Allotting time for relaxation is necessary to avoid hectic 80-hour workweeks and awkward attempts to take a bubble bath during your morning commute. Pen yourself in for some pampering with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two day passes to Natura Spa (a $30 value).
The relaxation gurus at Natura Spa usher guests into an underground, Korean-style collection of saunas, steam rooms, and acupressure and massage services. In separate facilities for men and women, spa-goers can sit a spell in a dry sauna or smuggle a fillet of salmon and a side of broccoli into the steam room. Pamper sore muscles with the pulsing jets of a whirlpool before conquering the reinvigorating coolness of a cold plunge. The women's facility showcases imported Korean yellow clay and a jade room that highlights the stone's sacred properties of serenity, balance, and been-there-done-that attitude.
Although not included in the value of this Groupon, Natura Spa also hosts an array of soothing treatments. Visitors can partake in the signature body scrub, an exfoliating procedure that removes dead skin cells with moisture-laden unguents ($30), as well as acupressure massage therapies ($30+), which employ gentle compression and essential oils to ease muscle tension and promote diplomacy between knees and low-slung chairs.
Beneath the Wilshire Galleria, a historical retail plaza whose art-deco façade has become a Koreatown landmark, visitors escape the shopping bustle and quiet their buzzing minds within the tranquil environs of Natura Spa. Separate men's and women's spas invite guests into an assemblage of detoxifying rooms, including dry saunas lined in raw wood and a cold plunge pool framed by speckled tile.
Patrons can prolong their stay by investing in individual spa treatments, during which practitioners trained in traditional Asian techniques coddle muscles with acupressure and foot massage. The spa lends women additional niceties—UV tanning beds enable ladies to bronze their skin, and a mani-pedi station surrounded by stone walls invokes the building's underground feel more pleasantly than having the nail technicians dress as coal miners.