Even though the beginning of spring breathes some very welcome new life to the social scene, it often piles on hefty heaps of work, too. And when your stress level reaches that straitjacket level of insanity, it's important to take a step back and remember that your health matters most. Everybody deserves a little R&R, and what better (and faster) way than to work out those knots and shut off your mind than a massage? For your physical and mental kink relief, we've got the best rejuvenation stations in L.A. lined up right here. We encourage you to treat yourself with the gift of touch—no one will blame you for falling asleep to the sounds and smells of a great spa.
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Photos Via (clockwise from top left): Ona, El Leon, and Ona
We recently had a one hour Exhale Flow massage (heaven) at this nook of wellness inside the Fairmont Miramar, and were so relaxed that it was tempting to just check in to the hotel afterwards! They also have the eponymous yoga center and Fig restaurant within feet of the spa. The current trend for the regs is to take a class, get a massage, and grab a glass (or two) of wine at happy hour — the ritual's been dubbed Detox Retox. We love it!
Exhale Spa, 101 Wilshire Boulevard (At Ocean Avenue); 310-319-3193.
El Leon Spa
This Mid-City bliss factory's claim to fame is a Hawaiian Hot Stone massage, combining oh-so-well placed basalt rocks and long fluid strokes that are sure to induce a full body melt.
El Leon Spa, 8217 Beverly Boulevard (Near North La Jolla Avenue); 323-782-9582.
The word Ona means “quick fix” of the back, neck, and shoulders , but this Moroccan-styled spa's tension relief can last for days. It's by and far one of the best massages in the city, and if you sign up for their emails, they always offer great last minute deals (so worth offering up your info!).
Ona Spa, 7272 Beverly Boulevard (Between Fairfax and La Brea Avenues); 323-931-4442.
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