For licensed massage therapist Christopher Hulsebus, the hands are a just a small part of the massage experience. The Amma Shiatsu practitioner incorporates the forearms, knuckles, and elbows to alleviate deep-seated pains and counters constricted muscles with stretching techniques. Christopher also pulls from six other modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal—during sessions that take place within a tranquil, private room.
Mojos on 86th gives time-tested classics a contemporary twist, serving up a menu of locally sourced, seasonally shifting dishes. A generous lunch spread sports selections such as Wirth Farms lamb sliders ($10), laden with roasted shiitake mushrooms, roma tomatoes, and herb aioli, snackily sided with sweet-potato fries. A pre-dinner starter of rock-shrimp ceviche makes a compelling case for heatless cookery ($12), and innovative entrees tout the tastiness of flame-kissed, neighborhood-grown ingredients. Flavorful options include Iowa-raised pork medallions, served with savory chorizo-raisin bread pudding and ample lip-smacking flavors ($21). Vegetarians can seek beyond the salad horizon with crispy caramelized-onion and wild-mushroom polenta cakes with tomato and basil ragout ($19). The dessert menu offers continually shifting flavors, ensuring flighty sweet teeth are kept on their toes.
Open 24 hours a day, The Laundry Place conserves customers' time with speedy dry cleaning and attentive wash-and-fold services. After sorting laundry orders into piles of similarly colored items, friendly staffers pretreat stains and bathe clothes in a luxurious lather, which can be customized with a favorite detergent, softener, or smoothie mix-in (a small fee may apply; call the shop for details). One to two days later, duds return to their owners washed, dried, and folded. The dry-cleaning team evicts spots, smells, and wrinkles from a wide variety of garments, including wool suits and silk wedding gowns. Hangers are available for purchase upon request for most services, and coin-operated laundry machines regale guests with ocean sounds and legal advice as they clean T-shirts and sheets.
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.
While fashions change with the seasons, there will always be clothes that need dry cleaning. The artisans at Wise Cleaners have managed to master this skill, shunning the use of water as they vanquish stains from shirts, pants, and formal suits of armor. They're also able to handle blazers, dresses, and other tricky-to-clean items such as comforters.
The experts at LA Weight Loss understand the full breadth of the weight-loss process. Their counselors fuel clients’ drive to lose pounds—from the initial push to the last few difficult pounds—with moral support and custom diet plans that incorporate real, healthy foods instead of frozen dinners or icicle cocktails. In-store counseling helps clients tackle unhealthy habits head-on, and online support and chat rooms are always available to provide encouragement. The program’s metabolism-sparking beverages, lifestyle guides, and multivitamins sail directly to doorsteps faster than an Olympic runner hopped up on soy smoothies. A full palette of healthy recipes are complemented by nutritious meal bars and supplements packed with vitamins and minerals. Meanwhile, food scales, monthly diaries, and a portion-control kit help clients keep track of their eating habits and maintain accountability in their own homes.