Like a potato, if the human body is not properly mashed and moisturized, it will never be used for anything more than a science-project battery. Make sure your body is properly fluffed and buttered with today's soothing Groupon to The Raven Spa in Santa Monica. Choose from the following options:
- For $17, you get a 20-minute Turkish soak (a $35 value).
- For $35, you get a 30-minute Turkish soak and scrub (a $70 value).
- For $67, you get a 90-minute Turkish soak, scrub, and oil massage (a $135 value).
The Raven Spa boasts serene zen-like rooms, along with an attentive staff meticulously trained to make sure each fleshoskeleton leaves in tiptop shape. Clients settle into the elegant bliss of a claw-foot tub for a private Turkish soak, steeping in a mixture of plant extracts and herbs whose recipe, like the plots of most modern sitcoms, can be traced to the Byzantine Empire. After ensconcing bodies within an opaque curtain, seasoned therapists scour skin with an invigorating body scrub, taking off rough edges with an exfoliating and circulation-boosting buffing. For the full package, a skilled tension terminator then administers a one-hour massage with a special mixture of oils, giving tired muscles and minds the relief they need to take on the neighborhood sphinx.
The Raven Spa
Guests arriving to The Raven Spa may find themselves feeling like they've traveled a thousand miles away from their everyday cares. The aesthetic is both spiritual and indulgent, with stone statues that stand sentinel beside a plush purple couch and lush, sun-drenched drapes and glistening chandeliers holding court over an eastern-inspired communal massage chamber. A colorful patio overflowing with exotic flowers welcomes visitors to sit and soak in sunlight streaming between red and white umbrellas, creating a peaceful oasis for quiet reading or self-reflection. "Whoever comes here feels like it's their own," a front desk manager told LX TV's 1st Look, "Our whole goal is to take you away from whatever's out there."
The spa's international decor also mirrors its diverse menu of services, which includes acupuncture, facials, and hammam––a traditional Turkish soak that corrals plant extracts and herbs to nourish and detoxify the body. Therapists work out imbedded muscle kinks through seven varieties of massage including traditional Thai massage, which combines rhythmic kneads with yoga-like stretches and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which often sees practitioners using their elbows to nudge tension until it gets the hint and leaves.