From the walls that enclose Zena Day Spa's 6,000-square-foot space, one can almost feel sun seeping from the great, rough-hewn stone blocks and murals influenced by the ancient Egyptians. Intricately woven gold speckled with authenticity-testing bite marks trims Victorian-style couches, upon which clients nip at complimentary beverages. Extremities wrapped around warm mugs or wading through luxurious carpet prepare for dips in oil, paraffin, and a warm lotion or cooling gel infused with sea salt, and beautifiers overhaul hair, nails, skin and bodies with opulent spa and salon treatments.
Organic, semipermanent makeup accentuates facial features, and bold brushstrokes paint exotic scenes behind pedicure chairs and above gleaming marble countertops. The scent of potted lilies rides waves of eucalyptus-infused steam past the strawberry-blond wooden slats that border a sauna. The spa's private showers are ideal for relaxing cleanup or tearful regrets about taking cotton candy in the shower.
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.
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.
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.
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 therapists at Blue Diamond Spa render skincare services, massage therapy, and energy healing. From facials and micropeels to seaweed treatments and body waxing, experienced skincare specialists remove dead skin cells from surfaces and dirt from pores with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. Massage therapists knead out tension and help prevent injury by applying various degrees of pressure, like parents trying to get a perfect child to eat dessert for once. Alternate therapies treat more stubborn imperfections with plastic surgery and Zerona laser treatments that help patients lose weight. Their energy healing, meanwhile, can relieve chronic pain and fatigue. Blue Diamond Spa offers beauty injectables such as Botox and fillers, as well as Carboxy. In addition, there are two Ayurvedic-medicine practitioners on the staff.
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.