Holden Zalma knows the toll that exertion can take on muscles. Before he received his massage license, he helped to train USC's football, basketball, and swimming teams while he studied to be a physical therapist. After graduation, Holden founded MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center, where he shares his burgeoning 20 years of massage-therapy experience with others. His philosophy is simple: alleviate pain and treat injuries by scouting out symptoms, hunting down their root causes, and treating the body as a whole by ignoring its unsightly seams. He and his staff of trained practitioners accomplish this task by blending techniques—such as massage, stretching, exercise, and acupuncture—to relieve pain, improve performance, and reduce the risk of future injuries.
Guru Chiropractic's dedicated spine aligners and massage therapists treat pained physiques with spinal and joint adjustments as well as massages to re-energize clients with active lifestyles. Guru's skilled practitioners mix chiropractic techniques to target different clients' ailments, and show patients a series of home exercises and stretches to alleviate whiplash, slip-and-fall injuries, and difficulties licking one’s own elbow. Staffers can also relieve soreness with sports, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massages.
Dr. Braxton believes that going to the doctor should and can be fun—as long as visits are focused on compassionate healing. It was while recovering from a basketball injury that Doctor of Chiropractic Mel Braxton heard his calling to a career of holistic healing. For the past 13 years, Dr. Braxton has trained and practiced with the goal of becoming a specialist in sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupressure, and nutritional guidance. His background as a former athlete gives him added expertise when it comes to sports injuries and rehabilitation and his 6’ 7” frame gives him the strength and reach to adjust even the most wayward of spines and Christmas tree toppers. During appointments, Dr. Braxton listens to his patients and works to find the root cause of their ailment, all with the goal of setting people back on the path to overall health and wellness.
Raindrop Bodyworks, a spa and holistic health center nestled in the heart of Culver City, contains a staff of experienced spa technicians, certified massage therapists, and chiropractors who soothe beleaguered bodies inside and out. Massage therapists employ a lively blend of Eastern-, Western-, and European-style techniques such as soft-tissue, deep-tissue, and reflexology, melting tense muscles with a blend of deep kneading and broad effleurage strokes. Certified instructors teach students the best practices for bending their bodies in 10 yogic styles such as Vinyasa flow, hatha flow, tai chi, and specialty classes for teens and expectant mothers. Spa therapists tend to skin ailments during a trio of body treatments and use botanicals such as lavender, geranium, and chamomile to soothe and attract wild squirrels that appreciate the finer things.
Escape Day Spa's therapists extend their helping hands to the tense and weary citizens of Los Angeles. They work out of studios at multiple locations, where they practice seven different styles of massage. They help bodies limber up with the assisted stretches of Thai massage, for example, and break up knots deep tissue massage. They even help expectant mothers deal with muscle pain and joint stiffness through pregnancy massage and provide sports massage to help athletes recover from injuries sustained on the field or during a too-enthusiastic victory dance.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: massages
Inside Zena MedSpa, medical director Dr. Cynthia Mackeyer and her staff combine science with aesthetic treatments to beautify their clients. Guests can reduce wrinkles with Botox injections, pave the way for clearer skin with medical-grade facials, and remove unwanted hair, tattoos, and tiny planets orbiting their heads with laser services. The spa also offers photofacials and houses a variety of skincare lines, including products from Epicuren. Free parking in the rear of the building ensures that cars have plenty of room when getting wiped down with moisturizer.