After 33 years of clinical and academic medicine, Dr. Edgar A. Guess Jr. expanded his medical repertoire by exploring alternative and holistic wellness techniques. In 1996, the retired OB/GYN and cancer surgeon founded Beverly Hills Wellness Center, where he and a team of physicians and healthcare providers aim to prevent illness and provide clients with the knowledge and services they need to maintain their health and independence. Dr. Guess is also the president-elect of the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, so his knowledge and experience informs the work of the center's International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy–certified therapist, as well.
Besides colon hydrotherapy, the health experts offer acupuncture and Oriental and Chinese herbal medicine. Additionally, the center's detoxifying treatments—which include infrared saunas, deep-tissue massages, and raw-juice cleanses—allow the body to rid itself of impurities that linger from their childhood paste-eating habit. They also offer health screenings, as part of their commitment to promoting early detection and empowering clients to monitor their own health at home.
Beröra means touch in Swedish, and that’s at the heart of this unconventional school’s philosophy: creating a fun way for couples to reconnect and relax. During sessions, two instructors coach six misty-eyed duos as they deliver easily mastered, Swedish-inspired strokes to their paramours. Teachers demonstrate beginner Beröra sequences from neck to toe before two-hour classes commence in a room ringed with mirrors, flickering candlelight, and soothing Norah Jones vocals. Clad in comfy, loose-fitting clothing, pupils de-stress under the flourishes of the Beröra 1-2-Bonus! method, designed to tenderize any body part. Fingers glide with provided oils and creams in an effort to fully soothe the Beröra Sexy Six Body Sections with specialized techniques. Couples gain insight usually reserved for massage therapists and competitive jugglers, including how to keep hands moving without suffering from fatigue. Enlightened students leave with a handout that sums up all of the Beröra methods necessary to easily reenact relaxation sessions at home.
Lauded on the pages of Fit magazine, as well as on computer screens on LA.com and TVs on E! News, Vida Emanuel European Day Spa has garnered well-deserved attention for 25 years. The spa’s owner opened her namesake beauty haven to provide locals of Beverly Hills and beyond with expertly executed skin and body services. Amid an elegant space embellished with gold accents, Emanuel’s highly trained crew of Certified Aesthetic Consultants, massage therapists, and laser specialists gets to work perfecting exteriors with more than 15 skin treatments, many of which feature Emanuel’s personal skincare line. On-trend beauty treatments include Yon-Ka facials and threading services, all-natural spray tans, massages, and laser hair-removal treatments. Clients who opt for more advanced therapies can pursue dermal-filler injections to plump fine lines, or try ultrasonic lipolysis, a painless procedure that helps pinch inches by breaking down fatty cells shaped like Twinkies.
“Never take for granted the privilege of doing what you love for a living,” says Liza Lewis, the owner of Spa 415, on her site. This philosophy is what spurs her to cull the most effective, restorative therapies and bestow them on clients within the French-Mediterranean day spa’s luxurious setting. From the damask sofas to the patterned wallpaper that’s seen through the flicker of candlelight, she creates a romantic, soothing atmosphere for tandem treatments with loved ones or an escape from everyday stresses.
The day spa’s roster of treatments spans all relaxation and beauty needs. From four-hand massages to chocolate-soufflé body wraps, the staff abolishes stress and helps nourish the skin with high-quality ingredients. They also reverse signs of aging with nonsurgical facial procedures and microroller treatments, which boost collagen to reduce wrinkles and permanent lines made from pillow creases.
Aestheticians at The M Day Spa forsake the one-size-fits-all approach, and prefer instead to consult with each client before giving any kind of skincare service. Once they know about a client’s skin type and habits, the aestheticians can administer individualized facials, peels, and body wraps that can help to reduce acne or hyperpigmentation. The spa’s gold collagen mask combines the youth-boosting power of collagen with gold leaf, a combination that helps to accelerate cell growth and allows properly gilded individuals to hide in rappers’ teeth. The aestheticians also place special emphasis on hygienic waxing services for men and women. During each of their services, the aestheticians wield a full range of high-end products from brands such as Christina, Image Skincare, and Amarin.
Sci-fi movies make it seem like a collection of lasers could only belong to a villain who’s up to no good. However, at Dr. LASER, the stockpile of Candela GentleLase, Lumenis LightSheer, Lutroinc Spectra, and Hoya ConBio lasers are used only for good. Dr. Richard Mantell uses beams of light to zap unwanted body hair or break up permanent ink after a falling out with a former favorite anchor. IPL and laser skin rejuvenation treatments rejuvenate appearance by removing acne, scarring, signs of aging, and discolorations, and the staff uses products from Obagi to clear facial surfaces and Latisse elixirs to grow lashes. In addition to laser treatments, Dr. LASER also offers juvederm and botox treatments to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.