Doctor of Chiropractic Amit Mehta melds his 11 years of chiropractic practice and expertise with the acupunctural arts of Dr. Kathy Long to fashion holistic wellness treatments that address the root causes of bodily discomfort rather than the symptoms. After receiving a degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin and his chiropractic degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences, Dr. Mehta established his practice to care for the skeletal health of patients of all ages. Licensed massage therapists manipulate noncalcified tissue with a variety of modalities. The targeted strokes enhance healing processes begun by chiropractic work or by apologizing to backs for sleeping on lumpy mattresses. The doctors also help patients continue to better themselves at home with simple corrective exercises and nutritional counseling to find vitamins that best suit their needs.
The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.
Of course, the marquee draws at Massage Masters are massage services from therapists tapped to service the 1984 and 2004 Olympic teams. Their full-body massages go beyond standard deep-tissue and Swedish modalities to include Serenity massages, Paradise massages, and other bodywork treatments designed to relax and uplift. Staff aestheticians conduct European facials and body polishes that leave physical forms looking as refreshed on the outside as they feel inside. And then there's the salt cave, which helps the body regain balance and fight against disease and toxins. During visits, clients can enjoy free water and ease the transition back into the trappings of their everyday lives?work, traffic, their out-of-date home salt caves?with locker rooms and spa showers.
In Salt Chalet's private treatment rooms, sea salt—known for its ability to balance out the body's positively charged ions—fills the air and coats the walls, floor, and ceiling, glittering under soft, ambient lights. As clients relax in lounge chairs or atop massage tables, briny granules flutter through their lungs and waft across their skin—a holistic process known as halotherapy, which recreates the unique microclimate of the world's salt caves away from their bat-shaped novelty shakers. As the chalet's medical director, Dr. Thom Lobe, proclaims, salt rooms can help alleviate everything from allergies and chronic respiratory illnesses to skin disorders, infections, and difficulties sleeping.
With services that include deep-cleansing facials, anti-aging and acne treatments, and hair removal for men and women, The DollHouse Beauty makes skin look as pristine and smooth as the porcelain face of a doll. Other services spruce up the rest of the appearance; eyelash extensions and makeup enhance facial features, and updos sweep hair into the pinned curls and cascading tendrils that befit a dinner at a formal 7-11. But visits to the studio aren't just functional—they're also fun. Full-body massages disentangle muscle knots with heated stones, aromatherapy, and deep-tissue work. And every first Friday of the month, corks pop and champagne flows during celebrations dubbed Champagne Fridays.
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.