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From Gua Sha Facials to Tea Time in Chinatown: Our Favorite Wellness Stops in Los Angeles

From Gua Sha Facials to Tea Time in Chinatown: Our Favorite Wellness Stops in Los Angeles

LA’s wellness scene is almost as synonymous with the city as Hollywood (and the two are related, to be sure). But it’s also not just juice bars and boutique fitness studios: Los Angeles’ sprawl offers a veritable feast of unique health destinations that bridge age-old wisdom with new age learnings, science with aesthetics, and tried-and-true approaches with a unique spin.

In the mood for Old Hollywood luxury or an authentic TCM treatment session? A one-stop shop for reproductive health or a mind-bending facial? We’ve got you covered with our go-to itinerary below.

For a day of healing and absolute luxury:
Pasadena
If old-world Los Angeles elegance is what you’re after, then a visit to the landmark Langham Hotel is a can’t-miss—and that includes a transformative few hours spent at its Chuan Spa. With the help of modern technology, Chuan integrates the principles of TCM across its robust treatment menu. You might, for example, try the Chuan Muddy Elements: a next-level wrap that incorporates the five Chinese elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) into five different signature muds. Cap it off with a few minutes in the herbal steam room—and finish off a relaxing day at the famed Huntington Gardens, which is just a couple of miles down the street.

A modern tea experience in the heart of Chinatown:
Chinatown
If the traffic and urban sprawl ever feel like too much, might we suggest a detour to this airy tea house? Steep features a refreshingly minimalist menu of Chinese and Tea herbal blends—a welcome alternative to the ingredient laundry lists found in many of LA’s wellness-geared water holes.
Finally, the 360-degree health experience women deserve:
Santa Monica, Silver Lake

Primary care, reproductive support, and mental healthcare all under one, impeccably designed roof? It’s been so long overdue, that it’s easy to see why Tia has rapidly expanded to open one-stop women’s health clinics in New York, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and LA. For just $15/month, members get access to holistic medical services ranging from acupuncture to fertility support. (The clinics take insurance, too.)

Life-changing acupuncture in an industrial-modern setting:
West Hollywood

Sure, aesthetics shouldn’t be the defining factor in a good wellness destination—but in our opinion, they also don’t hurt. Thankfully, Poke offers both a premium service and a space designed as a “radical sanctuary of stillness.” Every treatment “pod” feels like a warm, peaceful cocoon—a stark contrast from its Sunset Boulevard environs.

A gua sha facial that delivers visible results:

DTLA, Venice, Chino Hills

An oxygen facial? Botox? A gut health consult? The Things We Do offers it all—in a highly Instagrammable space, to boot. While just about every menu offering is a treat, we’re partial to the Sacred Facial, which combines ancient gua sha with modern cell-boosting techniques for an undeniably sculpted, hydrated look.

Holistic care rooted in ancient wisdom:
Miracle Mile

For those seeking a more integrated approach to ancient therapies, East Meets West’s mid-city clinic is a local favorite for holistic healing. From nutritional support to acupuncture, ear candling to medical yoga, consider this your one-stop shop for finding balance.

For acupuncture ear seeds that look as good as they feel:
West Hollywood

For a TCM experience that feels positively modern, it’s hard to miss at Vie Healing. Practitioner Mona Dan offers everything from moxibustion and herbal medicine to nutritional consults with the aim of restoring balance. But her signature service is actually acupuncture to-go: 24k gold ear seeds that look like delicate piercings but target key healing points on the ear. (In TCM, the ear offers a map of the body.) 

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