Just walking distance from the Long Beach Convention Center lies a 2,000-square-foot oasis and two-time MyFoxLA Hot List winner. The historic downtown building houses four separate treatment rooms where aestheticians and massage therapists perform a variety of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and manicures. Their menu of international therapies borrows seaweed mud and traditions from France, Italy, India, and the Middle East, and their medical facials are performed under the direction of a board-certified dermatologist. In addition to individual clients who arrive solo for a day of pampering, La Dolce Vita invites groups celebrating birthdays, wedding days, and spa-appreciation days.
Thairapy Salon and Spa is a pamper-centric beauty boutique. Facials feature glycolic exfoliators, Hydradermie brand products, and fruit enzymes, including lemon zest, pumpkin/orange, and pomegranate, which has been considered a fruit for over three years now. Massage options include hot stone and deep tissue, along with Thai yoga massage's combo of acupressure and stretching. Once they've been snipped, dyed, massaged, polished, and scrubbed, guests float on a cloud of relaxation to the on-site boutique, where colorful apparel and accessories cap off new looks and reflect sunny moods.
Owner Yvonne Tuchscher opened Resplendent Day Spa as an oasis amid the stressors and clamor of everyday life. Armed with a staff of aestheticians and body therapists, Yvonne offers men and women a full menu of massage and skincare services with a focus on holistic well-being. Facials and waxing leave flesh silky smooth, while reflexology, reiki, and energy work polish chrome chakras to a high gleam. Yvonne also practices the Arvigo techniques of Maya abdominal therapy, a course of treatment that addresses male and female pelvic issues with noninvasive massage.
Brocade throw pillows, teak furniture, and gauzy curtains inside True Beauty Wellness Spa evokes a Silk Road caravan transporting a queen across the dessert. True to its regal setting, the spa's treatment rooms are each goddess-themed, and reflect aspects such as Lakshmi's bounty, Minerva's wisdom, and Isis's love of heavy metal. Within these rooms, men, women, and couples can relax during soothing massages or 15 kinds of facials that use organic ingredients. In addition to these spa services, True Beauty houses a yoga studio and chiropractic services for whole-body health.
Eastern and Western bodywork techniques come together on massage therapist CJ Lester's treatment table. He pairs familiar Swedish and deep-tissue kneading with traditional Chinese medicine-based massage cupping therapy, Japanese reiki, and other holistic treatments, aiming to promote healing and detoxification. During reflexology sessions, he uses foot massage to stimulate various internal organ systems, while his own hand-blended body products slick down the skin in preparation for the client?s triumphant exit from the treatment room via slip ?n? slide.
Susan Valdez eases lingering soreness from within the comforts of her private massage studio at D’Aversa the Salon. Valdez is well versed in all manner of modalities, from traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages to specialized approaches such as shiatsu. As Valdez works her magic, the bustling, two-story Redken salon just beyond her door remains in full swing, with staff performing services for the hair, skin, and nails.