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Best Massages in Los Angeles

September 7, 2015 2:20 AM

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When you get a massage, you’re generally there to alleviate stress or relieve pain. You may enjoy the sensualness of a gentle, therapeutic massage, but sometimes you prefer a more aggressive, invigorating rubdown. Other times, you’d be perfectly content with a drive-by quickie at one of those chair massages you see at the mall. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you know that nothing beats a good massage like a good price tag to go along with it. These best massages in Los Angeles have one thing in common — they’re all under $100.
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(credit: Tikkun Holistic Spa)

Tikkun Holistic Spa
1460 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 319-1111

As the byproduct of a Reiki master and orthopedic surgeon, Tikkun Holistic Spa brings together the best of Korean spa treatments and medicine with therapeutic massages and a holistic approach to healing that encompasses all of the senses. You can restore your energy with a Shiatsu or take it easy with a traditional Swedish massage. Release everyday toxins from your body with a hot/cold jade stone massage or clear your head with a nice cranial. Tikkun tops the list with its full-body bamboo massage treatment in addition to its skincare and hair services. You’ll love the sauna rooms here, too.

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(credit: Moonstone Massage Therapy)

Massage Therapy Center
2130 Sawtelle Blvd. Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-8989

This magical place made LA’s hot list for best massage of 2014. The center interviewed and worked with as many as 2,600 people before selecting the 40 professionals that make up its staff today, at least half of which are master-level massage therapists. Massage Therapy Center offers flat-rate pricing for all massage styles based on time increments, so you won’t get charged extra charge for advanced treatments; just ask for it when you book an appointment so they can find you someone particularly adept at your preferred massage style. All massages include complimentary fruit, cucumber water, eucalyptus steam and other bath amenities. The free parking really puts the icing on this cake.

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(credit: Michelle M./Yelp)

Pho Siam Thai Spa
1525 Pizarro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-8484

You haven’t really had a Thai massage until you’ve had a complete stranger climb on, knee you in and step all over your legs, back and arms. It sounds worse than it actually is, but people rave about how awesome and relaxed they feel afterward. For one of the most authentic Thai massages in town, look no further than Pho Siam where an unannounced foot fetish can leave you feeling pretty violated if it’s not your thing. Get your feet wet with a quickie Thai massage or go all the way with a total Thai relaxation massage. 

Related:  Best Deep Tissue Massage In LA

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Aqua Thai Spa
1279 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 478-6680

On the west side of town, Aqua Thai Spa holds the title for best all-around massages in West Los Angeles. This nice little getaway indulges the senses the moment you set foot on your journey to relaxation with the aroma of scented oils. Aqua Thai Spa takes pride in its use of natural products. Show up weekdays before 2 p.m. for early bird specials or opt for an express massage at an awesome rate if you don’t have a full hour to spare. You can book appointments online or over the phone.

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The Massage Place
Multiple locations

If you find yourself in different parts of LA every day for work, then the Massage Place offers convenient options at any one of its 10 locations throughout Los Angeles. Get relaxed with a Swedish massage, alleviate stress with a deep-tissue massage or improve your flexibility with a Thai massage. Restore your body’s flow of energy with Shiatsu or minimize injury with a sports massage. Whatever your preference, it’s hard to go wrong with spa-quality service and super affordable prices.

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The Spa at the Ritz Carlton LA
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8800

You’ll feel like a billion bucks after being treated like a star athlete and getting your muscles lovingly pummeled in a sports massage at the Ritz-Carlton’s plush spa. A glass of champagne awaits your arrival in the super chic 8,000-square-foot spa. Intensified pressure combined with stretching will leave you feeling relaxed, and completely refreshed.

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The Spa at Terranea
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-2800

If you’re going to indulge yourself, then really indulge with the Ocean Prelude spa treatment – two hours of pure bliss. As you enter the oceanfront spa suite, you’ll be taken aback by the sheer beauty of the vast, blue waters laid out in front of you. A gentle sea breeze flows into the room, with rhythmic crashing of the waves. Only the highest quality ingredients are used during this detoxifying and nourishing body treatment. Cocooned in a warm seaweed wrap, your body temperature rises and the detoxification begins. (Note: Icelandic kelp is used, not the common variety found just below the bluffs.) Next, you’ll step into a deep, copper tub for a salt water bath (salt from the Dead Sea) and aromatic oils. After a lovely soak comes the best part, the massage. Drool factor is off the charts! Ask for Joseph, who uses the perfect amount of pressure and has an innate talent for body work. Afterwards, you’ll feel like one with the sea, or at least like a jellyfish. Float away in the spa pool and gently make your way back to reality.



Sea Wellness Spa
Hotel Casa Del Mar
1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-5533

Getting a massage at the Casa del Mar in Santa Monica is living proof that good things come in small packages. Here, relaxation is the name of the game as massage therapists work both your physical and mental being to put you in a relaxed state. The eco-friendly Sea Wellness Spa offers a myriad of massage and spa options such as anti-aging and hydrating skin care, full on body de-stressers like hot stone massage therapy and much more.

Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on
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  • Rachel Winokur

    great list liz, thanks! and so happy you enjoyed your treatment at sea wellness spa at casa del mar. i designed the eco luxury spa and i love to hear such positive feedback. i hope you had a chance to relax in the quiet lounge before or after your massage. i love that room! you can see more spa pics at

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