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.
The staff at Acupuncture with Heart includes licensed massage therapists, a chiropractor, and of course two acupuncturists, but each of these diverse specialists has the same goal: improving clients' holistic health. The acupuncturists attempt to accomplish this not only by inserting needles into clients' bodies to manipulate their energy flows, but also by recommending Chinese herbs for them to sip in teas or take as pills. The massage therapists similarly have several strategies for alleviating pain and tension. These include such familiar techniques as deep-tissue and Swedish massage, as well as specialty bodywork including kinesio taping, craniosacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage.
Tao of Venus Wellness Center owner Beth Meneley draws on her master's degree in oriental medicine and a passion for healing to protect and mend patients' physiques through a diverse range of holistic therapies. Trained acupuncturists and chiropractors work to realign the body through time-honored methods, and seasoned massage therapists ease pain with a tailored blend of six tension-melting modalities. Thermography specialists boast the ability to detect cancer without the use of radiation through thermal imaging, which aims to find harmful cells through the naturally occurring heat of their weekly bake-offs. Before and after appointments, patients sip steaming cups of tea in an intimate relaxation room dotted with leafy plants, Eastern totems, and modern furnishings.
Under the guise of a simple strip-mall merchant, Himalaya Sen lures stressed bodies into a bamboo-hued oasis of tranquility. Once inside, visitors melt into cream-colored lounge chairs as their feet are dipped into warm baths infused with Chinese botanicals, which help spur detoxification. The therapists specialize in reflexology—an ancient practice believed to heal many areas of the body through careful pressure applied to the feet—but don't skimp on other muscles. Hands, arms, shoulders, scalps, and faces all bask in therapeutic strokes as feet soak in preparation for their treatment, and a private, soundless room provides a serene backdrop for acupressure back massages and stress-relieving games of charades.
The massage therapists at Chiang Mai Health Spa knead away stress and pain with a service menu culled from the best techniques of the East and West. Like their teachers before them, the therapists specialize in Thai massage, a modality that combines vigorous massage strokes with guided stretching, and may be upgraded to incorporate warm packets of soothing Thai herbs. Traditional Western techniques include Swedish and deep-tissue massage?which help stimulate lymph flow for greater detoxification?as well as pregnancy massage, which helps ease the tension felt by expectant mothers or over-loaded storks. The spa stays open late seven days a week to accommodate busy schedules.
As the name suggests, Cinema Wellness takes a panoramic approach to health, labeling itself 'an aesthetic whole-body boutique". The spa's clients can solicit skilled aestheticians for an organic mani-pedi, hair removal, or especially indulgent treatments ranging from chemical peels and facials to full-body exfoliating scrubs. The spa also staffs a team of licensed massage therapists to temper achy sinews with flowing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure. When not pampering clients within in their elegant facility, many of Cinema's wellness warriors proudly volunteer for The American Cancer Society.