Cariño Massage


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  • Massage inspired by ancient Mayan techniques
  • Deep healing benefits

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Roller derbying is such a rough-and-tumble sport that just reading the words "roller derby" is enough to make anyone need a deep massage. For $45, today's Groupon will knead the phantom roller-skate tracks out of your back with a one-of-a-kind, 60-minute Cariño massage ($85 value) from Cariño Massage, now in West Hollywood, named Top Five Best Massage in LA for the past three years.

Developed by massage veteran Johnny Ray Nelson, the signature Cariño massage draws from ancient Central American Papil and Mayan Indians' use of oils and massage as an essential component of living. The Cariño massage blends kneading, concentrated breathing, and circular palm, finger, and knuckle strokes to make you feel a metamorphosis that lowers blood pressure, improves posture, boosts energy, encourages better sleep, sharpens concentration, and converts your currency into Canadian currency without you even having to ask. Your body and mind will get home feeling like they've been delivered straight from the pillow-marshmallow factory, just before it deliciously burned down.

While many Mayan prophesies remain to be tested by time and melting glaciers, their philosophies on how a body should be treated are packed with delicious proof-puddings. And with no limit to how many Groupons you can purchase, you can relieve the pain in all six of your aching backs.


Citysearchers give Cariño Massage five stars, as do the the many CityVoters who have made the studio a Best of LA pick for three years straight:

  • It’s truly an amazing massage from Johnny Ray! I have been frequenting his place for sometime now and always leave feeling fantastic. – AudreyS, Citysearch
  • The lucky people (including myself) who get to see Johnny for his Carino Massage know how much he truly, GENUINELY cares about making his clients feel great -- it's not just physical well-being, but emotional & mental well-being as well. – DLynActs, Citysearch
  • Truely an exceptional experience. Johnny Ray is a gem. He deserves to win #1 in LA. Highly recommended. – awickram, CityVoter

Carino Massage

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.

Customer Reviews

It was very good. Highly recommended.
Swee B. · September 7, 2016
amazing massage
Rebecca H. · June 20, 2016
Excellent massage and John was the greatest! Loved his technique. Will definitely return
Jeffrey · June 13, 2016
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    8350 Melrose Ave, Suite 9

    West Hollywood, California 90069

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