Behind the decorative changing screens at Magic Foot Massage, a quiet sanctuary welcomes guests onto reclining, padded beds. The glow of paper lanterns illuminates the hands of trained therapists, whose fingers deftly apply focused pressure onto client feet. The spots that they knead aren't random—they're practicing the ancient art of Chinese reflexology, a method based around the claim that parts of the foot correspond to different areas of the body. By massaging these nodes, the staff hopes to bring relaxation and balance to the entire self.
In conjunction with their reflexology treatments, they also offer body massages. Patrons can split their appointment into a combined foot- and body-massage session, and opt for the VIP treatment to choose their preferred lotions and oils. The pampering services can boast both physical and mental effects, coaxing tension from overworked muscles, enhancing blood flow, and clearing the mind without first putting a leaf blower against your ear.
At Blue Sand Mind & Body, a group of practitioners comes together to ply its signature trade: traditional Thai massage. Generally considered more rigorous than other modalities, Thai massage mixes stretching maneuvers with deep and targeted pressure. For those who prefer a more relaxing massage, the staff is equally proficient at Swedish, Hawaiian lomilomi, and hot-stone massage, among other treatments. Like a really good wide receiver, Blue Sand is open every day of the week and caters to those with busy schedules by staying open until 8 p.m. each day.
Licensed aestheticians, massage therapists, and permanent-makeup technicians work as a team to beautify clients from the forehead to the smallest toenail at Uptown Face and Body Care. Tense bodies melt under Swedish or deep-tissue massage techniques, and dull complexions disappear after infusions of vitamin C, minerals, and glycolic acid during facials and peels.
Seven's Spa Sanctuary & Salon's throngs of aestheticians and stylists coddle skin and whisk away split ends in soothing spa treatments. Stylists step in to refurbish outdated 'dos with deftly wielded shears, whereas aestheticians keep skin smooth with waxing, facials, and Botox treatments. The multidisciplinary staff comes together in daylong packages that combine a full slate of traditional spa services, including facials, massages, haircuts, ghost hunting, and manicures.
Chaba Herbal Spa & Thai Yoga Massage?s owner traveled the world to bolster her therapeutic knowledge. She began studying the art of Thai massage in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Watpro Traditional Medical School. After finishing her program, she packed her bags and journeyed to Los Angeles, where she accumulated a pet palm tree and 500 hours of massage-therapy schooling with a focus on traditional Thai massage. She uses this combination of cultural knowledge and varied techniques to treat clients with massages that fuse multiple disciplines into one soothing session. She also surrounds her clients with Thailand-influenced decor, including green plants, live flowers, and bubbling fountains that ease stress. In addition to massages, the spa also offers skin and body treatments, waxing services, and reflexology sessions.
Past a beachy front lobby filled with vibrant plant life and wire-wrought furniture, warm wooden fixtures and deep violet massage beds await. It's there that owner Nina Wang and her staff perform their specialty treatments, from targeted facials to muscle-healing bodywork. Each skin care treatment is informed by a one-on-one consultation, helping customize the procedure and give skin the best shot at looking flawless. The rest of the body benefits too, as Thai yoga massage and hot-stone massage modalities are kneaded deep into sinews to release trapped tension or that song that's been trying to get out for days.