Guests at Relax Spa and Beauty – Skincare Studio, winner of Citysearch's Best Relaxation Massage 2008, unwind with head-to-toe treatments. Aestheticians exfoliate complexions with one of their relaxing facials, uncovering brighter skin and erasing war paint left over from games of capture the flag. A collection of massage services coaxes tension from muscles, and body treatments remove dead skin cells from the surface with handmade scrubs or a eucalyptus body wash that cleans off unwanted grime and attracts neighborhood koala bears.
Celebrating their 10th year in business, Relax Spa and Beauty has temporarily relocated while they work to remodel and expand their original location. The updated location will reopen with a new look, services, products, and more. During the transition, clients can still take advantage of some of their award-winning services at their skincare studio, located inside Salon Republic.
Swedish massage relies largely on a technique known as effleurage. Learn how it zaps stress with Groupon's peek at this basic stroke.
Effleurage is the glue that holds a Swedish massage together. Its smooth, gliding strokes may not deliver much pressure—the word itself is taken from a French verb that means "to touch lightly"—but the technique simultaneously soothes the nerves, boosts circulation, and allows the massage therapist to identify problem zones that need extra attention. Because effleurage doubles as an assessment tool, many therapists begin each massage with it, usually by gliding their open palms lightly across the body to feel for tense spots and potholes while acclimating the client to their touch. This form of effleurage is known as "superficial," and it serves a soothing prelude, epilogue, and transitional movement between deeper, more focused kneading.
A slightly more forceful style of effleurage is known as "deep effleurage." This form still uses gliding strokes, only with more pressure, as the therapist aims to stretch out the muscle tissue and the web of connective tissue that covers it. Therapists will generally direct the first part of their deep-effleurage stroke towards the heart, finishing with a lighter return stroke away from it. Not only does this warm up tissues for deeper muscle work, but it can also speed up the movement of blood and lymph fluid. This boost in circulation can help drain fluid from injured areas, reducing painful pressure while also releasing endorphins that further relax the entire body.
Chaba Herbal Spa & Thai Yoga Massage’s owner traveled the world to bolster her therapeutic knowledge. She began studying the art of Thai massage in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Watpro Traditional Medical School. After finishing her program, she packed her bags and journeyed to Los Angeles, where she accumulated a pet palm tree and 500 hours of massage-therapy schooling with a focus on traditional Thai massage. She uses this combination of cultural knowledge and varied techniques to treat clients with massages that fuse multiple disciplines into one soothing session. She also surrounds her clients with Thailand-influenced decor, including green plants, live flowers, and bubbling fountains that ease stress. In addition to massages, the spa also offers skin and body treatments, waxing services, and reflexology sessions.
Along the quaint, well-preserved streets of Kenneth Village, Ariada Salon Spa's vintage exterior conceals a three-floor haven for modern beauty services. Inside, at mirrored stations, stylists specialize in color correction, Brazilian blowouts, waxing, and bridal services, prepping the hair and nails of the betrothed with OPI polishes and Difiaba and Moroccanoil conditioners. An onsite boutique equips clients with Witchy Poo Lotions & Potions and True Apothecary Candles, which can be combined at home to amplify a relaxing bath or invoke the beautifying intervention of Venus.
The Spa's licensed and certified professionals promote pulchritude and pamperization via a variety of spa services. Revitalize your visage with the hour-long signature facial, which combines cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction to clear away facial debris. Like high-end hockey-goalie uniforms, the treatment also includes a mask suited to each client's particular skin type. Choose the 60-minute Swedish massage and immerse your carcass in light to medium pressures that relieve tension between feuding muscles and create a heightened sense of wellbeing. The included $10 gift card can be used toward a service upgrade or an additional service or as a compatible companion for a lonely $10 bill. It is suggested that clients arrive 15 minutes prior to their first appointment, which will give them time to fill out paperwork, relax, and enjoy fruits and beverages provided by The Spa.
California native Jania Foxworth's massage education took her all the way to South America, where she fine-tuned techniques such Swedish strokes and Thai bodywork under the guidance of highly trained muscle menders. This was a magnificent stepping stone. Now, Foxworth's client roster includes athletes, actors, and even notable celebs––The Office's Angela Kinsey and Glee's Heather Morris, to name a few. While enjoying a therapeutic massage, guests may request sumptuous add-ons such as an exfoliating foot scrub or soothing aromatherapy.