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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.

5909 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The therapists at Blue Diamond Spa render skincare services, massage therapy, and energy healing. From facials and micropeels to seaweed treatments and body waxing, experienced skincare specialists remove dead skin cells from surfaces and dirt from pores with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. Massage therapists knead out tension and help prevent injury by applying various degrees of pressure, like parents trying to get a perfect child to eat dessert for once. Alternate therapies treat more stubborn imperfections with plastic surgery and Zerona laser treatments that help patients lose weight. Their energy healing, meanwhile, can relieve chronic pain and fatigue. Blue Diamond Spa offers beauty injectables such as Botox and fillers, as well as Carboxy. In addition, there are two Ayurvedic-medicine practitioners on the staff.

8622 S Sepulveda Blvd.
Westchester,
CA
US

Guests at Relax Spa and Beauty ? Burbank, winner of Citysearch's Best Relaxation Massage 2008, unwind with head-to-toe treatments. Aestheticians exfoliate complexions with one of their relaxing facials, uncovering brighter skin and erasing war paint left over from games of capture the flag. A collection of massage services coaxes tension from muscles, and body treatments remove dead skin cells from the surface with handmade scrubs or a eucalyptus body wash that cleans off unwanted grime and attracts neighborhood koala bears.

Celebrating their 10th year in business, Relax Spa and Beauty recently remodeled and expanded their facility. The updated location, which boasts a much larger space, has reopened with a new look, services, products, and more.

11239 Ventura Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US

In the heart of Hancock Park—where they've been stationed for more than 25 years—Haas & Company's team of professional technicians turns tangled manes into sleek, lustrous hair with Aveda and Bumble and bumble products and gives nails lustrous new coats of paint. Aveda's natural wax harnesses plant-derived solutions and essential oils that work to oust unwanted fuzz from legs, arms, and faces during waxing sessions. Like a restoration of the original coloring of Michelangelo's David, manicures and pedicures conclude with fresh coats of polish from brands such as OPI.

136 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Sigal Gevojanyan's sizable, multitalented roster approaches beautification and relaxation from all angles with its lengthy list of services for the hair, skin, and body. Visitors can surpass their bodies? aesthetic aspirations with haircuts, coloring, and mani-pedis, or relieve the aches of sleeping in cramped overhead compartments with the long, flowing strokes of a Swedish massage. The spacious, two-story salon and spa?s secluded treatment rooms grant privacy for body-wrap sessions and waxing, while its manicure area allows guests to socialize as they indulge their hands in a cocoa shea-butter soak and a fresh coat of nail polish.

1062 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The beauty specialists at Ten One Nail Spa know that glamour is a pleasure at any age. In this spirit, they provide a kids' menu for mini fashionistas that includes mani-pedis, polish changes, and french manicures. They provide the same services for adults, supersizing sessions with deluxe enhancements such as hot-towel wraps, salt scrubs, and hand and foot massages that alleviate pain. The hands-on crew also softens skin with waxing sessions and moisturizing care for clients who?ve spent too much time in cold climates or the warm, balmy reaches of offshore oil rigs.

18643 Ventura Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US