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A divine 2009 at Simplify Your Life

On January 1 Melissa Illingworth became the new owner of the lovely River Village day spa Simplify Your Life (SYL), making the beginning of the new year a divine one.

Thrilled about this new business venture, Illingworth will continue to make SYL a top San Diego North day spa destination where patrons can receive quality services that rejuvenate the body, mind and soul.

“I saw such wonderful potential to bring therapeutic body work into this area because of its beautiful atmosphere and peaceful location,” said Illingworth, who also owns Inner Sanctum. “SYL is everything I have ever wanted.”

Inner Sanctum, explained Illingworth, has merged into SYL but will remain geared toward corporate massage.

“I am so excited about owning SYL because it has been a dream realization for me; I always wanted to own a day spa when I got started in therapeutic massage,” said Illingworth.

All of the wonderful head-to-toe SYL treatments will remain on its menu of services, providing a soothing experience where one can retreat and relax.

An added bonus is that the original founder of SYL, Karen Choules, has been delighted to stay onboard to serve her clients.

Illingworth is pleased to introduce more therapeutic treatments to the SYL menu.

“I want to bring in more different types of massage therapy and I hope to create a massage program to make it more affordable in this economy,” she said. “I want massage to be accessible to everyone; that is my vision.”

Highly regarded as an intuitive massage therapist, Illingworth will continue to help those with injuries, chronic tension and lymphatic drainage and myofascial release issues in her treatments.

Having been an instructor in massage schools, Illingworth looks forward to teaching her staff members her specialized techniques.

Also having a passion for the arts, down the road Illingworth plans to make SYL’s retail product section more artistic in terms of clothing and home decor.

“I would like to open up this area to local artists who want to showcase their items,” she said.

When it comes to pampering, SYL provides an array of blissful massages, facials and skin care treatments in its private treatment rooms.

In addition to their exceptional skincare line which caters to the mature skin, its Cold Light Photo Rejuvenation therapy and DiamondTome Microdermabrasion are great treatments for wrinkle reduction and skin texture improvement.

“And our VascuTouch treatment effectively removes skin tags and cherry angiomas,” said Illingworth.

Its state-of-the-art Vichy Shower is another draw for many spa patrons. This exclusive and invigorating wet table is the ideal way to perform body wraps and scrubs.

“It is so relaxing; it’s like taking a shower while lying down,” Illingworth said.

Their scrub treatments, she added, are a superb way to exfoliate and hydrate dry skin.

And being that SYL is a full-service day spa, its magnificent spa packages offer the escape and indulgence that one deserves.

From massages, facials and body exfoliations to body wraps and waxing, the SYL team tailors each treatment to the specific needs of their clientele, including those with sensitive skin.

Illingworth calls her SYL therapists “highly trained in multiple modalities.”

Illingworth looks forward to sharing wonderful SYL treatments with members of the community. “I want SYL to be a place where people can literally ‘simplify their life’ by coming here.”

For more information, including Illingworth’s 1-hour $55 massage special for first-time clients, call (760) 732-0013 or visit

The spa is located at 5256 South Mission Road, Suite 101, in Bonsall’s River Village.

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