By Claire Harlin
It’s not uncommon for people to seek out high-end designation resort spas for the sake of having every upscale wellness service imaginable under one roof, along with a variety of credentialed practitioners.
But it’s not always practical to go on vacation just to improve one’s well-being, or at least that’s the mentality two local ladies had when they launched Place360 Health + Spa two years ago. Tucked away in the Del Mar Medical Arts Building, the facility had become a staple in the community for Chinese herbs and homeopathic remedies, among other spa services. As of last month, the business’s success has allowed owners Helen McCabe-Young and Tracy Whynot to open a larger location and offer more services at 1219 Camino Del Mar, the former site of Belloccio Salon and Boutique.
“There’s a lot of curiosity about Chinese medicine, but there’s some trepidation. One would actually have to book an appointment to learn about it, and not everyone is going to do that,” said McCabe-Young. “Now we have much better visibility and access to the community. Anyone can walk through our doors and get information about Chinese herbal medicine.”
Upon walking into Place360, a visitor will see a lifestyle retail area with an artistically-designed apothecary for custom-blended Chinese herbs. Place360 also sells custom-made essential oils formulated for their own massage therapy treatments.
At Place360, clients don't have to cobble together their own comprehensive wellness program, as this integrated center incorporates fitness, healing and beauty. McCabe-Young’s goal is to offer full integration under one big roof — and rooftop! (Place360 offers rooftop yoga and events on occasion.)
“Sometimes you may just need a massage or facial, but if an injury comes up we can refer them in house,” said McCabe-Young. “Other times someone might come in for something serious like rehabilitation for a sports injury or an emotional issue or a digestive problem, and coming here may open their eyes to an entire path to wellness they could be taking.”
With the larger space, Place360 has added more fitness options, including pilates and yoga, to its menu of services, which also includes reiki, meditation, chi gong, tai chi, eyelash extensions, waxing, makeup, body scrubbing, spray tanning and acupuncture.
“We are constantly evolving and building our menu of services,” McCabe-Young said.
Whynot decided some 12 years ago that Del Mar was where she wanted to anchor because “it just felt right,” and after traveling the world for years, McCabe-Young also said she didn’t want to settle anywhere other than Del Mar.
When it came time to find a new space for Place360, the two owners looked far and wide, even outside Del Mar, “but just kept looking because we really wanted to stay here,” McCabe-Young said.
“I always say my soul lives in Del Mar,” she said.
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