The treatment room at Massage1Spa looks like something you'd find in a palace. Behind the massage tables, a row of enormous oriental fans hangs from a wall the color of terra cotta. It's here where the spa's certified therapists relieve stress with head-to-toe massages. Their specialty reflexology technique seeks out pressure points in the hands and feet to restore function, release tension, and unscramble the brain's radio signals.
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.
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.
At Indulgence Day & Med Spa, epidermal epicureans will delight in lavish treatments that buff, burnish, and beautify the body's barrier. The laser spray tan delivers a moisturizing, vitamin-infused solution to provide a smooth, even tan, while the inch-reduction/detox wrap bundles bodies for 90 minutes in warm aloe-soaked linens, breaking down and luring out toxins. Indulgence will also apply a 10% discount to an array of other specific services for Groupon customers, but customers must book the service in the same visit the Groupon is used, and vote in a poll regarding whether or not robots dream.
Bliss on Broadway Spa & Boutique's beautifying services are half high-tech, half back to basics. The spa shows off its innovative side with LED light therapy and microcurrent face-lifts, which prompt cell regeneration without abrasion or tissue damage. An entire produce stand's worth of natural ingredients infuse classic beauty services, from the sweet-smelling banana acids that soften skin in a facial peel to the kelp-infused seawater bath that relaxes feet and makes them less scared of the ocean in spa pedicures.
The latter take place from cushy thrones made private by gauzy white curtains. The rest of the spa's decor balances clean minimalism with an earth-mama aesthetic, with white-painted branches spiraling from a vase and panels of soft fabric hanging from the walls.
Olive green walls, wicker chairs punctuated by satin pillows, and colorful, Asian-themed décor set the stage for relaxation at Dee Dee Thai Spa. Within private treatments rooms, massage therapists draw from multiple modalities to target trouble areas in the custom combination massage, using Swedish strokes to soothe muscles and guided stretching to release tightness. Facials clear pores of embedded dirt, with add-ons such as microdermabrasion helping to sweep away dead skin cells with the light flick of a mechanical wand. During the spa’s waxing sessions, technicians uproot unwanted hair for sleeker skin and increased aerodynamics when being shot from a cannon.