Stress can manifest physically as well as mentally. At Heavena Spa, the therapists dedicate themselves to alleviating the aches, pains, and anxiety that stress can cause by performing massages that provide a serene break from the hectic pace of everyday life. Gentle lighting and calming earth tones surround clients as they relax in private treatment rooms while a therapist pinpoints the sources of withheld tension. From there, the therapist can soothe knotted muscles using gliding Swedish strokes, focused deep-tissue pressure, gentle Thai stretching, or a combination of modalities.
Don’t be deterred by the weathered red awning, the ancient intercom at the entrance or the beat-up exterior of the building: Thai Aroma Spa is a favorite for West Los Angeles residents looking for an affordable Thai massage. Clients of the Westwood Boulevard spa can enjoy an hour-long rubdown treatment by trained staffers that incorporates both Thai and Swedish techniques. There are also different special offers for in-the-know locals, such as early bird discounts for morning and lunchtime appointments and a frequent customer VIP card which tracks the number of massages purchased and, eventually, can grant a client a free visit. Treatment rooms themselves are spare, but with the focus on the work itself, Thai Aroma Spa doesn’t leave much to complain about – especially after a relaxing session with one of their masseuses.
The healing gurus of The Massage Company Brentwood re-energize clients with several massage modalities including Thai, shiatsu, acupressure, and prenatal. Before bodywork begins, therapists take the time to converse with spa-goers to determine which massage style would be best suited to eliminate pain and tension at its source. Therapists can enhance treatments with essential oils that build a heightened sense of calm or hot and cold jade stones in an array of shapes and sizes that supercharge circulation and help bodies blend in at Asian archaeology exhibits. Anti-aging facial massages foster fresher complexions with hydrating skincare products and massage techniques that help release fluid retention and reduce fine lines.
Kalologie 360 Spa's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body.
When Tanya M. Reynolds was an adolescent, she was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia. After suffering through several unsuccessful surgeries, she finally found relief in a chiropractor, whose adjustments and dietary recommendations helped mollify the pre-cancerous condition. Today, inspired by that early miracle, Tanya—now known as Dr. Reynolds—helms her own clinic, In8Love Chiropractic, where she has spent more than a decade relieving her own clients’ ailments, from disc problems to back spasms caused by tossing telephone poles in the Scottish Highlands. Her vast range of treatment plans includes cold laser therapy, which soothes issues such as tendonitis and arthritis, and custom foot orthotics, which help align spines by ensuring a balanced pedestal. Beyond comforting funny bones stuck in uninspired sitcoms, Dr. Reynolds’ office also offers relaxing, therapeutic massages.
When Edan Ezer was a boy growing up in Israel, he was so committed to becoming a barber that he left school at 16 to train at a local salon. When he was 18, he joined the Israeli Army and became popular for cutting hair at the army base and styling it with the downdraft of a helicopter. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to work alongside some of the best stylists in the world at high-end salons across Beverly Hills.
Since 2006 Edan has operated his own high-end salon, where he and his team work to pamper, relax, and rejuvenate clients. Stylists massage scalps and snip split ends before creating a sleek blowout that can last for days. For longer-lasting results, they straighten hair with Brazilian keratin treatments, which reduce frizz for months. Another popular Brazilian at the salon is its aesthetician, who removes hair with 100% pure honey and who brightens complexions with facials using natural skincare products.