Certified massage therapist Erin Warfield Shaffer expresses her belief in holistic approaches to wellness by treating bodies to a detoxifying combination of hands, herbs, and hydrotherapy. Shaffer's four massages range from hot-stone techniques that melt tension in backs to reflexology methods that manipulate the feet in an effort to relieve pain in the rest of the body. She also cleanses bodies with such detoxification rituals as the acupoint session, a massage-like treatment that causes key points in the body to absorb healthy herbs so that clients don't have to sleep on a pile of herb-crusted halibut. The center also concocts custom facials and peels that nourish the skin with hydrotherapy, botanicals rich in Vitamin C, and other organic ingredients.
The licensed aestheticians of Simply Nails and Spa have one goal in mind: make their clients' nails look great. To that end, they offer spa manicures and pedicures, gel nails, and intricate nail art delivered in a professional, no-frills environment. Come in and sink into a cushy chair and dip toes into a sea salt soak, then have nails buffed, filed, and polished to perfection by one of the friendly staff. Clients can also opt for French and shellac pedicures to give feet more oomph than a glitzy pair of Christmas socks. Simply Nails and Spa provides free mimosas upon request and also offers massage and waxing services.
Red Lotus Reflexology and Wellness Center is a place to relax and heal. At this soothing center, licensed massage therapists offer revitalizing reflexology treatments, during which firm pressure is applied to specific points on the feet believed to correspond to major organ and muscle groups in the body. Also offering Swedish, Thai, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage, as well as infrared-sauna sessions and herbal wraps, the center is a calming headquarters for reviving the body and spirit.
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.
While traditional Thai massage may be new in America, it has been a fundamental treatment in Thailand for thousands of years. The hardworking farmers of Thailand's predominantly agricultural society relied on the deep relief of the massage, which grew out of Wat Pho, a famed Buddhist temple. The therapists at Siam Royal Thai Massage carry on this tradition in their spacious studio. Having spent years studying at the world's top massage institutions including Wat Pho itself, the massage therapists use a variety of methods including packed herbal compresses and acupressure to ease pain in specific areas. However, the centerpiece of the treatment is Thai Hermit stretching. Every part of the body, from the legs to the neck, is comfortably stretched to dissipate lactic acid buildup and provide relief from soreness. The staff also supplement their massages with facials and skincare treatments that wash away blemishes and exfoliate dead skin cells off the body.
Holistic Health Gurus' multidisciplinary cofounders, Kellie Patzer and Nancy Allan, infuse their extensive expertise in massage therapy and traditional medicines into their repertoire of holistic wellness treatments. Relaxing and rehabilitative massages incorporate a variety of modalities?including Swedish, trigger-point, and lymphatic techniques?to conquer corporeal aches and reclaim bodily territory in the name of relaxation. Kellie and Nancy also give patrons the agency to holistically care for themselves, imparting lifestyle advice and therapeutic practices during weekly seminars and classes.