Amid the bustle of a high-traffic shopping center, you might not expect to find an oasis of calm. Fortunately, the massage therapists at Silver Sand Spa & Massage are all about defying expectations. They?ve carved out a cozy niche in just such an environment, where they tend a studio filled with spa music, flickering candles, and fragrant aromatherapy oils. Upon arrival, clients leave the stress of the world behind and sip water and tea while centering themselves before treatments. Inside private rooms for couples or individuals, massage therapists knead tension from muscles using Thai, Swedish, hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Thai-Swedish-combination massages. They also tend to bodies? surface concerns, exfoliating skin with aromatherapy body scrubs.
Bangkok Thai Massage is a sanctuary of relaxation. Upon entering, guests walk down the dimly lit hallway to a private treatment room, part the gossamer curtains, and snug into cozy massage beds. In each of the gilded rooms, the therapists set to work, easing tension from muscles with an array of massage modalities. During the signature Thai massage, they call upon their hands, knees, elbows, feet, and telekinetic abilities to deeply relieve pressure and ease limbs into yoga-style stretches. They also soothe aches with the gentle kneads of Swedish massage, and the more intense ministrations of deep-tissue massage.
WaNa Thai Massage's state-licensed massage therapists practice a wide range of relaxing and therapeutic massage styles. These include Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, and hot stone massage, as well as the studio's own signature treatment: the Thai combination massage. Part bodywork and part energy work, the Thai combination builds off of traditional Thai massage techniques but also incorporates options such as herbal compress massage, aromatherapy, and hot oil. Therapists begin at the feet and work their way up, applying deep pressure to the muscles to remove tension, clear away blockages, and replace dead batteries along the body's energy lines.
At Blue Sand Mind & Body, a group of practitioners comes together to ply its signature trade: traditional Thai massage. Generally considered more rigorous than other modalities, Thai massage mixes stretching maneuvers with deep and targeted pressure. For those who prefer a more relaxing massage, the staff is equally proficient at Swedish, Hawaiian lomilomi, and hot-stone massage, among other treatments. Like a really good wide receiver, Blue Sand is open every day of the week and caters to those with busy schedules by staying open until 8 p.m. each day.
Chaba Herbal Spa & Thai Yoga Massage?s owner traveled the world to bolster her therapeutic knowledge. She began studying the art of Thai massage in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Watpro Traditional Medical School. After finishing her program, she packed her bags and journeyed to Los Angeles, where she accumulated a pet palm tree and 500 hours of massage-therapy schooling with a focus on traditional Thai massage. She uses this combination of cultural knowledge and varied techniques to treat clients with massages that fuse multiple disciplines into one soothing session. She also surrounds her clients with Thailand-influenced decor, including green plants, live flowers, and bubbling fountains that ease stress. In addition to massages, the spa also offers skin and body treatments, waxing services, and reflexology sessions.
Past a beachy front lobby filled with vibrant plant life and wire-wrought furniture, warm wooden fixtures and deep violet massage beds await. It's there that owner Nina Wang and her staff perform their specialty treatments, from targeted facials to muscle-healing bodywork. Each skin care treatment is informed by a one-on-one consultation, helping customize the procedure and give skin the best shot at looking flawless. The rest of the body benefits too, as Thai yoga massage and hot-stone massage modalities are kneaded deep into sinews to release trapped tension or that song that's been trying to get out for days.