San Diego Bodywork and Skincare Studio Reopens as Outdoor Day Spa

The Knotstop has adapted to the latest health guidelines by bringing its massage and body stretching offerings outdoors. Photo credit: The Knotstop

Since 2006, The Knotstop has been providing San Diegans with a haven for healing and rejuvenation. Like many other businesses, the bodywork and skincare studio, which typically offers massages, facials, and body stretching treatments in addition to housing a boutique that sells skincare, candles, jewelry, and gifts, was forced to temporarily close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After shutting down on March 14 and reopening on June 19, the spa was faced with a second state-mandated shutdown on July 13. In an effort to adapt, the team at The Knotstop brought the spa outdoors by building 10 outdoor cabanas in the studio’s parking lot and following specific sanitization protocols, welcoming its first clients back on July 19. While facials are available for booking yet, customers can now book outdoor massages and body stretching treatments, which are performed from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day. The boutique is also open inside the spa building. “Our business is all about keeping the body both flexible and healthy,” says Adam Shevel, owner of The Knotstop. “We decided to apply that same principle to our business. It seems to be working well in this time when de-stressing, staying immune strong and serving a useful purpose is crucial to all of us.”


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