From the walls that enclose Zena Day Spa's 6,000-square-foot space, one can almost feel sun seeping from the great, rough-hewn stone blocks and murals influenced by the ancient Egyptians. Intricately woven gold speckled with authenticity-testing bite marks trims Victorian-style couches, upon which clients nip at complimentary beverages. Extremities wrapped around warm mugs or wading through luxurious carpet prepare for dips in oil, paraffin, and a warm lotion or cooling gel infused with sea salt, and beautifiers overhaul hair, nails, skin and bodies with opulent spa and salon treatments.
Organic, semipermanent makeup accentuates facial features, and bold brushstrokes paint exotic scenes behind pedicure chairs and above gleaming marble countertops. The scent of potted lilies rides waves of eucalyptus-infused steam past the strawberry-blond wooden slats that border a sauna. The spa's private showers are ideal for relaxing cleanup or tearful regrets about taking cotton candy in the shower.
The therapists at Blue Diamond Spa render skincare services, massage therapy, and energy healing. From facials and micropeels to seaweed treatments and body waxing, experienced skincare specialists remove dead skin cells from surfaces and dirt from pores with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. Massage therapists knead out tension and help prevent injury by applying various degrees of pressure, like parents trying to get a perfect child to eat dessert for once. Alternate therapies treat more stubborn imperfections with plastic surgery and Zerona laser treatments that help patients lose weight. Their energy healing, meanwhile, can relieve chronic pain and fatigue. Blue Diamond Spa offers beauty injectables such as Botox and fillers, as well as Carboxy. In addition, there are two Ayurvedic-medicine practitioners on the staff.
Holden Zalma knows the toll that exertion can take on muscles. Before he received his massage license, he helped to train USC's football, basketball, and swimming teams while he studied to be a physical therapist. After graduation, Holden founded MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center, where he shares his burgeoning 20 years of massage-therapy experience with others. His philosophy is simple: alleviate pain and treat injuries by scouting out symptoms, hunting down their root causes, and treating the body as a whole by ignoring its unsightly seams. He and his staff of trained practitioners accomplish this task by blending techniques?such as massage, stretching, exercise, and acupuncture?to relieve pain, improve performance, and reduce the risk of future injuries.
Guru Chiropractic's dedicated spine aligners and massage therapists treat pained physiques with spinal and joint adjustments as well as massages to re-energize clients with active lifestyles. Guru's skilled practitioners mix chiropractic techniques to target different clients' ailments, and show patients a series of home exercises and stretches to alleviate whiplash, slip-and-fall injuries, and difficulties licking one’s own elbow. Staffers can also relieve soreness with sports, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massages.
Within the burnt-orange salon, expert stylists examine hair before taking scissors to strands and unleashing the professional bob or flirty long curls within. They specialize in Brazilian blowouts, which transforms curly or frizzy hair into smooth, straight lengths. A dedicated wedding stylist twists, braids, and knots hair into fancy updos for brides and maids of honor.
Vanity Fair says “A-listers swear by [it],” while US Weekly reported catching Hilary Swank and Busy Philipps at the spa. The reason for this celebrity clientele is simple—owner Jodi Shays was born to remove hair. The British aesthetician and waxing specialist reminisces on her website about her childhood, saying her mother thought she was crazy for shaving her legs at the tender age of eight. Years later, Shay found herself practicing waxing on herself and her willing girlfriends, before a friend and mentor finally convinced her to make her hobby a career. Thus, Queen Bee Salon & Spa was born. Shay has decorated each of her two locations with an eclectic collection of thrift-store finds, giving the already comfortable space a chic feel. Waxing is clearly the Queen Bee's specialty; the troupe uses a soft Italian wax to strip hair from every inch of the body, from The Full Monty (a Brazilian wax) to The De Bergerac, which removes nostril hair. Yet, the spa has also earned a reputation for its Epicuren and Sanitas facials, diamond-tipped microdermbrasion treatments, and organic-based airbrush tans that carry the light scent of cherry-almond. For a real pampering session, guests can head to the private mani-pedi suite. Flanked by bright white walls and flat-screen TVs, the room provides the perfect escape, especially once you add in the stack of gossip magazines, a glass of champagne, and, if your lucky, one of Shay's homemade baked goods.