At Body Wrap LA, the details are in the name. That's because the staffers at this body-wrap salon focus purely on its eponymous service, making sure that what they do, they do well. The interior space buzzes with music and the scents of aromatherapy as infrared body wraps swaddle customers for 50-minute sessions. During the treatment, customers lie in cocoons while blissfully awaiting the arrival of new wings. Because a watched wing never boils, flat-screen televisions and free wireless Internet keep minds entertained as bodies transform into svelte versions of their former selves.
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.
Firm Body Evolution pairs age-old practices with modern technology to help people look and feel younger. The fitness center specializes in natural weight loss and detox treatments on a cellular level to promote overall health, all the while focusing on relaxation. FBE's eclectic services work alone or in harmony to treat a slew of ailments with whole-body-vibration treatments, Jade Infrared Sauna sessions, and machine-assisted lymphatic compression massages. The generous 4,500-square-foot facility features private treatment rooms and more rarified amenities including an alkaline water station, aromatherapy-infused air, and free parking for commuter hot-air balloons.
At Optimal Health, the guiding principle is not one of curing conditions. Instead, the mission is to help to guide physical beings into natural balance by removing obstructions. Specializing in colon hydrotherapy, the International Association for Colon Therapy¬–certified business draws out physical and metaphysical blockages. Optimal Health also offers acupuncture treatments, ionic footbaths, chiropractic services, and herbal supplements.
For more than 2,500 years, individuals have been lulled into a tranquil state during Thai massage techniques that include rhythmic kneading, acupressure, gentle twisting, and deep stretching. The trained hands at El León Spa continue the ancient tradition, along with other modalities of massage, Turkish cleansing, and skin care treatments. The ambiance reflects the spas relaxing, Thai influenced services. Thai statues and decorative screens are surrounded by exposed wooden beams and lush plants. Every treatment at El León is carefully selected to deliver the utmost healing, relaxation, and harmony in a serene, peaceful environment.
In-Spiraling Movement Arts' co-director Lisa Marie Goodwin-Rice first became intrigued by the Gyrotonic Expansion System while she was dancing for companies such as LA Classical Ballet. Today, she shares her knowledge with students as one of only 16 Gyrotonic Expansion System master trainers throughout the world. Her spouse and directing partner, degreed biologist Jessie Rice, shares her interest in dance and also brings a scientific expertise in physical health.
In Gyrotonic classes, students stretch and twist with the help of pulleys, platforms, and an ape throwing barrels. The exercise style takes inspiration from sources as diverse as dance, gymnastics, and tai chi. The smooth motions of the machines used in the class minimize the risk of injury. Gyrokinesis classes combine the same undulating movements and sources of inspiration as Gyrotonics, but require no equipment other than a floor mat.
In-Spiraling Movement Arts' spa treatments promote wellness with ingredients such as Arnica Gold, a product of Jessie's own invention that causes pores to cry "Eureka!" Body wraps with the minerals of organic moor mud smooth cellulite deposits and slim the physique. The spa's infrared sauna raises internal temperatures and stimulates blood flow to improve the condition of skin and facilitate oxygen distribution.
The Sweat Shop LA's owners Shamina and Julian Ledesma love to make people sweat. It means they're burning calories, strengthening their cardiovascular systems, detoxifying their bodies, and enjoying the shop’s eco-certified cedar infrared saunas. The center’s saunas speed up metabolism, clear the mind, and enhance complexions in as little as 30 minutes. Post-heat, clients can welcome a bracing rush of water from the saunas’ filtered showers, which come stocked with organic products, towels, and water.
To extend relaxation past the sauna doors, Shamina and Julian enlist the help of Alexis Lovemonster and Anna McNiven, two women with degrees or licensing in such treatments as massage, acupuncture, reiki, and traditional Chinese medicine. The pair improves health and alleviates chronic pain with massage services, cupping, and acupuncture. The center also offers vitamin injections and ultrasonic laser body-contouring treatments that break down fat cells and tighten skin.