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 pampering begins the moment patrons step through Awe Spa's door. They are invited to sample complimentary hot tea and cookies while lounging in leather recliners, and don plush bathrobes woven from cotton that really believed it was a cloud. But the real royal treatment begins when clients enter private massage rooms. Here, a team of licensed therapists relax tense muscles with hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Thai massages, sometimes incorporating the calming perfumes of aromatherapy oils. A selection of exfoliating body scrubs can also leave skin smooth and scented with tamarind or green tea.
The Art of You Holistic Center heals bodies with relaxing treatments performed both indoors and out. Classic facials and back treatments evict dirt from the skin, and massages—which range from deep tissue to Swedish—turn tense muscles into butter. The center also offers acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and only uses natural products that are free of parabens, sulfates, and poltergeists.
The certified masters of muscle stiffness mitigation at onspot massages carefully untie the tight knots of tendon tension with a smorgasbord of relaxing massage rubdowns. Opt for the long, sweeping strokes of the Swedish massage to help improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, and gelatinize muscles into the consistency of freshly churned butter while enjoying a creamy sea of deep relaxation and Scandinavian surrealism. Bring bodies back into neuromuscular balance with a deep-tissue massage by soothing sinews with slow strokes and penetrative pressure to treat soft-tissue injuries, relieve muscular pain, and increase circulation. A sports massage ails athletes by focusing on the set of muscles used in their particular sport, enhancing endurance and performance while lessoning the chance for future injury. Influenced by the Chinese system of acupuncture and cocktail wiener preparation, the shiatsu massage replaces needles with kneads to arouse the body's energy pathways and bolster general wellness. Onspot massages provides a back-relieving pregnancy massage for clients carrying womb tenants, as well as a reflexology massage that can target various areas of the body through a hidden remote control in the sole of the foot. Clients receive an aromatherapy hot-towel therapy as a calming coda to their restorative treatments.
Massage therapists often help only the individuals they treat, but Carol Carpenter had a broader vision than that. She copied the notes she took when studying massage therapy and opened her own school in Oakland, elucidating Eastern styles, Western styles, and kinesiology alike. Eventually, the school was supplied federal financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education and became one of the first accredited massage schools in California. Today, it spans seven campuses and has garnered a mention in the book The History of Massage.
The school aims to prepare students for careers they’ll love, and the program boasts an 88% job-placement rate. The curriculum demands that students complete a 900-hour program, which includes anatomy study and hands-on practice with real clients.
You don't have to be a celebrity to get treated like one at Hollywood Beauty Bar. That's because the spa pampers its clients with services that boast names fit for stars. The Lights, Camera, Glow! double peel sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal camera-ready skin, the Leading Man/Leading Lady custom facial attentively tailors its treatment to each client's skin type, and the Red Carpet Ready facial clears up blemishes for awards shows thrown by adoring pets.
The hotspot doesn't just make regular spa appointments––they rent out the whole space for private events including bridal showers and birthdays. During the events, they treat guests to facial and massage packages administered by doting professionals, and sate appetites with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.