Simply put, Eric Charles has healing hands. These hands can perform a variety of massages that detoxify the body, prevent injury, and alleviate chronic discomfort. Rather than limit himself to traditional modalities such as Swedish and deep tissue, Charles stretches his skill set to accommodate Hawaiian-style lomilomi and Thai massages that apply gentle pressure to the body?s energy points. He also performs sports massages that break up tension with Swedish-style strokes and strategically placed knuckleballs.
Working within Studio Bijoux, aesthetician Juliet revitalizes clients' complexions with individually tailored facials. Following a skin-type assessment, she determines the ideal treatments to beautify skin of any sensitivity, whether administering peels, facials, or microdermabrasion treatments. She also offers a myriad of other services to beautify the face and body.
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.
Guests arriving to The Raven Spa may find themselves feeling like they've traveled a thousand miles away from their everyday cares. The aesthetic is both spiritual and indulgent, with stone statues that stand sentinel beside a plush purple couch and lush, sun-drenched drapes and glistening chandeliers holding court over an eastern-inspired communal massage chamber. A colorful patio overflowing with exotic flowers welcomes visitors to sit and soak in sunlight streaming between red and white umbrellas, creating a peaceful oasis for quiet reading or self-reflection. "Whoever comes here feels like it's their own," a front desk manager told LX TV's 1st Look, "Our whole goal is to take you away from whatever's out there."
The spa's international decor also mirrors its diverse menu of services, which includes acupuncture, facials, and hammam??a traditional Turkish soak that corrals plant extracts and herbs to nourish and detoxify the body. Therapists work out imbedded muscle kinks through seven varieties of massage including traditional Thai massage, which combines rhythmic kneads with yoga-like stretches and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which often sees practitioners using their elbows to nudge tension until it gets the hint and leaves.
The massage therapists at Island Thai Massage use their thumbs, palms, elbows, and knees to compress muscles during traditional Thai massages. They even provide clients with comfortable clothing, allowing them to get the most out of their treatment by stretching freely. Other specialties include soothing hot-stone massages, reflexology, and gentle prenatal massages for expectant mothers. The comfortable, inviting massage studio is located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, dubbed "the coolest block in America" by GQ.
In addition to being experts in the art of Thai massage, the bodywork specialists at Bua Massage and Spa also know their way around Western techniques such as Swedish massage, sports massage, and pregnancy massage. Hot stones or herbal balls may be added on to treatments to enhance relaxation or keep pet goats occupied during the treatment. Body scrubs followed by vichy showers leave skin exfoliated and cleansed, while waxing services banish unwanted hair from faces, bikini zones, and legs.