WaNa Thai Massage's state-licensed massage therapists practice a wide range of relaxing and therapeutic massage styles. These include Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, and hot stone massage, as well as the studio's own signature treatment: the Thai combination massage. Part bodywork and part energy work, the Thai combination builds off of traditional Thai massage techniques but also incorporates options such as herbal compress massage, aromatherapy, and hot oil. Therapists begin at the feet and work their way up, applying deep pressure to the muscles to remove tension, clear away blockages, and replace dead batteries along the body's energy lines.
Amid the bustle of a high-traffic shopping center, you might not expect to find an oasis of calm. Fortunately, the massage therapists at Silver Sand Spa & Massage are all about defying expectations. They?ve carved out a cozy niche in just such an environment, where they tend a studio filled with spa music, flickering candles, and fragrant aromatherapy oils. Upon arrival, clients leave the stress of the world behind and sip water and tea while centering themselves before treatments. Inside private rooms for couples or individuals, massage therapists knead tension from muscles using Thai, Swedish, hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Thai-Swedish-combination massages. They also tend to bodies? surface concerns, exfoliating skin with aromatherapy body scrubs.
The therapists at Rafole Thai Massage restore mobility to achy human hinges with an array of soothing massage modalities. Upon entering one of the private treatment rooms, clients are greeted by candlelight flickering across aquamarine walls, like sunlight through a submerged coral reef. Before the treatment starts, the scents of aromatherapy and essential oils start to waft through the air, setting a soothing tone. Amid these calming accents, licensed massage therapists set to work with flowing Swedish strokes or ease tension with ancient Thai stretching. Clients may also request firm pressure to access lower-layer aches, or hot-stone techniques to promote circulation.
The Executive Cut and Shave?voted Best Barber on the 2013 LA Hot List?ramps up the old-fashioned-barbershop service with new man-cave ideology. They offer personal TVs at each cutting station, billiards, and a complimentary cocktail or beverage. In addition to cultivating face-flattering cuts, skilled stylists can smooth out mugs with a lather shave or evict unwanted hair with specialty waxing services.
Though the gleaming wood floors and fresh paint of Unique Beauty Salon and Spa suggest a business that's new to the industry, the team inside is anything but. After working as a cosmetologist for more than 20 years, Teresa Torres opened Unique in 2011 and hired a staff of beauty specialists who each possessed a minimum of five years' experience. Beyond crafting cuts, creating updos, and installing hair extensions, the veteran stylists specialize in color treatments using Alfaparf low-ammonia hair color, as well as smoothing Brazilian blowouts and Japanese straightening treatments. Other staff members apply mink lash extensions and thread eyebrows to enhance the eye area, while nail technicians pamper hands and feet with soothing mani-pedis.
Each one of Alternative Wellness Center's three professionals provides a path for patients to seek wellness outside the confines of traditional Western medicine. Doctor of Chiropractic Spiros Cavelaris focuses on the skeletal health of the body, using his adjustments to treat everything from chronic pain to allergies. Mayumi Gordon, on the other hand, practices acupuncture and other methods to help with lymphatic drainage or circulatory issues. Massage therapist Lori Kibbe blends four different massage modalities into each of her sessions to help people regain range of motion lost from being glued to their desks, literally or figuratively.