The Humble Abode salon and spa feels like home?which is not surprising, as it's situated inside a cottage surrounded by greenery and beaming with natural light. And it's easy to make yourself at home there, too, because their menu's extensive selection of services could easily require a whole day's sojourn. Beauty treatments include lash tinting and six kinds of facials, such as lactic peels and microdermabrasion. The signature facial pampers each of the face's 55 muscles?a perfect complement to the luxuriating body treatments, including deep-tissue massage and reflexology.
Those looking for more internal therapy can seek out one of the three chiropractic doctors, who aim to treat anything from sports injuries to spinal dysfunction. The Humble Abode also has a certified hypnotherapist, Myke Zykoff, who addresses behavioral issues with hypnotherapy and the calming effects of meditation.
To help guests ease their pain through fitness, a team of instructors leads Pilates classes in both group and private sessions. The bending and stretching sessions take place in a sunny studio furnished with reformer machines and mats, which can double as beds if you just never want to leave.
At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.
Since opening its doors in 1984, Ma Maison De Beaute has devised a bevy of healing skin treatments designed to mend dermal issues both minor and severe. Eggshell-colored walls, furniture, and décor, illuminated by a sparkling chandelier and candlelit fireplace forge a luxurious atmosphere for spa services that range from relaxing pedicures to Velashape laser cellulite treatments, which use infrared light to recontour golf-ball-dimpled bodily surfaces to more closely resemble their smooth-talking ping-pong cousins. An expansive selection of skin products helps staffers tailor the six flavors of facial to suit each client's skin type, whereas artful waxing services remove unwanted fuzz and sculpt contoured, tidy brows.
Firm Body Evolution pairs age-old practices with modern technology to help people look and feel younger. The fitness center specializes in natural weight loss and detox treatments on a cellular level to promote overall health, all the while focusing on relaxation. FBE's eclectic services work alone or in harmony to treat a slew of ailments with whole-body-vibration treatments, Jade Infrared Sauna sessions, and machine-assisted lymphatic compression massages. The generous 4,500-square-foot facility features private treatment rooms and more rarified amenities including an alkaline water station, aromatherapy-infused air, and free parking for commuter hot-air balloons.
From a luxurious, marble-heavy refuge nestled in the iconic Sunset Tower Hotel, the illustrious team at Argyle Salon & Spa pamper every guest like their high-profile celebrity clientele, earning mention in magazines such as Vogue, Hollywood Reporter, and Los Angeles magazine. Hands calibrate each muscle-melting massage so that each ounce of pressure addresses individual needs. An extra 30 minutes of suite access included with the massage package encourages patrons to spend time soaking in a sea-salt bath, lingering under a hot shower, or boiling 10 3-minute eggs. Luxuriaters then retire to the baths to sink into an indulgent, moisturizing milk bath enriched with almond oil and vanilla accents, and steep themselves in the spa's hammam, a low, steam-heated pod that can help open up pores and detoxify the corporeal form. A stint in the traditional Turkish treatment bolsters the facial package, which inspires cellular renewal in sun-damaged, dull-seeming skin. Crafted with Arcona products, the soothing facial incorporates a peel that cleanses and activates skin with organic fruit enzymes, restoring balance and coaxing out pore-blocking pygmy marmosets with a fresh botanical bouquet.
Chocolate Sun provides environmentally friendly, organic sunless treatments that were named the best in LA in InStyle's 2009 Beauty Blackbook. The all-natural formula uses flowers, herbs, plants, salts, and sugars and is alcohol-, paraben-, and ghost-free. Each treatment is customized to suit your skin tone and takes about 10 minutes to cover your entire body, from head to toe to head of the inverted subterranean anti-you. Not only will your skin achieve a natural looking, vegan tan without the unpleasant odors in most chemical solutions, it will be imbued with skin-healing antioxidants and conditioners, including green tea and cocoa-bean extract. SPF 30 is included in the solution, allowing you to shatter incoming sun rays until you shower or are caught beneath the tongue of a giant puppy. Call ahead to make an appointment.