mecca" for triathlons, and with weather like ours, that's no surprise. On any given day you can take a distance swim in La Jolla Cove, followed by a run along the PCH, and a strenuous bike through Torrey Pines-sounds ideal, but often times, your body begs to differ. With all that exercise, your muscles are in need of some real repair. Head to Cinnabar Acupuncture Spa, where they recommend acupuncture treatment to boost blood flow, followed by a massage to relax tight muscles. Cinnabar makes its own secret concoction of Chinese herbs to help with blood stagnation. Judith Andrews, Cinnabar Acupuncturist, recommends coming in for treatment once a week before an event, and then two or three times after the event to get your body back in motion.
After eighteen holes and hours in the sun, your body screams for more than just a cocktail at the club. Try a Made-to-Order massage in one of the outdoor casitas at The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn Resort. An 80-minute session will ease sore muscles and leave you feeling like new. What's more, the treatment includes a back scrub or scalp massage and a tonic of choice. While you're at it, take care of your skin too. The gentleman's Power Hydration or Skin Fitness facial will help defend against time and sun. The resort's Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant is the perfect spot to end the day, with views overlooking the championship course's 18th hole.
The Distance Cyclist
Not everyone bounds back on the bike as quickly as Lance Armstrong, so whether you've experienced a fall, or if your lower back is just feeling a bit strained, head to Blue Marble Spa on Mission Bay. Start out with a pre-treatment consultation where a spa professional can determine which therapy is best for you. The most popular treatment-for-him is the Deep Tissue Massage. Specific herbs, such as organic arnica combined with organic lavender reduce inflammation and break up lactic acid, allowing for deeper penetration to relieve muscle tension and stress.
The Marathon Runner
Having sponsored the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, the Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown San Diego has excellent treatments to relieve inflammation from high-impact sports. Try a male-geared sport massage followed by a traditional Monticelli Mud Treatment. The mud is infused with aromatherapy oils to warm your whole body-especially relieving to sore muscles and joints. Rock Spa therapists suggest using the steam room before bodywork to loosen up stiff muscles.
After hitting the waves, your head may be spinning and your muscles thrashed, but with a Stone Massage from Bergamot Spa & Boutique, you'll be ready to face the surf in no time. The Stone is a Native American tradition that uses heated basalt stones applied to the body to dissolve away muscular tension. According to Bergamot, the stones "help one's body and soul feel grounded and one with the Earth." Located in Encinitas, this spa has a prime post-surf location.