Ore-rich salt crystals mined from the Himalayas. Mud dug from the mountains of Korea's Chungcheong Jincheon region. Such substances, prized for their energizing and detoxifying powers, line the floors and walls of Crystal Spa's four mineral-therapy rooms constructed in the style of a traditional Korean jimjilbang. Beyond these natural therapies, the facility also maintains a designation as an Aveda Concept spa. This means that its practitioners use Aveda's plant-derived products during each massage, body treatment, and facial they perform. Further amenities include soft water fresh from the spa's filtration system, complimentary WiFi, multiple big-screen TVs, and a cinema-size viewing screen that plays sporting events, movies, and 42-hour vacation slideshows. The staff also serves select dishes from Korean restaurant Sohyang in a café replete with traditional low tables and floor-level seating.
Balanced Bodyworks LA caters to active clients of all types—yogis, runners, cyclists, dancers—but they have one singular goal: to increase performance. Whether clients are recovering from an injury, prepping for a marathon, or learning how to buckle a heavyweight championship belt, the staff here uses sports and medical massage to instill in their clients the physical aptitude necessary to compete and succeed.
The certified therapists target pain and spur injury recovery with orthopedic sports massages, which use techniques such as manipulation and soft tissue movement to improves range of motion and overall performance. They also perform medical and therapeutic massage, each one its own unique brand of restorative bodywork. Balanced Bodyworks LA is also affiliated with acupuncturists, fitness instructors, and healing practitioners, all qualified and intent on further helping athletes prepare for their passions.
Licensed acupuncturist Antonio Whiteley found his passion for Eastern medicine in an unlikely place: a premed classroom at the University of Southern California. He was a student in the program when he realized other forms of healing were his calling, so he left USC for Samra University and earned a master's degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He followed that up by studying microcurrent technology and completing acupuncture orthopedics courses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Today, he and his staff at Body and Soul Acupuncture help patients rehabilitate and manage pain during acupuncture, microcurrent therapy, and stress-release treatments. They augment each treatment with Evergreen Herbal products and host clients inside warm treatment rooms with soothing music from the Amazon rainforest's latest mixtape.
While working toward her masters degree in Oriental medicine, certified acupuncturist Valerie Brown interned at the Chengdu University hospital in the Sichuan province of China. There, she learned firsthand the role that communal acupuncture plays in China's healthcare system. Though she practiced acupuncture in Santa Fe and Atlanta, it wasn't until opening her clinic in Los Angeles that she began to incorporate the communal aspects of Chinese medicine.
In a feature on KCAL 9 News, Brown said, "the whole purpose is to make healthcare accessible and affordable." Adopting the Chinese traditions of communal rooms and a sliding scale of payment, the clinic makes it easier to receive regular treatment for chronic conditions.
As a longtime West Los Angeles health clinic, the Mar Vista Health Center has been providing basic and homeopathic care to Westside residents and anyone willing to make the trek to this speedy strip of Mar Vista. The clinic’s entrance, thankfully tucked away from the bustle of freeway-adjacent Sawtelle Boulevard, leads to a doctor’s office staffed by friendly experts in the fields of chiropractic therapy, acupuncture and even massage. There are three different Doctors of Chiropractic at the Health Center along with a licensed acupuncturist, each with degrees from top schools and years of experience. Stop by the well-appointed, clinical space for an adjustment, an exam or even just dietary advice to help with conditions ranging from disc problems to addiction, depression and sleep issues.
The staffers at Acupuncture with Heart all have 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.