Spas provide three of Maslow's fifth-level needs—breathing, water, and homeostasis, as well as three second-level ones—fame, glory, and fresh, clean towels. Create your own hierarchy of needs with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a one-day pass (up to a $25 value) to the Wilshire Spa, located in the throbbing heart of Koreatown. The one-day pass grants you access to the baths, saunas, heating rooms and lounge; massages, facials and other spa services are not included.
Wilshire Spa offers separate luxurious facilities for men and women, each accessible through distinct entrances. Sweat stressors into slippery oblivion in the sauna, or simmer tension out of your muscles in one of the retreat's bubbling hot tubs. For women, Wilshire offers three flavors of mind and body-purifying rooms, including a warming mineral-rich room that nourishes skin and brings balance to the body. The hwang-to room utilizes mid-level temperatures, yellow ochre mineral, and charcoal, which harnesses far-infrared technology to warm the body and ease soreness. The pure onyx room, or jim-jil-bang, provides a warm, soothing environment to relax and foster meditation, bringing balance though tranquility and the same onyxpower that keeps lasers and pacemakers running.
Men have access to their own dry and steam saunas, along with a soothing jade bath to put aching muscles at ease after pummeling them into soreness in the athletic gym. After or between any experience you can dunk yourself in a hot or cool plunge bath to realign your extremes. The 24-hour facility allows people with any schedule to drop in, even in the midnight hour, the eleventh hour, zero hour, or 3:42 on a Wednesday.
To promote wellness, Wilshire Spa gathers earthly elements believed to have healing properties, designs entire rooms around them, and then heats them to soothing temperatures. Cozy quarters lined with mineral salt help enhance the skin's oxygen absorption, whereas rooms of pure onyx are designed to improve metabolism and relieve muscle stiffness. The mid-temperature charcoal room, meanwhile, provides a quiet space in which to meditate and detoxify, and surrounds patrons with yellow ocher imported from Korea. After spending time in each room, guests can reinvigorate themselves or test the resolve of their mood ring by plunging into a cold bath.
The spa further encourages renewal through massages and facials. Its signature massage combines a Korean full-body scrub, a Swedish-inspired mineral-oil massage, and a shampoo and conditioning treatment for the hair, as well as a cucumber facial mask and warm dip in a milk bath. The decor also serves up tranquility: Renaissance-style murals and an abundance of pink orchids create a sense of calm, and the women's lounge area features pale-green walls crisscrossed by white outlines resembling trees.