A giant Buddha head greets every visitor to Sparadise La Brea, his wise eyes illuminated by flickering candlelight as a fountain babbles and simple greenery grows silently around him. This tranquil scene sets the mood for the entire spa, whose mission—much like the Buddha's—is to encourage visitors to reach a Zen-like state free from stress and physical pain.
The staff members work towards this goal with a slate of massage modalities and other relaxing treatments. Gentle Swedish strokes soothe surface tension with the help of warm almond, lemongrass, or eucalyptus massage oils, Thai yoga uses stretches, compressions, and gentle rocking to improve circulation and flexibility while also targeting acupressure points, and water-heated stones allow warmth to radiate and loosen taut muscles. With an emphasis on total-body relaxation, the Thai herbal foot spa includes a fragrant soak of herbs, oils, and teas that leaves the feet and legs as tension-free as a suspension bridge on the Moon.
Guests at Relax Spa and Beauty ? Burbank, 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 recently remodeled and expanded their facility. The updated location, which boasts a much larger space, has reopened with a new look, services, products, and more.
With services that include deep-cleansing facials, anti-aging and acne treatments, and hair removal for men and women, The DollHouse Beauty makes skin look as pristine and smooth as the porcelain face of a doll. Other services spruce up the rest of the appearance; eyelash extensions and makeup enhance facial features, and updos sweep hair into the pinned curls and cascading tendrils that befit a dinner at a formal 7-11. But visits to the studio aren't just functional—they're also fun. Full-body massages disentangle muscle knots with heated stones, aromatherapy, and deep-tissue work. And every first Friday of the month, corks pop and champagne flows during celebrations dubbed Champagne Fridays.
In a second-floor studio on a quaint, tree-lined road, the licensed massage therapists and aestheticians of Radiance of Life Mini Day Spa revive sore bodies and weary spirits. In cozy, private rooms, calming fragrances and sweeping motions ease bodily tension and sensory malaise during aromatherapy massages. Deep-tissue massages liberate painful gridlock from muscles and joints, and acupuncture sessions boost the flow of energy throughout the body. An aesthetician applies blends of vitamins, plant oils, and enzymes to the skin to rekindle the face's glowing complexion. The spa also furnishes a larger room with two beds designated for couples massages or make-believe luge competitions.
The massage therapists at Chiang Mai Health Spa knead away stress and pain with a service menu culled from the best techniques of the East and West. Like their teachers before them, the therapists specialize in Thai massage, a modality that combines vigorous massage strokes with guided stretching, and may be upgraded to incorporate warm packets of soothing Thai herbs. Traditional Western techniques include Swedish and deep-tissue massage?which help stimulate lymph flow for greater detoxification?as well as pregnancy massage, which helps ease the tension felt by expectant mothers or over-loaded storks. The spa stays open late seven days a week to accommodate busy schedules.
As the name suggests, Cinema Wellness takes a panoramic approach to health, labeling itself 'an aesthetic whole-body boutique". The spa's clients can solicit skilled aestheticians for an organic mani-pedi, hair removal, or especially indulgent treatments ranging from chemical peels and facials to full-body exfoliating scrubs. The spa also staffs a team of licensed massage therapists to temper achy sinews with flowing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure. When not pampering clients within in their elegant facility, many of Cinema's wellness warriors proudly volunteer for The American Cancer Society.