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Desert Sun Tanning Salon was awarded the 2011 Best Tanning award by King5, which cites the Salon's "Smart Tan Certified tanning consultants" as one of its strongest features. The consultants effortlessly guide clients through three levels of tanning beds according to the client's skin type and tanning desires, and they may even to achieve a bronze as deep as an ancient Greek statue of a lifeguard. Tanning beds are tricked out with amenities including aromatherapy, air conditioning, and piped-in music, and after their sessions clients can choose from an array of nourishing lotions to smooth onto freshly golden skin.

14670 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

At Body Wrap LA, the details are in the name. That's because the staffers at this body-wrap salon focus purely on its eponymous service, making sure that what they do, they do well. The interior space buzzes with music and the scents of aromatherapy as infrared body wraps swaddle customers for 50-minute sessions. During the treatment, customers lie in cocoons while blissfully awaiting the arrival of new wings. Because a watched wing never boils, flat-screen televisions and free wireless Internet keep minds entertained as bodies transform into svelte versions of their former selves.

9887 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills,
CA
US

In-Spiraling Movement Arts' co-director Lisa Marie Goodwin-Rice first became intrigued by the Gyrotonic Expansion System while she was dancing for companies such as LA Classical Ballet. Today, she shares her knowledge with students as one of only 16 Gyrotonic Expansion System master trainers throughout the world. Her spouse and directing partner, degreed biologist Jessie Rice, shares her interest in dance and also brings a scientific expertise in physical health.

In Gyrotonic classes, students stretch and twist with the help of pulleys, platforms, and an ape throwing barrels. The exercise style takes inspiration from sources as diverse as dance, gymnastics, and tai chi. The smooth motions of the machines used in the class minimize the risk of injury. Gyrokinesis classes combine the same undulating movements and sources of inspiration as Gyrotonics, but require no equipment other than a floor mat.

In-Spiraling Movement Arts' spa treatments promote wellness with ingredients such as Arnica Gold, a product of Jessie's own invention that causes pores to cry "Eureka!" Body wraps with the minerals of organic moor mud smooth cellulite deposits and slim the physique. The spa's infrared sauna raises internal temperatures and stimulates blood flow to improve the condition of skin and facilitate oxygen distribution.

2001 S Barrington Ave, Ste 112
Los Angeles,
CA
US

After 33 years of clinical and academic medicine, Dr. Edgar A. Guess Jr. expanded his medical repertoire by exploring alternative and holistic wellness techniques. In 1996, the retired OB/GYN and cancer surgeon founded Beverly Hills Wellness Center, where he and a team of physicians and healthcare providers aim to prevent illness and provide clients with the knowledge and services they need to maintain their health and independence. Dr. Guess is also the president-elect of the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, so his knowledge and experience informs the work of the center's International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy?certified therapist, as well.

Besides colon hydrotherapy, the health experts offer acupuncture and Oriental and Chinese herbal medicine. Additionally, the center's detoxifying treatments?which include infrared saunas, deep-tissue massages, and raw-juice cleanses?allow the body to rid itself of impurities that linger from their childhood paste-eating habit. They also offer health screenings, as part of their commitment to promoting early detection and empowering clients to monitor their own health at home.

328 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills,
CA
US

Aruna, the certified colon hydrotherapist at Center For Colonics, understands that colon hydrotherapy can be a sensitive treatment. Which is why, in addition to therapist-assisted colonics, she offers clients a do-it-yourself option. The Libbe DIY colonic system takes only a few minutes to learn, and clients can administer the treatment themselves in a comfortable and private room.

But Aruna's staff's goal is to make everything here comfortable, so even the therapist-assisted colonic treatment is performed with consideration to the client's comfort level and dignity. During the hour-long treatment, which uses FDA-approved equipment and filtered water, a therapist covers the client with a warm blanket, then uses abdominal massage to help usher toxins out of the body, as well as reflexology treatments for balance and uplift. The procedure is odorless and noiseless, and, afterward, patients can expect to leave feeling lighter and less bloated. In addition to colon hydrotherapy, Center for Colonics' detoxifying treatments extend to include ionic foot detox baths, which draw out impurities such as heavy metals, as well as infrared sauna sessions, which can be beneficial for those with joint pain.

1214 23rd St.
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Before Art Stone was head of Total Woman Gym & Spa, he ran a chain of salons. His female clientele loved their custom cuts, but California had no shortage of stylists—what they really struggled to find was day-spa pampering and weight-loss assistance, all in one spot. Stone listened, and in 1965, created precisely the sanctuary they were looking for.

The Gym

  • The group fitness classes: Held in sunny studios, classes in disciplines such as power yoga, kickboxing, and Zumba help build muscle and burn calories.
  • The personal training sessions: Trainers jolt clients out of fitness plateaus with customized workouts, or one-on-one Pilates training that tones cores and builds lean muscle.
  • The equipment: Workout gear runs the gamut from circuit-training equipment to treadmills, ellipticals, and recumbent bikes.

The Spa

  • The massages: Massage therapists relax muscles with a variety of modalities, from the gentle strokes of Swedish massage to the spreading warmth of hot stones.
  • The beauty treatments: Aestheticians beautify bodies and faces with an eclectic mix of rejuvenating facials, cellulite-minimizing treatments, and waxing for unwanted stubble.
12050 Ventura Blvd
Studio City,
CA
US