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Summer Soothers ~ Seasonal Spa Treatments


Good times under the sun’s rays can get the better of us sometimes, which calls for some TLC during the summer season. These treatments soothe and heal, and remind us to take extra care of ourselves.

By Marina Chetner, Vanessa Harris, and Felicia Tomasko

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Beauty Balance Scalp Treatment

Ona Spa

Los Angeles

If all signs of tension caused by traffic gridlock don’t dissipate upon entering the calm of this Balinese-inspired space, they will during Ona Spa’s Beauty Balance Scalp Treatment. Caring for the tresses in the summer months is frequently overlooked. While we are constantly reminded to apply SPF to the skin, exposing untended hair to the harsh elements – salt, wind, chlorine, and sand — usually means dealing with dryness and constant frizz-taming.  During this treatment, a jojoba oil blend is applied to the scalp and a coconut-based oil is rubbed through the hair’s ends; the Indian friction massage activates the crown chakra. As the oil absorbs, you’ll be treated to a hot stone shoulder massage, after which you’ll make your way downstairs to the Prive salon for a cooling wash and blow-dry. M.C.


90 min: $130


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Environmental Shield Vitamin C Facial

Massage Envy

Santa Monica

What a B-12 shot does for the body, Massage Envy’s Environmental Shield Vitamin C Facial does for the face. Reinvigorating, revitalizing, and rejuvenating, this facial is a must to protect your skin from the harsh summer sun. Dr. Murad, a pharmacist and dermatologist, specifically created the Environmental Shield line to even skin texture, wrinkles, sunspots, and environmental damage that comes from smog, stress, and pollution. Between Dr. Murad’s skincare line with its high performance ingredients, and Massage Envy’s expertise in body work, you get the best of both worlds as the facialist massages your hands, shoulders, and face during this anti-aging treatment.  After visiting Massage Envy’s Santa Monica location on Montana Ave, you’ll leave this treatment glowing as bright as the sunshine that greeted you. V.H.

60 min Murad Facial: $49 (members); $108 (non-members)





The Best Jade Stone Massage Therapy

Le Petite Retreat Day Spa


Entering the front door of Le Petite Retreat’s cottage facing Larchmont Boulevard transmits you into a different world far beyond the confines of LA. The South Seas-inspired decor  enlivens themed rooms, a relaxation lounge, a soaking tub for two, a wooden sauna, and treatment rooms found both inside the spacious cottage as well as in cabanas set up for couples treatments. Le Petite Retreat’s signature treatment is The Best Jade Stone Massage Therapy, which lives up to its name and then some. A skilled therapist utilizes the cool and warm jade stones as tools in this synthesis of styles. From acupressure to Thai, the strokes encourage detoxification, the reduction of inflammation, and the release of tension. It’s more relaxing than a trip to the South Seas–no passport needed. FT

60 min: $135; 90 min: $175



 Aloe Quench Massage

Ritz-Carlton Spa

Downtown Los Angeles

Aloe vera is known for its ability to soothe dry, irritated, or sun-baked skin, which is why it was chosen as the basis of one of the Ritz-Carlton Spa’s Summer Specials (available through August 31).  The nurturing and emollient properties of aloe vera, combined with the cool feel on the skin along with the skillful strokes of the therapist’s technique, nourish the whole body. Although this spa is in the heart of downtown, there is a strong connection to the local ecology as the aloe is harvested from the Silver LEED-certified Ritz-Carlton’s rooftop garden. After the session, you have the opportunity to relax in an elegant lounge chair and sip on fresh coconut water before braving the summer sun. F.T.

50 min: $140; 80 min: $180




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