The Spa at the Ritz Carlton LA
900 W. Olympic Blvd.
A brand new luxury spa has arrived in downtown LA’s first five-star hotel, completed to the tune of $2.5 Billion. 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, new spa. (Getting a sports massage next to the Staples Center, where all the pros play, seems appropriate.) 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, refreshed and ready to play another game. Ask for Delesha – an excellent massage therapist with an intuitive touch.
The Spa at Terranea
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes
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 (no need for environmental taped music here!). You might even see dolphins playing. As they say… location, location, location.
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
1910 Ocean Way
Getting a massage at the newly-refurbished spa, at Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, is living proof that good things come in small packages.
My incredible massage therapist, Amir (an expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture) was able to work-out knots of tension I didn’t even know existed. His skills and techniques were right-on target, as he seamlessly incorporated different massage modalities: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Thai, Shiatsu and even Tui Na (a Chinese massage and physio-therapy, which focuses on pushing, stretching and kneading the muscle).
The description for a deep tissue massage at the Sea Spa states, “Using various therapeutic techniques applied with deep, direct pressure, the massage works to decrease pain, restore function and release taut muscles.” Check. Done. A+.
- Liz Laing is a writer, Web designer and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her latest projects may be followed on LizLaing.com.