Ancient medicine has taught modern society ways to heal ailments that cannot be treated with pills, high-tech machines, or exceptionally earnest bucket lists. Look to your ancestors with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a 60-minute reflexology session at 8th Wonder Spa in Glendale (a $40 value).
8th Wonder Spa's trained reflexologists implement the age-old Chinese-massage modality in a chic space marked by plush, vermillion armchairs and a sprawling mural of the ocean. Lounging on a sofa, clients soak feet in Chinese herbs for 20 minutes while their head, face, arms, and hands enjoy a thorough, fully clothed massage with or without a protective space suit. Reflexologists swaddle water-stepped paws in toasty towels before slathering aromatic spearmint lotion on skin and kneading feet and lower legs in an effective pressure-point style, devoting 15-minutes to each gam. Like a holistic transformer, the sofa then morphs into a table, where massage artists perform pressure-point therapy and percussive movements from head to toe on the back of the body.
8th Wonder Spa
During 8th Wonder Spa's signature reflexology sessions, guests lounge in cushy recliners as they look out through the spa's windows at an ocean of clear aqua-green water and trained reflexologists work on relieving tension through their feet. Other services allow for the same level of indulgence, including a foot soak featuring a wooden tub of Chinese-herb–infused water and head-to-fingernail massages that instill relaxation with novel sensations. Aromatic massage lotion enhances massages, during which fully clothed guests recline onto a table as skilled therapists activate pressure points and birthmarks all over the body with gentle tapping.