Kyle Walsh has built a career with his hands. He's provided massages for contestants in the Long Beach Quiksilver Pro Surfing Competition and professional boxers. On more average days, however, he uses the power of touch to heal people from all walks of life at Zen Zone Wellness, a quiet massage sanctuary nestled inside Bikram Yoga Long Beach. Basing his treatments in ancient medicine, he eases tension from muscles and restores balance of body and mind through oil-based Swedish massage, aromatherapy herbal massage, and deep-tissue sports massage.
True to their studio’s name, Body & Soul Massage Therapy’s therapists soothe all of the various human components with treatments that range from gentle Swedish strokes to more intense deep-tissue massages. While the scents of aromatherapy oils wash over the senses, therapists’ nimble fingers work to relieve pain caused by stress, sports injuries, and monster-truck accidents. Along with their standard 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages, the therapists offer couples massages, reflexology treatments for the feet, and add-ons such as heated stones.
The licensed professionals at Angel Tips beautify clients with talents and expertise garnered from the same place—Angel Tips’ own training center in Connecticut. They use this training to meticulously groom nails with manicures and pedicures, as well as rejuvenate the skin with microdermabrasion and signature facials. For the body, they create smooth epidermal expanses with waxing and a signature body scrub that begins with a steam sauna and Jacuzzi soak and moves onto a shower aqua massage, exfoliating scrub, and essential oil massage. The beauty experts also enhance winks and coded eye flutters with lash extensions that last up to 22 days.
Mother-daughter team Claudia and Gabrielle dreamed up Frasada Salon & Day Spa. The multi-level salon and spa they’ve since brought to life houses private rooms, where clients can relax in the warm, tangoing light of candles during massages and more than a dozen types of facials. A curved staircase leads guests to the second floor salon, where they relax in oversized pedicure chairs while getting their toes ready for sandal season or bubble-wrap-stomping season. Long glass shelves brim with products from brands such as Goldwell and Unite and frame sun-filled rooms with angel statues, idyllic murals, and potted plants.:m]]
Blue Firmament Holistic Center's services span from health-spa treatments to classes and workshops, all of which strive to bolster corporal and mental serenity. Lessons on yoga and dance—including Zumba fitness, belly dancing, and pole dancing—lead physiques into sinuous routines that augment strength and flexibility. Other group events might include drumming performances or meditation seminars, and tarot card and candle readings, when held simultaneously, predict upcoming poker table fires. Different massage modalities can also reduce muscular tension as they knead away stress.
The center places great emphasis on natural pathways to wellness, prepping its spa procedures and juice bar with exclusively organic ingredients. On weekends, guests can munch on uncooked meals from Maggie's Raw Love Cafe to avoid raspberries from burnt tongues.
Kashmir Hands’ owner, Dina M. Giugliano, possesses an unending fascination with the abilities of the human body. She fosters her enchantment through three primary avenues: massage, yoga, and doula services, a Greek tradition that combines the duties of a pregnancy counselor with those of a midwife. Her thumbs relieve patrons’ tension and coax out toxins during therapeutic deep-tissue massage, a soothing avenue to injury recovery, particularly when paired with a gentle form of yoga. There are more gentle and more intense forms to choose from, as Giugliano offers 17 types of yoga classes, each developed for a certain age group, level of athletic ability, or species.