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.
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.
Healing traditions both old and new collide at Health Within, where licensed acupuncturist Afsheen Nehoray and his team care for patients with thousand-year-old holistic techniques and state-of-the-art scientific methods. Nehoray—who holds a master of Oriental medicine degree—specializes in Chinese medicine, having trained with experts in areas such as Japanese acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture, and Chinese internal medicine. Believing that the best results often arise from a combination of Old-World wisdom and cutting-edge care, he and his crew may also use innovative light and sound therapy for brain relaxation or stimulation or FDA-approved, 24-channel quantitative electroencephalography machines to map brain activity. Using that assessment, Nehoray then conducts neuro-feedback sessions with computer-assisted technology in a process designed to optimize electrical brainwave functioning and alleviate conditions such as depression, pain, or the inability to recite The Iliad from memory.
Flickering votive candles cast a peaceful glow over spheres of green roses, ornate Thai sculptures, and river-buffed stones at Sparadise, where massage therapists dispel aches with five signature therapies. Thai massage incorporates rocking, stretching, and acupressure into its soothing regimen, and deep-tissue massage targets sub-muscular knots. Sweet-almond-lemongrass or grapeseed-eucalyptus oil facilitate the Swedish-style moves of the aroma-oil massage, and rocks from the sun's cobblestone streets characterize the hot-stone massage. Herbs, oils, and teas, meanwhile, lace the foot spa's bath with fragrant botanicals.
Co-founded by Israel Garcia and Francisco Ramos, Shahr Salon & Wellness combines its creators’ passions for beauty and healthy living in one elegant space. Garcia oversees the beauty team, heading up a suite of salon services helmed by his own talents, which he uses on celebrity clients such as Nicky Hilton and Armie Hammer. Ramos, on the other hand, educates his clients in healthy living both of a physical and spiritual nature through his yoga practice. In addition to providing class-time for those simply looking for a workout and stress-relief, he leads full-on teacher certification courses for aspiring yogis.
Kima Holmes firmly believes that in this hectic world, massage and other holistic treatments are not luxuries, but necessities—an ideology that has been forged during 14 years as a licensed massage therapist. In the comfort of her private studio, Kima provides solace from aches with therapeutic massage modalities such as flowing Swedish strokes and firm, deep-tissue pressure. Clients may also draw on Kima's four years of experience as a hypnotherapist to help achieve personal goals such as giving up smoking, losing weight, or getting "Bohemian Rhapsody" out of their head.