Welcome to Urban Calm, an East Village organic spa retreat created by Heidi Olden, voted "Best Esthetician" by San Diego Magazine.
Drawing from beauty therapies that are both ancient as well as modern, Urban Calm offers a unique selection of treatments designed to nourish your skin and nurture your spirit.
Step out of the hustle and bustle of the city and discover an urban retreat where elements of nature, aromatic essences and soothing sounds take you to a place of balance, harmony and perfect calm.
urban calm facialsAll 90 minute signature facials include a skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, customized mask, massage of the face, neck, shoulders, scalp, hands and feet.
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Waxing treatments are performed with several types of wax, formulated with organic ingredients from Italy. Pre and post waxing care products are all organic and provide great results while reducing redness and irritation. Waxing is contraindicated for use with Retinoids and Accutane.
Lip & Brow 30
Full Face 50
Upper Leg 40
Lower Leg 35
Full Leg 65
Full Leg w/Bikini 85
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At Urban Calm emphasis is placed on purity and simplicity. Because we absorb into our bodies what is applied to the skin, we seek products that are truly safe, beneficial and wholesome, never harmful to our health or the environment. To truly enhance the health and beauty of the skin, products with synthetic chemicals and preservatives must be avoided. Only products with the purest of ingredients are used to perform our spa treatments and we carry many of these exclusive products in Urban Calm's spa boutique. All of our retail products are organic and from small, family or female-owned businesses; all are cruelty-free. We welcome you to experience beauty, wellness and purity at home.
All Skin Types
All Skin Types
seaweed nourishing gels
All Skin Types
All Skin Types
Treats Cystic Acne
All Skin Types
All Skin Types
All Skin Types
The Vital Image offers powerful yet gentle, organic skincare products. The Vital Image contains no chemicals, pesticides, synthetics, fillers, solvents or animal ingredients and does not test on animals. Created with charged organic particles (COPS) these products accelerate and super-charge the bioelectrical activity in skin cells. [Family-owned and organic]
Heidi Olden found her place in the spa industry over fifteen years ago. Drawing on her years of experience as an esthetician she has created a unique selection of effective skincare treatments and hair removal options for you to experience at Urban Calm.
Heidi's extensive resume includes her employment at The Four Seasons Resort Aviara where she was able to utilize her skills in their highly acclaimed spa, now listed among the top twenty spas in the world. Heidi has worked at several other high end salons and day spas in California and Connecticut and has also offered medical skincare in a cosmetic surgeon's office.
After receiving her education and obtaining her California esthetician's license, Heidi relocated to the East Coast and continued her studies at New York's Dermal Institute. Heidi opened her first skin and body care studio, Zenobia Wellness Spa, in 2001 with the goal of offering her clients treatments that would address their individual skincare needs.
Heidi's fascination with the ancient art of aromatherapy and search for a natural and effective product line led her to Enessa, an aromatherapy skincare line formulated by world-renowned esthetician Michelle Ornstein. Over the years Heidi has been mentored by Ornstein and is now proud to feature the Enessa line of products at Urban Calm.
Always interested in giving her clients the best treatments available Heidi has also mastered the art of threading, an ancient hair removal technique that has been a celebrity secret for the past few years and is now becoming popular beyond the boundaries of New York City and Los Angeles. Trained by Ornstein (who performs threading on many celebrities such as Cher, Salma Hayek and Michelle Branch) Heidi is proud to be among only a handful of estheticians offering this service in San Diego.
Combining her extensive training, years of experience, unique touch and outstanding products, Heidi created the spa sanctuary, Urban Calm, in 2006. Heidi aspires to deliver the best client experience possible, training each member of her team extensively to ensure that each and every person that steps foot into Urban Calm receives the care and attention that they deserve as well as the highest quality, individualized spa treatments. The products and therapies offered at Urban Calm are based on her belief in purity, a profound state of relaxation, and the restoration of a state of just being, a sense of calm. In order to accommodate her existing clients, Heidi is not accepting any new clients at this time.
Brenda Bradley, licensed esthetician, has been a part of the Urban Calm team since 2009. Brenda, a Washington state native, began her career in esthetics in 2005. Since that time she has acquired extensive experience in the spa industry.
Brenda began her career by working at a medical spa. She then moved on to Lale Spa, in Sacramento, where she remained for two years. After relocating to San Diego, Brenda found her place at Urban Calm. At that time Brenda trained extensively with Heidi, learning the unique and specialized skincare treatments Heidi had created for her clients at Urban Calm. Brenda worked side-by-side with Heidi and under her tutelage she also quickly mastered the art of threading. Brenda's talent in creating the perfect brow shape with her artistic threading technique was quickly discovered and she now has a loyal following for her expertise in brow shaping and threading hair removal.
In her years as a licensed esthetician, Brenda has made it a point to work with many product lines, from natural and organic to cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical. This has allowed her to gain a vast knowledge of what the world of skin care has to offer. Her preference remains working with effective, organic and natural products. Brenda strives to help her clients develop a skincare routine utilizing products that are not only good for their skin, but good for the environment as well.
Brenda focuses on giving her clients the best spa experience possible and tailors the care she provides them to their own individual needs, whether that be assisting them in achieving their ideal brow shape or creating a specialized routine to target specific skin concerns. She strives to keep herself up to date on the latest skincare trends so that she can educate and share her knowledge with each client. Outside of her drive to provide her clients with the very best spa experience possible, she possesses a unique touch and demeanor that keep drawing her clients back again and again.
