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.
Arcadia Thai Spa's inviting, homey reception area matches its private treatment rooms. In both the lobby and treatment quarters, orchids and soft textiles create a natural sense of comfort. Whereas sunlight floods the reception area, dim light prevails in the treatment rooms, originating from votive candles and the incandescent eyes of live panthers. In these quiet rooms, beauty professionals perform Thai-style spa treatments.
Skincare treatments for the face primarily target conditions related to aging. The Hydra Medic acne treatment neutralizes bacteria and repairs lesions with potent botanical ingredients. Designed for older skin, the Vita Cura 5 treatment dissolves damaged skin tissues, uncovering fresh new skin with fewer age spots. During Thai massages, therapists use their hands, knees, legs, and feet to relieve clients' muscular pain and train for the Twister world championships.
The Finest Nails & Spa offers enough services to create an entire day of pampering. Nail appointments range from express mani-pedis to full acrylics and silk wraps. In a nearby private treatment room, facials and microdermabrasion treatments prep facial canvases for eyelash extensions and permanent makeup applications. An aesthetician also removes unwanted hair across the body and its shadow. Days can end with a custom massage, where therapists combine Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques to help bodies unwind.
Ace Rehab relies on a combination of physical therapy, medical massage, and alternative medicine treatments to restore optimal function to bodies. Licensed physical therapists can help heal ailments ranging from muscle strains to torn ligaments to arthritis. Health experts create custom fitness programs, too, taking into account a patient's injury and one's ability to heal. Qualified patients even get free transportation to and from the clinic.
Medical massages incorporate such techniques as targeted deep-tissue kneads and gentle Swedish strokes, and can complement the physical therapy. Ace's acupuncturists can also help with problems unrelated to pain, such as rosacea and infertility.
Every time David Kuo got hurt playing sports as a child, his mother did what most mothers would do?she gave him tender affection and a couple of painkillers. And most of the time, he'd accept the love but toss out the pills. Growing up, David always felt there had to be another way of bolstering health and recovering from injuries aside from conventional medicine. Inspired by this notion, he went on to attain a BS in sports medicine from Pepperdine University before earning a doctorate of chiropractic from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1994.
Since then, Dr. Kuo?the owner of HealthSource of Pasadena?has helped patients to feel and stay healthy with treatments he says are focused on "supporting the body's own innate intelligence to heal itself." Blending his experiences as an exercise physiologist and sports-medicine specialist with his chiropractic training, he's treated an array of conditions ranging from lingering backaches to chronic bed-wetting to vision-impairing astigmatisms. Dr. Kuo often says to people, "I've gotten three women pregnant," jokingly referring to the female patients who've come to him for treatment because of difficulties conceiving or an immobilizing fear of storks.
Opened in 2007, HealthSource of Pasadena's 1,300-square-foot facility houses three treatment rooms, one massage room, and one rehabilitation area. Dr. Kuo emphasizes patient education by decorating the office with information-laden items, including anatomical posters that the licensed massage therapists use to show patients how the hipbone's connected to the knee bone.
Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Peggy Lo calls on her master's degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine to create holistic treatments that help her clients achieve balance in their lives. Her expertise in a variety of healing modalities, including moxibustion, Qi Gong and tui na, and trigger-point quick-needling techniques helps her diminish clients' pain effectively without medication, and abdominal acupuncture, or Fu Zhen therapy, can often help banish allergies. Her talents even extend into the aesthetic realm through acupuncture facelifts and facial tui na.