The founders of Liberation Yoga were probably flattered when their studio was named one of LA Weekly's best yoga studios in 2013. But it wasn't the highest honor they'd ever received?in 2007, Travel+Leisure crowned Liberation Yoga one of the best studios in the entire world.
Those are just two of the numerous awards the studio has accumulated since it opened in the early 2000s, right when the '90s fitness craze of teasing hair until your arms gave out began to decline. Perhaps the praise is due to the fact that the majority of its yoga instructors boast more than a decade of experience. Or maybe it's because they focus solely on yoga while still offering a wide variety of classes types. That class range includes from gentle styles of yoga, which relieve stress, to flow classes, which challenge the body with rigorous, Vinyasa-style movements, to classes specifically designed for families and toddlers.
Or maybe it's the classroom itself?a bright, mystical place where mismatched dark and light hardwood slats cover the floors, natural light pours through the windows, and a sky-blue ceiling slants toward the outer wall. Touches such as tree-like wooden poles, greenery and flowers, and brown vines complete the fairytale look, making the studio a magic place in which to move and obtain inner peace.
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.
To promote wellness, Wilshire Spa gathers earthly elements believed to have healing properties, designs entire rooms around them, and then heats them to soothing temperatures. Cozy quarters lined with mineral salt help enhance the skin's oxygen absorption, whereas rooms of pure onyx are designed to improve metabolism and relieve muscle stiffness. The mid-temperature charcoal room, meanwhile, provides a quiet space in which to meditate and detoxify, and surrounds patrons with yellow ocher imported from Korea. After spending time in each room, guests can reinvigorate themselves or test the resolve of their mood ring by plunging into a cold bath.
The spa further encourages renewal through massages and facials. Its signature massage combines a Korean full-body scrub, a Swedish-inspired mineral-oil massage, and a shampoo and conditioning treatment for the hair, as well as a cucumber facial mask and warm dip in a milk bath. The decor also serves up tranquility: Renaissance-style murals and an abundance of pink orchids create a sense of calm, and the women's lounge area features pale-green walls crisscrossed by white outlines resembling trees.
Most gyms don't limit their membership enrollment, which is why Meridian's Bodies in Motion does. By managing their member count, the workout areas are less crowded and visitors can step right up to machines without wasting precious calorie-burning minutes waiting in line. The staff can focus on keeping the facility clean and getting acquainted with clients, adding personal touches such as greeting members by name every time they enter and swipe their membership card, which means "hello" in several languages.
At each facility, a team of certified fitness instructors encourages exercise efforts during an array of group classes, including Zumba, spin, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and cross-training. The certified personal trainers devise customized workout routines and monitor exercisers' forms as they carve muscles lifting free weights and slim down on cardio and strength-training equipment from Icarian, Hammer Strength, Precor, and FreeMotion. Special features—such as racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, indoor basketball courts, boxing rings, childcare, and cuddly kitten pits—vary depending on location.
Though its name stems from its signature service, Touch Massage has recently expanded its focus to encompass a range of spa treatments and wellness services. Inside the spa, massage therapists ease muscular pain through long strokes and focused pressure during eight types of massage, including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports, and reflexology. They further encourage relaxation with add-ons such as aromatherapy oils, which blend scents of tangerine, pine, eucalyptus, basil, distilled Hawaiian sunshine, and peppermint. The staff also performs facials that rely on organic oils, deep-cleansing skincare products, and vitamin-infused solutions. To tend to clients? joints as well as skin, the spa's two owners?both certified Pilates instructors?teach slow, rhythmic movements in Pilates Reformer classes. A trusted destination for great massages for 10 years, Touch recently relocated across the street, taking their shop from Beverly Hills to LA, and evolving into a destination of overall wellness. Take relaxation to another level thanks to their dedicated, underground parking making your visit that much easier.
The stresses and anxieties of the outside world dissipate at the hands of Bahn Sabai’s massage therapists and aestheticians, who usher patrons into a stress-free oasis and set their minds at ease with a list of rejuvenating spa services. Hard walls of tension crumble under the influence of the therapists’ signature massages, which range from the botanically based relaxation of herbal ball and aromatherapy techniques to the focused finger pressures of Japanese shiatsu. Customized massages take the spa experience one step further, blending various modalities to accommodate the unique contours of your muscles and wind-up keyhole.
To keep countenances in enviable form, Bahn Sabai's aestheticians use microdermabrasion, which scares off dead skin cells, scarring, and age spots with ultra-fine crystals and menacing thunderclaps. When dealing with fine lines and other facial fissures, they harness the noninvasive light energy of LED light therapy to stimulate collagen production and enhance circulation.