Samantha Pimentel, licensed esthetician and certified makeup artist, graduated from Bellus Academy in 2012. There she received comprehensive professional training in all aspects of the esthetics industry, including skin analysis and conditions, facials, chemical treatments, skin treatments, hair removal and makeup application.
After obtaining her license in esthetics, Samantha began her career at Massage Envy. She soon moved on to join Urban Calm and trained extensively with both Heidi and Brenda to prepare her to offer Urban Calm's spa offerings with the same high standards that their clients have come to expect.
It was Samantha's passion for helping others achieve their best personal wellness and beauty that first inspired her to become an esthetician and that passion shines through with each and every spa treatment she performs. Her love and passion for skin care, her nurturing touch and her sincere desire to help others come together to create a serene and relaxing spa experience.
Sonia Solomonson is a licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Massage Therapist, certified by the California Acupuncture Board and California Massage Therapy Council. Sonia earned her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Certificate of Massage Therapy at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
When deciding to go into healthcare, knowing her calling was to help and care for others, Sonia searched for an avenue that resonated with her values and belief system. Growing up with a love of nature and appreciation for preventative care, Traditional Chinese Medicine was a clear path. A medicine based on nature, accounting for all aspects of health, with an emphasis on patient empowerment and teaching daily and lifelong habits. Sonia is proud to be helping others in times of need, giving a listening ear, strength, encouragement and tools to live a fulfilling and healthy life. She offers both therapeutic massage and acupuncture treatments at Urban Calm.
Stacey Downing, Massage Therapist, received her education at Body Mind College in Sorrento Valley where she also pursued her certificate in Holistic Counseling. She received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Cincinnati in 1999. Stacey is also a third level Reiki Master. She studied and received her training through the Academy of Holistic Health in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, Stacey studied yoga and received her teacher training through David Swenson, Tim Miller and Larry Schultz.
Since her graduation Stacey has worked in many different environments such as personal training, nutritional counseling, chiropractics and has even taught Ashtanga yoga and ballroom dance at Arther Murray.
The body has always fascinated Stacey and she especially loves learning about nutrition and helping others bring healthy eating into their lives. She has recently worked as a detox/nutrition counselor for a chiropractic practice in Austin, Texas. There she helped place patients on 35 day structured cleanse programs and worked closely with them to monitor and support them throughout the process.
Stacey's biggest love in life is animals and in 2009 she attended the Northwest School of Animal Massage where she earned her S.A.M.P. (Small Animal Massage Practitioner) license. She enjoys bringing health and healing to the four-legged friends of the world as well.
Stacey specializes in Deep Tissue, Sports, Trigger Point, Shiatsu, and Prenatal Massage. Her passion for these modalities, extensive experience and intuitive touch make for a truly therapeutic and healing massage experience at Urban Calm.
Sonya Swetich Goodwin, Holistic Health Practitioner, graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and minors in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies. She became attracted to studying massage therapy after reading research on its positive affects in treating depression and many other states of distress. Sonya attended the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2000 from an 1150 hour program with a certificate in Neuromuscular Therapy.
In 2001 Sonya began working at The Four Seasons Aviara and remained there for over seven years. During that time she also traveled to Thailand and studied massage in Chiang Mai. She then moved on to The Chopra Center where she became more deeply conscious and aware of working with the subtle energies of the body.
While pregnant with her daughter, Sonya received Craniosacral Therapy for the first time and fell in love with this gentle approach to healing. It was the deepest work she had ever experienced, yet it was applied in such a subtle, light, non-intrusive and supportive manner. She knew this was a modality she wanted to explore and so she began her journey of studying Craniosacral Therapy in 2007 and enrolled in a 700 hour training program in 2008. During her schooling, which she considered a difficult, yet beautiful experience, she learned about the intricacies of the human body and herself. She found herself especially enthralled with the underlying physiology of emotional well-being. Over time Craniosacral Therapy has evolved into a passion of Sonya's.
Sonya remains passionate about the healing affects of all types of massage and specializes not only in Craniosacral Therapy but also in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Prenatal Massage. She enjoys getting to know the needs of her clients and creating customized, therapeutic massage sessions that will be most beneficial to each person she touches.
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Urban Calm Featured On KUSI News
Urban Calm Featured On Fox News
944 Magazine San Diego - May 2010
Ranch & Coast Magazine-March 2010
“At Urban Calm Spa downtown, owner/aesthetician Heidi Olden uses Enessa, an organic skin care line that is vegan and doesn’t contain artificial ingredients, harsh fragrances, or detergents. “The skin is the largest organ,” Olden says. “I see a lot of faces and there is a distinct difference between the healthy glow a person can achieve through taking good care of their skin naturally and the artificial look of skin that has been stripped with peels and injected with harmful, toxic substances.” (www.urbancalmspa.com)”
Best of San Diego 2007
“Heidi Olden worked at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, rated among the top spas in the world, before opening her own “spa sanctuary,” Urban Calm (726 Ninth Avenue, 619-236-1395), in downtown's up-and-coming East Village earlier this year. There she performs threading, an ancient hair-removal technique rooted in the Middle East. Twisted cotton threads are rolled over the hair shaft, plucking it out at the follicle. Olden was trained by esthetician-to-the-stars Michelle Ornstein (who's tamed Cher's brows).