At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.
Licensed aesthetician and Bay Area?native Barbara Zaller didn?t always know massage therapy was her calling. After beginning her career as a dental assistant, then taking time off to raise her son, Barbara entered the professional fray once more. From her outpost at Butterfly Yoga, Barbara pampers clients with facials, customized peels, professional teeth whitening, massage therapy, and skin therapy. She swathes faces in luxe products from brands such as Dermalogica and DermaQuest, which she uses to treat acne, rosacea, and damaged skin. Her dexterous fingers ease stress from muscles during Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, and sports massage. She performs specific body work on areas more annoying than a little sister?s obsession with megaphones and complimenting people's work ethics.
At Enliven Nail & Spa, nailcare doesn't merely beautify hands and feet. The spa's mani-pedis also restore the health of nails and rejuvenate feet, and hand treatments can remove calluses, moisturize skin, and minimize the appearance of dark spots. But the spa offers more than just nailcare: the staff also beautifies clients with anti-aging facials and microdermabrasion, and pampers with a variety of massage therapy techniques.
Fashionable makeovers and indulgent pampering collide inside of Royal Beauty Salon. Here, stylists craft sleek haircuts and reinvent hairstyles whose patents expired in the '80s. The staff uses wax to remove body hair from problem areas and leave the skin soft to the touch. And with a dazzling array of colored polishes at their disposal, nail technicians can narrow in on fingers and toes, shaping and dressing the nails and rewarding the hands and feet that support them with aromatherapy scrubs and warm-lotion massages.