At Blue Sand Mind & Body, a group of practitioners comes together to ply its signature trade: traditional Thai massage. Generally considered more rigorous than other modalities, Thai massage mixes stretching maneuvers with deep and targeted pressure. For those who prefer a more relaxing massage, the staff is equally proficient at Swedish, Hawaiian lomilomi, and hot-stone massage, among other treatments. Like a really good wide receiver, Blue Sand is open every day of the week and caters to those with busy schedules by staying open until 8 p.m. each day.
Having trained and studied throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, Rachel Petkus L.Ac now shares her passion for holistic well-being at Healing for Balance. Though she's a licensed acupuncturist, she also offers other therapeutic treatments that include Thai massage and cupping. Whatever treatment she's performing, Rachel is focused on jump-starting the body's natural healing processes while supporting clients' physical as well as mental health. To help clients achieve this mind-body balance, she also leads Kundalini-based yoga classes that can incorporate chanting, meditation, and mindful breathing exercises.
At Zen Massage Place, the massage therapists erase stress with soothing massage treatments. Herbs, sea salt, or flowers enhance foot soaks before foot reflexology treatments; likewise, thai hot herbal balls or hot stones are employed during full-body massages. Other options include deep-tissue, Shiatsu, or Swedish massage techniques, as well as relaxing treatments that include a rain shower and body scrub for soft skin.
LA Bliss Spa's staff soothes tired skin and frayed nerves by providing a friendly environment where clients can let go of every concern except their need for pampering. Skilled aestheticians perfect skin with a menu of facials that includes custom exfoliation and pore-cleaning variations. Facials use the Bioelements skincare line to diminish signs of aging such as lines and pigmentation in shades not in compliance with the official human color wheel. To purge the body of stress, massage therapists use Lanikai Bath and Body products, which are imported from Hawaii and nourish frames with a vegan roster of sweet almond and coconut oil. Therapists also utilize the healing properties of heated stones to relieve muscle discomfort and release endorphins back into the wild.
One day there will come a time when your consciousness can be uploaded to a computer. Until then, it's important that you maintain your body. That's where the licensed massage therapists at Studio Massage & Skincare come in. In the comfort of a private room, a skilled muscle mender can use light to moderate Swedish strokes to promote relaxation, or ease chronic, lower-layer aches with deep-tissue pressure. Clients may also pair bodywork with indulgent add-ons such as an exfoliating scrub or soothing aromatherapy.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular service: Thai massage
Brands Used: None
Pro Tip: Try the combination of Swedish, traditional Thai, and hot-stone massage.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Professional massage using a combination of Swedish massage, Thai massage, and hot-stone therapy. Thai massage involves stretching and acupressure to promote vascular- and energy-flow. Swedish massage is a more relaxing technique that incorporates oil and smooth pressure. Hot-stone therapy uses heated stones to treat specific problem areas needing heat and direct pressure.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
While living and growing up in Thailand, I liked getting massages from my auntie. I learned Thai massage and realized that I am very good at it.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
Several clients have told me that I gave them the best massages of their lives. Those comments made me feel good about what I am doing. My massage teachers also told me that I have naturally good hands for massage.