Listen to this – massage is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. In an economy that’s still struggling to get its head out of the vice tightened around its neck, it’s imperative to take the time and unwind…and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
In China, they know what’s up. On every street corner there’s a foot massage place that gives you in and out bliss that doesn’t break the bank. If you’ve been in LA for a while, you’re probably noticing the trend happening here too.
Gone are the spa days of the past where you had to save your pennies for months to enjoy a few hours of the indulgence. In the last two years, the no-frills versions of spas are opening up in every neighborhood like Starbucks. The set ups are simple and standard. Chairs are set up theatre style, chill music and dark lighting play a part in setting the scene to set you straight. They are clean, peaceful and well-staffed. Back to the no-frills part. Most of these places are based on volume to keep the cost down, so the close quarters aren’t always helpful in keeping you in the spa zone while the stranger next to you is moaning or his phone is vibrating. It happens. If you can get over annoying people online at the grocery store or next to you at the movies, you can tune them out at the spa and let your muscles and tension melt away.
Many of these establishments focus on the feet to lure you in but also offer full body massage so the rest of you doesn’t feel jipped. LA is fast paced and time is of the essence. For $25-$35 for an hour, the communal spa is here to stay, keeping you sane, younger and your road rage at bay.
Try Foot Inspiration on Ventura and Beverly Glenn. From anywhere in town, it’s worth the drive.