The roots of Thai bodywork are said to trace back more than two millennia, originating with the Buddha's personal physician. At Revive Thai Spa, this ancient healing art, which combines yogic stretches with techniques such as acupressure and deep compressions, joins more recent massage traditions including Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, sports, and pregnancy massage. During a session, clients rest on hydraulic tables or custom-made Thai-massage platforms, equipped with headrests to make necks comfortable and help clients resist the urge to headbang to the rhythm of their therapist's massage strokes. Aside from massages, the staff offers spa services such as facials, waxing, body scrubs, and skin-softening paraffin-wax treatments.
The licensed massage therapists at Hermosa Massage offer a treatment menu designed to address many needs. For example, there's hot stone and Swedish massages for general well-being and relaxation. For more focused injury and tension relief, there's deep-tissue and sports massage, the latter of which helps clients recover from sports-related injuries such as straining a muscle during a coin toss. Hermosa also offers traditional Thai massage, a yoga-influenced modality that uses acupressure and guided stretching, as well as body scrubs, which combine Swedish massage with full-body cleansing. All of these treatments take place in quiet, dimly lit rooms conducive to relaxation and the release of tension.
When clients open the door to Daravadee Spa & Massage Therapy, the heady scents of lemongrass and jasmine come flowing past noses before eyes lock onto decorative Thai statues and delicate orchids. Within candlelit treatment rooms, staff members trained in ancient eastern healing techniques employ their skills to soothe muscle tension and purify complexions. Among the therapies offered at Daravadee, yoga-like Thai massage, herbal compresses of tamarind and kaffir leaves, and all-natural spa products set the center apart from other relaxation oases. But Daravadee’s most unique offering is guasa. A body-scrub treatment rooted in Chinese healing practices, guasa helps boost circulation and detoxify skin with the help of a wooden sloughing instrument. Each treatment is performed in a private room, ensuring privacy and comfort for clients and their shy backs.
Just walking distance from the Long Beach Convention Center lies a 2,000-square-foot oasis and two-time MyFoxLA Hot List winner. The historic downtown building houses four separate treatment rooms where aestheticians and massage therapists perform a variety of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and manicures. Their menu of international therapies borrows seaweed mud and traditions from France, Italy, India, and the Middle East, and their medical facials are performed under the direction of a board-certified dermatologist. In addition to individual clients who arrive solo for a day of pampering, La Dolce Vita invites groups celebrating birthdays, wedding days, and spa-appreciation days.
At KBS Fitness, it's certified personal trainer Kingi Santiel's goal to make exercise engaging and not intimidating. That much is apparent from his outdoor boot-camp programs, where exercisers of all fitness levels perform push-ups, stair-climbing, and other body-weight exercises under the sun's rays. To complement those group workouts, Santiel and his team also bring to the table personal training, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy.
Committed to holistic unity and relaxation, the professional staff at Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio fuses a soothing, intimate environment and trained techniques to carry the corpus to tension-free rapture. Cozy up to a warm cup of fair-trade Rishi tea in the lounge until one of the friendly staff members welcomes you to his or her bliss chamber for a thoroughly therapeutic deep-tissue massage. During a 60-minute treatment, the mitten fillers of a master therapist will skate smooth circles and figure eights on the surface of your back, boosting circulation, oxygenating muscles, and promoting peacefulness. The comprehensive Zen package combines organic products and body-buffing techniques from a variety of disciplines and healing modalities, including Reiki & Chakra balancing, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot stones, and pressure-point therapy.