Balanced Bodyworks LA caters to active clients of all types?yogis, runners, cyclists, dancers?but they have one singular goal: to increase performance. Whether clients are recovering from an injury, prepping for a marathon, or learning how to buckle a heavyweight championship belt, the staff here uses sports and medical massage to instill in their clients the physical aptitude necessary to compete and succeed.
The certified therapists target pain and spur injury recovery with orthopedic sports massages, which use techniques such as manipulation and soft tissue movement to improves range of motion and overall performance. They also perform medical and therapeutic massage, each one its own unique brand of restorative bodywork. Balanced Bodyworks LA is also affiliated with acupuncturists, fitness instructors, and healing practitioners, all qualified and intent on further helping athletes prepare for their passions.
Led by chiropractor, certified sports physician, and jack-of-all-musculoskeletal-trades Doctor of Chiropractic Ben Drillings, the instructors and staff at a2zHealth Massage Schools train students in the principles and techniques of massage. The school is certified by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and is a member of the California Massage Schools Association, allowing it to produce massage technicians, massage therapists, and holistic bodywork practitioners. The massage-technician course requires 300 hours of specialized study, whereas massage therapists engage in 500 hours and holistic bodywork practitioners complete 1,000 hours to graduate. Students also gain firsthand experience practicing their lessons on the public at a2zHealth Massage Schools? student Swedish-massage teaching clinic. After their massages, clients assist in the learning process by giving students valuable feedback.
For more than a decade, color specialist and master stylist Silvia has keep a creative watch over her team of dedicated stylists at Encino Concept Salon. Her more than 30 years of experience and international training at London Hair Academy has honed her keen aesthetic eye, which oversees a salon floor buzzing with stylists as they twirl, trim, and dye strands with botanically based products. The Bio Ionic hair-straightening system also furnishes salon services, where stylists carefully put hair through a process that aims to smooth out strands plagued by frizzes and flyaways. Hair extensions add length to manes with clip-ons of 100% human hair, and customers looking to subtract locks can recline during a waxing or threading session as a technician carefully removes unwanted hairs twisting and twirling into complicated math problems. Encino Concept Salon?s menu also promotes whole-body well-being with a refreshing European facial and spa pedicure.
Lasers are often associated with evil villains and galactic battles, but the lasers at The Laser Image only have the clients’ best interests at heart. They use the power of their beams to remove unwanted stubble, dissolve spider veins, and boost collagen and elastin production to make faces look younger and give clients more confidence. Dr. Brian Fenmore, in practice for more than two decades, supervises every laser treatment, along with a bevy of other med spa services offered at his center. Oxygen therapy, for example, beautifies skin with topically-applied oxygen infused with antioxidants, while facials and peels, combat skin conditions from aging to acne. Additionally, the center employs an on-staff nutritionist to help patients create healthy diet plans to foster beauty and wellness inside and out.
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.
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.