To promote wellness, Wilshire Spa gathers earthly elements believed to have healing properties, designs entire rooms around them, and then heats them to soothing temperatures. Cozy quarters lined with mineral salt help enhance the skin's oxygen absorption, whereas rooms of pure onyx are designed to improve metabolism and relieve muscle stiffness. The mid-temperature charcoal room, meanwhile, provides a quiet space in which to meditate and detoxify, and surrounds patrons with yellow ocher imported from Korea. After spending time in each room, guests can reinvigorate themselves or test the resolve of their mood ring by plunging into a cold bath.
The spa further encourages renewal through massages and facials. Its signature massage combines a Korean full-body scrub, a Swedish-inspired mineral-oil massage, and a shampoo and conditioning treatment for the hair, as well as a cucumber facial mask and warm dip in a milk bath. The decor also serves up tranquility: Renaissance-style murals and an abundance of pink orchids create a sense of calm, and the women's lounge area features pale-green walls crisscrossed by white outlines resembling trees.
Balanced Bodyworks LA caters to active clients of all types?yogis, runners, cyclists, dancers?but they have one singular goal: to increase performance. Whether clients are recovering from an injury, prepping for a marathon, or learning how to buckle a heavyweight championship belt, the staff here uses sports and medical massage to instill in their clients the physical aptitude necessary to compete and succeed.
The certified therapists target pain and spur injury recovery with orthopedic sports massages, which use techniques such as manipulation and soft tissue movement to improves range of motion and overall performance. They also perform medical and therapeutic massage, each one its own unique brand of restorative bodywork. Balanced Bodyworks LA is also affiliated with acupuncturists, fitness instructors, and healing practitioners, all qualified and intent on further helping athletes prepare for their passions.
At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.
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.
Gina Bisignano first entered the beauty industry while she was in high school. During her summer breaks, she worked as a hair-and-makeup assistant at the Rhode Island School of Design, a gig that eventually led her to do hair and makeup for modeling agencies including Wilhemina and Ford. A certified aesthetician since the late 80s, she worked as a makeup artist on movie and TV commercial sets until opening her own waxing and skincare studio 10 years ago. There, she and her fellow aestheticians give everyday faces the star treatment, doling out services ranging from facials to lash extensions to makeup lessons. And, of course, she offers a slew of waxing services, from bikini waxing for bathing suit season, to playboy waxing for old magazines that have let themselves go.
At Spa Girl Skin and Body Boutique Spa, licensed aestheticians perform treatments that pamper clients from head to toe from an expansive menu of services, including facials and massages. The team greets each visitor with a complimentary glass of cucumber water and then sets to work, luxe Epicuren products in hand. Nine different facials soothe skin with probiotics, enzymes, essential vitamins, and amino acids. Below the neck, massages and body scrubs leave corpuses as smooth and rejuvenated as a bowling ball after a nap. Outside of the beauty realm, the team offers alternatives to over-the-counter medicine via holistic healing and homeopathic treatments. Melanie, the resident life coach, uses her acute intuition to track her clients' energy and prescribe alternative therapies during energy-healing sessions.