More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
When clients open the door to Daravadee Spa & Massage Therapy, the heady scents of lemongrass and jasmine come flowing past noses before eyes lock onto decorative Thai statues and delicate orchids. Within candlelit treatment rooms, staff members trained in ancient eastern healing techniques employ their skills to soothe muscle tension and purify complexions. Among the therapies offered at Daravadee, yoga-like Thai massage, herbal compresses of tamarind and kaffir leaves, and all-natural spa products set the center apart from other relaxation oases. But Daravadee’s most unique offering is guasa. A body-scrub treatment rooted in Chinese healing practices, guasa helps boost circulation and detoxify skin with the help of a wooden sloughing instrument. Each treatment is performed in a private room, ensuring privacy and comfort for clients and their shy backs.
Beauty & Wellness Day Spa sends stress packing, giving clients a brief respite from the tensions and routines of everyday life. This escape can take the form of a nourishing facial treatment, leaving visages nourished and radiant as steam cleanses, personalized masks refresh, and chemical peels rejuvenate skin tone. Held within private treatment rooms, massages set muscles adrift on a sea of tranquility using gentle music and subtle aromas to create a calming environment while delivering swedish strokes or focused deep-tissue pressure. Spa packages encourage clients to forget their woes during extended day-trips, that include indulgent combinations of exfoliating body scrubs, wraps, facials, massages, and fifth-grade math quizzes.
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.
At KBS Fitness, it's certified personal trainer Kingi Santiel's goal to make exercise engaging and not intimidating. That much is apparent from his outdoor boot-camp programs, where exercisers of all fitness levels perform push-ups, stair-climbing, and other body-weight exercises under the sun's rays. To complement those group workouts, Santiel and his team also bring to the table personal training, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy.
Named the Best Gym/Athletic Club in 2010 by Beachcomber, the Belmont forms fitter figures and promotes healthier living with a full range of Paramount weights and exercise machines, as well as more than 90 weekly classes such as yoga, Pilates, and TRX suspension training (spinning, Pilates Reformer, and Gravity classes cost extra). Members can reap bodily benefits by racking up racquetball wins, heading to the weight rooms, or teleporting to the second-floor Cardio Theater, which features aerobic equipment and eight HDTVs that broadcast nothing but non-rhyming jody calls. For more personalized shape-sculpting and goal-defining, customers can take advantage of two personal-training sessions with the club’s certified trainers.