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.
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.
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.
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.
Valley Bliss offers a range of massage modalities including deep tissue, Swedish, and circulatory, to catalyze the body's natural healing capacities. In addition to therapeutic bodywork sessions, Valley Bliss services restore skin to a balanced, healthy state, whether through purifying pores with manual cleansing or promoting exfoliation with botanical peels. The studio's experienced beauty pros operate within a space that eliminates distractions and promotes serenity by eschewing decorations and chatty waterfalls in favor of bare, whitewashed walls and hardwood floors.