The hot stone massage originates from an age-old tradition of Native Americans who would use special stones heated by water to soothe achy muscles. The “relaxing and balancing nature of hot stone massage is believed to soothe common aches and pains, poor circulation, arthritis pain, stress and anxiety and even insomnia.” While many day spas offer this type of massage therapy, it is important to know what you’re in for. After surveying several day spas around the Los Angeles area, here are the top five places for relaxation and revitalization.
LaVida Massage of Placentia
1033 E. Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870
During a hot stone massage at LaVida Massage of Placentia, several hot stones (usually between 122-127 degrees Fahrenheit) are placed along the spine and back targeting tight trigger points, as well as in the palms of the hands, on the stomach and possibly between the toes to better connect these energy pathways. Hot stones offer the ability for the masseuse to relax the muscles, release the tension and work more deeply on the particular area. LaVida Massage offers a clean and warm environment where therapists are California trained and licensed. It is closed on Mondays.
7373 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
At Ona Spa, it’s all things good. In French Basque dialect, “ona” means “all things good.” When clients book a hot stone massage at Ona Spa, they look forward to melting their stresses away for 80 minutes. As they enter into an “altered state,” therapists place smooth heated basalt stones and rub therapeutic bindi oil over tired, sore muscles. A hot stone massage offers results without deep pressure. Celebrity fans include Jon Cryer, Anne Heche and Sean Hayes.
Club Prive Salon
10401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100 B
Los Angeles, CA 90024
A Facial Essential at Club Prive Salon is nothing but extraordinary. The appointment-only boutique specializes in luxurious facials. But the most fabulous part about its unique-to-individual-client facials is the use of heated stones on the face, neck, shoulders and décolletage to relax and revitalize. Club Prive expert estheticians customize each facial selecting top-of-the-line products infusing the latest in anti-aging technology and include exfoliation and eye treatment.
656 N. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
The “penetrating warmth of heated basalt stones in combination with specific massage techniques” leaves clients in a deep state of euphoria at Kinara. With the goal of relaxing and opening up tight sore muscles, Kinara’s therapeutic hot stone massage also helps realign the muscle tissue. Kinara, which means “on the edge” in Hindi, features an intimate day spa setting.
Tikkun Holistic Spa
1460 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The hot stone massage is a tad different at Tikkun Holistic Spa. At this wellness sanctuary, clients who seek to relax and replenish the spirit book the spa’s Hot/Cold Jade Stone Massage . The radiant heat from the jade stones release built-up toxins while the cold stones reduce inflammation and invigorate the soul. Known for its special Tikkun Therapeutic treatment rooms, the spa features several including the Chinese Jade Room, the Korean Hwang Clay room, the Salt room and Ice room.
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.