At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.
Guests arriving to The Raven Spa may find themselves feeling like they've traveled a thousand miles away from their everyday cares. The aesthetic is both spiritual and indulgent, with stone statues that stand sentinel beside a plush purple couch and lush, sun-drenched drapes and glistening chandeliers holding court over an eastern-inspired communal massage chamber. A colorful patio overflowing with exotic flowers welcomes visitors to sit and soak in sunlight streaming between red and white umbrellas, creating a peaceful oasis for quiet reading or self-reflection. "Whoever comes here feels like it's their own," a front desk manager told LX TV's 1st Look, "Our whole goal is to take you away from whatever's out there."
The spa's international decor also mirrors its diverse menu of services, which includes acupuncture, facials, and hammam??a traditional Turkish soak that corrals plant extracts and herbs to nourish and detoxify the body. Therapists work out imbedded muscle kinks through seven varieties of massage including traditional Thai massage, which combines rhythmic kneads with yoga-like stretches and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which often sees practitioners using their elbows to nudge tension until it gets the hint and leaves.
The massage therapists at Island Thai Massage use their thumbs, palms, elbows, and knees to compress muscles during traditional Thai massages. They even provide clients with comfortable clothing, allowing them to get the most out of their treatment by stretching freely. Other specialties include soothing hot-stone massages, reflexology, and gentle prenatal massages for expectant mothers. The comfortable, inviting massage studio is located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, dubbed "the coolest block in America" by GQ.
In addition to being experts in the art of Thai massage, the bodywork specialists at Bua Massage and Spa also know their way around Western techniques such as Swedish massage, sports massage, and pregnancy massage. Hot stones or herbal balls may be added on to treatments to enhance relaxation or keep pet goats occupied during the treatment. Body scrubs followed by vichy showers leave skin exfoliated and cleansed, while waxing services banish unwanted hair from faces, bikini zones, and legs.
Ruby-red walls and gold accents greet guests as they enter the lobby of i Sabai Thai Spa, a serene getaway in which massage therapists perform an array of massage modalities. The specialists administer Thai, Swedish, and deep-tissue techniques to help clients relax and rejuvenate after a long week at the office or a short day at the boxing ring. They also elevate bliss levels during most any service by introducing elements such as hot stones and herbal balls.
As its name implies, Relax House Massage pampers guests with muscle-soothing treatments. Skilled therapists tackle knots with gliding Swedish strokes, heated stones, or the gentle stretching of a Thai massage. A licensed cosmetologist is also on hand to beautify exteriors with facials and waxing services.