The circumstances that led Johnny Ray to open Private Practice Carino Massage are peculiar, to say the least. It began when an airplane crashed into Johnny's Hollywood apartment building in 2003. It got worse when he suffered a three-story fall as a result of that crash. It got better, physically, when Johnny sustained emergency surgery and took time off from his job as a certified massage therapist to recover. And it got better, spiritually, when he used that time off to visit a healer in his family's home country of El Salvador. The healer's Mayan and Pipil techniques restored Johnny's sense of holistic alignment and gave him a new perspective on the role that bodywork treatments could play in helping clients find relief from pain.
With over 26 years of experience, the one-on-one private treatments at Carino Massage combine these ancient Mesoamerican techniques with modern modalities, including Swedish, reflexology, and shiatsu methods. In addition to using his palms, knuckles, and fingers to soothe tense musculature with the help of water-based, hypoallergenic lotions, Johnny Ray also leads clients through a series of integrated breathing exercises that promote a state of calm, introspective focus. These treatments share the common goal of alleviating stress, although Johnny Ray takes care to modify each session so that he is better able to address each client's particular needs.
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.
Trina Renea started out in L.A. as a singer in a punk band, later taking a more peaceful turn into the skincare and spa world. Having amassed more than 15 years of experience in the health and beauty industries, today she's the owner of Facial Bungalow. To best help her clients, she specializes in anti-aging facials and treatments that fight acne, rather than just encouraging it to move to the back of your head. She dabbles in cosmetic chemistry too, collaborating with experts on her product line, Trina Renea Skincare.
Nectar’s Mobile Spa’s relaxation masters travel to pamper clients in their homes or offices with all the necessary components of a soothing, relaxing environment in tow, complete with plush massage tables and flickering candles. Stressed shoulders unclench during a jet-lag relaxation treatment as warm compresses hydrate skin parched from high-altitude jaunts or vacations on desert islands. A full-body massage then unfurls bunched-up ligaments, and a mini facial brightens visages with a youthful glow.
Evolve’s experienced practitioners are trained in the arts of acupuncture and massage therapy, tailoring each treatment based on the patient’s habits, diet, and emotions. The needles used for acupuncture are completely sterile and so small that all you’ll feel is a tingling as the tip makes contact with your Qi. Click here to see what acupuncture can do for you and pit its benefits against the benefits of a relaxing massage in a relaxation cage match.