A giant Buddha head greets every visitor to Sparadise La Brea, his wise eyes illuminated by flickering candlelight as a fountain babbles and simple greenery grows silently around him. This tranquil scene sets the mood for the entire spa, whose mission—much like the Buddha's—is to encourage visitors to reach a Zen-like state free from stress and physical pain.
The staff members work towards this goal with a slate of massage modalities and other relaxing treatments. Gentle Swedish strokes soothe surface tension with the help of warm almond, lemongrass, or eucalyptus massage oils, Thai yoga uses stretches, compressions, and gentle rocking to improve circulation and flexibility while also targeting acupressure points, and water-heated stones allow warmth to radiate and loosen taut muscles. With an emphasis on total-body relaxation, the Thai herbal foot spa includes a fragrant soak of herbs, oils, and teas that leaves the feet and legs as tension-free as a suspension bridge on the Moon.
Dr. Braxton believes that going to the doctor should and can be fun—as long as visits are focused on compassionate healing. It was while recovering from a basketball injury that Doctor of Chiropractic Mel Braxton heard his calling to a career of holistic healing. For the past 13 years, Dr. Braxton has trained and practiced with the goal of becoming a specialist in sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupressure, and nutritional guidance. His background as a former athlete gives him added expertise when it comes to sports injuries and rehabilitation and his 6’ 7” frame gives him the strength and reach to adjust even the most wayward of spines and Christmas tree toppers. During appointments, Dr. Braxton listens to his patients and works to find the root cause of their ailment, all with the goal of setting people back on the path to overall health and wellness.
Wynn Nail Spa, a studio co-founded by New York entrepreneur Eric Wynn, does more than just manicures and pedicures. Its services, with packages such as Sierra Sunrise and Aspen Icemint, expand the pampering of hands and feet to include wraps, paraffin treatments, and scrubs. The nail spa itself, which was conceptualized by award-winning architectural firm AB Design Studio, uses modern lighting, stepped ceilings with blue accent walls, and R&B-singing cherubs to create a serene atmosphere.
Reduxx Wellness aims to slim down clients with a holistic, all-encompassing range of services, including high-tech LED therapy, lymphatic massage, acupuncture, chiropractic services, personal training, and nutritional counseling. During the clinic's UltraSlim procedures, targeted applications of heat-free red light releasing fat cells' triglycerides, allowing the body to dispose lipids and shrink midsections by up to two inches after the first treatment. Combined with lymphatic drainage massages and follow-up treatments, the procedures can help clients defeat pesky fat deposits.
The healing professionals at Wilshire Wellness take a holistic approach to health with preventative exercises, relaxing therapeutic massages, and drug-free treatments. Pilates instructors and physical therapists prescribe moves that strengthen muscles and joints, which helps prevent injury during athletic endeavors and tickle fights with referees. Aches and chronic conditions cower when faced with a full range of massage modalities and chiropractic adjustments, and acupuncture and acupressure treatments seek to recalibrate the body's reserves of energy in private rooms.