The Spa Less Traveled. Discovering Ethnic Los Angeles, One by Gail Herndon

By Gail Herndon

Los Angeles’ striking ethnic range has introduced greater than unique nutrients and wealthy cultural traditions—it’s resulted in a wealth of fantastic (and highly reasonably cheap) massage remedies. Gail Herndon and Brenda Goldstein, either health-care pros, spent 5 years traveling Southern California’s Thai, Korean, chinese language, Russian, eastern, Indian, and Hawaiian spas, and so they proportion the main points on their favorites. They clarify the remedies and their advantages and inform you the place to move, what to anticipate, the right way to tip, even the place to park and the place to consume in the community. A superbly photographed and designed reward for adventurous Southern Californians.

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Both can be intense compared to Swedish. We believe that massage is a therapy, an art form, a healing ritual. It’s not something you sleep through, although if you do it frequently enough, that could happen! If you are looking for a more intensive massage or harder pressure, go for a deep-tissue massage. Thai herbal balls Thai Massage: With roots in ancient Thai culture, this bodywork aims to unblock trapped energy and improve vitality by applying pressure along the body’s energy pathways. You will typically be given fisherman pants—not just large but huge-waisted unisex pants with two ties at the back that should be wrapped around the waist and tied at the front.

A few cautions: Maya abdominal massage should not be attempted during your period, if you wear an IUD, or if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy. Shiatsu at Rolling Hills Shiatsu Center Pregnancy Massage: Pregnancy massage (sometimes called prenatal) adapts to the needs of pregnant women. Support is given to the back, hips and the precious belly with a body pillow positioned between the legs. You lie on your side for this massage, and if there is a pregnancy table with a cut-out for the belly, you’ll get the chance to lie on your stomach and enjoy massage on your back.

Therapists are typically happy to share self-care techniques that you can do at home. A few cautions: Maya abdominal massage should not be attempted during your period, if you wear an IUD, or if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy. Shiatsu at Rolling Hills Shiatsu Center Pregnancy Massage: Pregnancy massage (sometimes called prenatal) adapts to the needs of pregnant women. Support is given to the back, hips and the precious belly with a body pillow positioned between the legs. You lie on your side for this massage, and if there is a pregnancy table with a cut-out for the belly, you’ll get the chance to lie on your stomach and enjoy massage on your back.

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