Despite its name, Elite Foot Spa is a haven of relaxation for the entire body—not just the feet. Licensed massage therapists soothe the senses with two-part treatments, first focusing on the feet and then working out tension from backs, necks, and shoulders. Draperies, potted plants, and rows of plush massage beds create a relaxed, peaceful ambience inside the studio. Guests can also enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.
Glowing with the warmth of thousands of contented sighs, the Royal Health Spa in Hacienda Heights offers a half a hundred ways to forget about your worries. Reds and golds dominate this sanctuary of serenity, which treats clients to steam rooms, saunas, and three temperature tubs. Elsewhere in the hideaway guests can kick back in the VIP lounge, or nibble treats from the fruit and snack bar.
Sister spa Sakura ups the ante with soothing massage and aromatherapy services to complement the steam sauna. Here, an assortment of thick carpets, bamboo wall fixtures, and hanging greenery completes the tropical feel. A San Gabriel Valley fixture for more than 20 years, Sakura Health Spa heals guests with uncommonly intense massages such as the Four Hands and the Lava Stone.
At Omni Massage, part of Omni Salon, clients can stride past the green plants that fleck the front door and stretch out on a massage table, ready for soothing strokes from the in-house massage therapist. The therapist's full-body kneads restore peace to anxious minds and muscles, improving circulation in the process. Omni Salon complements bodywork sessions with hair services, nail treatments, and skincare such as facials.
Harmony Day Spa of Monterey Park is a boutique day spa that specializes in reflexology and aromatherapy massage. At the spa's newly opened second location, therapists supplement relaxing Swedish and deep-tissue massages with popular extras such as hot packs and cooling gel pads for the eyes. Their signature foot massage induces relaxation by applying gentle pressure to the heel, toes, and sickle-shaped claw.
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.
The staff at Acupuncture with Heart includes licensed massage therapists, a chiropractor, and of course two acupuncturists, but each of these diverse specialists has the same goal: improving clients' holistic health. The acupuncturists attempt to accomplish this not only by inserting needles into clients' bodies to manipulate their energy flows, but also by recommending Chinese herbs for them to sip in teas or take as pills. The massage therapists similarly have several strategies for alleviating pain and tension. These include such familiar techniques as deep-tissue and Swedish massage, as well as specialty bodywork including kinesio taping, craniosacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage.