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.
Though its name stems from its signature service, Touch Massage has recently expanded its focus to encompass a range of spa treatments and wellness services. Inside the spa, massage therapists ease muscular pain through long strokes and focused pressure during eight types of massage, including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports, and reflexology. They further encourage relaxation with add-ons such as aromatherapy oils, which blend scents of tangerine, pine, eucalyptus, basil, distilled Hawaiian sunshine, and peppermint. The staff also performs facials that rely on organic oils, deep-cleansing skincare products, and vitamin-infused solutions. To tend to clients’ joints as well as skin, the spa's two owners—both certified Pilates instructors—teach slow, rhythmic movements in Pilates Reformer classes. A trusted destination for great massages for 10 years, Touch recently relocated across the street, taking their shop from Beverly Hills to LA, and evolving into a destination of overall wellness. Take relaxation to another level thanks to their dedicated, underground parking making your visit that much easier.
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.
Though The M Salon sits on bustling Rodeo Drive, its interior wraps visitors in zen-like calm. Cool, marble halls lead to the waiting room, decorated, like the rest of the space, in sparse black-and-white hues accentuated with bright orchids. A miniature kitchen lets stylists brew coffee and espresso, slice fruits, and pour wines and champagne as complimentary refreshments for their clients, and modern cabinets tuck away premium products by Moroccanoil, OSMO, Brazilian Blowout, AVEDA and CND.
The carefully designed space by Pooya Goudarzi from VerteX design studio was long the dream of The M Salon's owner, Marjan. She began with a cosmetology license that followed with numerous certifications from Brazilian Blowout to CND shellac. She is also a certified cosmetology teacher by Santa Monica College . In addition to her newly learned specialties, Marjan has a passion for the ancient art of eyebrow threading, which uses carefully twisted cotton threads to gently remove unwanted facial hair.
“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.