Local ethnic spas offer adventure with your relaxation
You’re crazy for sushi, know the best Korean barbecue in town, and that little-known Indian restaurant is your go-to Thursday night spot. Yes, you’re a culinary world adventurer, but for some reason when it comes to spa services, a Swedish massage is as ethnic as many of us get.
We’ll we’re here to tell you that there’s a whole world of über-fab, ultra relaxing, global-inspired services just waiting to be explored right here in Los Angeles. From Thai massages to Korean scrubs to Russian platzas, these treatments are indulgent, calming, and best of all, often quite affordable. So put that passport down and get your spa on with these must-try ethnic spas.
2700 Wilshire Blvd.
Total relaxation available 24 hours a day? Sign us up! This traditional Korean spa has separate floors for men and women which each feature a variety of hot and cold tubs, dry and steam saunas, treatment stations, and showers. The coed floor is home to the fab specialty mineral saunas. We love the buff and massage that assists with detoxification, opens up the pores, and improves blood circulation, making skin healthier.
Soul Spa & Chiropractic
341 N. Redondo Ave., Long Beach
If you wanna get your culture on, head to the LBC to get your Mimi fix. Mimi, the founder of Soul Spa, is a native of Ethiopia who moved to the US by way of Germany. With over 10 years of experience, Mimi specializes in a combination of Indian massage, Swedish techniques, and reflexology. Check out the Indian Head Massage which increases circulation, energy flow, and stimulates the upper body.
Leelavadee Thai Wellness Center
8732 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
No need to book a plane to Bangkok when you can get your Thai massage just minutes from LAX. Using an East-West approach, Leelavadee helps to refresh your mind, uplift your spirit, and nurture your body. Unlike a traditional massage, a Thai massage is performed clothed, without oils, and uses a variety of gentle stretches to improve circulation and flexibility.
7700 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Forget the White Russian, Voda is the real Russian way to relax. The 15,000-square-foot facility features saunas, scrub rooms, and swimming pools. Try the Russian Bear massage that uses eucalyptus gel to relax tight forearms, wrists, stiff necks, and shoulders. Or sample the Voda platza, a rigorous massage performed in the sauna with the Venik, a leafy, fragrant bundle of oak, birch, or eucalyptus soaked in warm water.
CJ Grand Health Spa
10211 Balboa Blvd., Northridge and 1601 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 280, Hermosa Beach
Valley girls and South Bay beach bunnies know where to get the ultimate spa experience. The coed spa features dry and steam saunas, hot and cold Jacuzzis, a clay room, an ice room, and a salt room. Don’t miss the Buff Seaweed Green Tea Mask that expels toxins and bacteria with the help of fucus and lamanaria algae.
xx, The FabFitFun LA Team
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Posted on May 25, 2012