When Susan Lange’s massage therapist suggested she try watsu, Lange knew as much about the therapy as most people—nothing. “We’re kind of obscure,” Lange says with a laugh, referring to the watsu community she now considers herself a member of. The therapy, whose name is derived from “water” and “shiatsu,” blends ancient Japanese finger massage with the restorative properties of warm water. In heated pools, therapists fully support their clients as they administer a combination of massage, stretching, and instant-rice-cooking techniques. After her first watsu experience, Lange writes, “I felt like I was dancing, floating, flying and being nurtured all at once."
Today, Lange shares this experience with others in the yurt she and her husband built in the meadow adjoining their home. Inside this yurt is a 15-foot circular pool filled with 4 feet of warm water. Once they have waded in, clients can strap on narrow floatation devices to assist Lange as she guides them through the water. As she performs the massage, Lange gently strikes Tibetan singing bowls drifting alongside her in the water, creating a soundscape to further soothe the senses.
At Black Rose Salon, a J Beverly Hills concept salon, you can take care of both your beauty needs and your questions about the future. That’s because Gail Anderson isn’t just the owner of a salon—she’s a practicing psychic with 15 years of experience. This dual specialty results in a service menu that looks a little different than that of most salons—stylists weaving highlights into hair while other staff members balance chakras with tuning forks and Gail offers advice with tarot readings. These otherworldly offerings can offer a useful diversion while shellac nails cure under UV lights or highlights steep in the dryer, allowing clients a more enjoyable way to pass the time than counting sheep being chased outside.
At Rejuvenation Skin & Body Solutions, a menu of beautifying services serve to replenish and relax customers. Endermologie lipo-massages combine gentle suction and motorized rollers to alleviate the appearance of cellulite, and body wraps swaddle forms to promote detoxification and inch loss. Facial treatments can address concerns such as acne and fine lines or soothe irritation caused by razor burn or shouting into the sun. All services can up their pampering power with add-ons such as paraffin dips, foot scrubs, and hand peels.
For Irina Kerfoot, massage therapy is a necessary part of a holistic lifestyle. A certified massage therapist, Irina employs her experience in a variety of techniques to enhance the physical and spiritual wellness of her clients, whether performing the long, sweeping strokes of a Swedish massage or lifting muscle tension with heated stones. She also applies her knowledge of massage’s myriad benefits during each appointment, helping clients decrease anxiety, and boost their concentration.