After discovering Lilese Skin Care, I vowed to never buy another Groupon again when it comes to my skin. At Lilese, they use the gentlest, finest natural ingredients and aromatherapy oils. When I leave, my skin always feels soothed and not scathed. Before meeting the owner, Liliana, I had tried everything short of laser therapy to remedy my flawed skin. Today, it glows. But what I love most about Lilese is the service. This is the equivalent of a small town barbershop. Liliana greets you with a hug and a story, always adding a pearl of wisdom and insight. Then, as you lay on her table, all is quiet as her magical hands lull you into a state of deep tranquility. Lilese offers a variety of spa and skin services. To find out more, or to book an appointment, visit their website at: www.lileseskincare.com.
Wi Spa takes the concept of day spa to a whole new level. Their 24 hour facility includes hot and warm baths, a fitness room, a full service restaurant and a variety of state of the art sauna rooms, including my favorite, the Clay Sauna, which uses clay imported all the way from Korea to detoxify the body. They also offer a variety of massages and treatments, such as the body scrub, a full body exfoliating treatment that has been practiced in Korea for generations. If you go to Wi Spa, make sure you have nothing planned for the day, because I guarantee, you’ll never want to leave. To find out more, or to book an appointment at Wi Spa, visit their website at: www.wispausa.com.
If you’re looking for a massage without all the frills, (or the costs), The Massage Place is where you want to go. They offer one of the most affordable massages in town and one of the best ones as well. Each of their massage therapists is highly qualified and they put much care into their work. I’ve been to several of their locations throughout Los Angeles, and have left feeling completely relaxed and satisfied every time. Unlike several of their competitors, they do not spend ten minutes of your massage time asking you questions. From the moment you walk into the room and are undressed, their hands are hard at work. The Massage Place offers occasional specials as well, making their prices more than affordable. Just be sure to tip generously since you’re getting such a bargain. To find a location and to book an appointment, visit their website at: www.themassageplaces.com.
Silver Horse Ranch’s mission statement is to “teach people how to deepen their relationship with horses and in the process, discover their authenticity.” Horse therapy is one of the most powerful healing techniques used today, especially when dealing with traumas. At Silver Horse, owner and director, Sara Fancy uses rehabilitated rescue horses she has trained herself. I can personally attest to the fact that Sara is a brilliant healer and has helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life. Her methods may seem unconventional at first, but they create results, much more profoundly (and quickly) than traditional therapy. And her horses are incredibly attuned, aiding her clients in the healing process. Silver Horse Healing Ranch is a magical place deep in the heart of Topanga. To learn more about Sara and her horses, or to book an appointment, visit her website at: www.silverhorse.org.
Tucked away off of Sunset Boulevard, just step away from the Pacific is an oasis of beauty, displaying some of the most spectacular flora in all of Southern California. The Lake Shrine is a ten acre sanctuary, including a natural, spring fed lake, dedicated by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1950. Many visit the lake Shrine to walk the grounds and gardens, which include flowers and plant life from around the world, or to visit the World Peace memorial, housing Gandhi’s ashes. Others come to meditate in the Windmill Chapel, or on one of the mosaic benches with a view of the sinuous waterfall. All are welcome to this haven, including children, who love to feed the turtles and coy, or to watch the swans glide across the serene lake. This truly is one of the most picturesque places in the city, and one of the most tranquil too. To find out the hours or for directions, visit the Shrine’s website at: www.lakeshrine.org.
El Matador is one of the most secluded and scenic beaches in all of Southern California, but sadly, it is not longer the secret it used to be. El Matador is mottled with giant arcs and rock formations and sea caves that are fun to explore. The windy path that leads from the parking lot to the beach is a bit of a hike, but it’s well worth it when you reach the sand. Be sure to visit El Matador at low tide, when you can see starfish and sea crabs and an array of anemones in the tide pools, otherwise, there will be no beach. There is always a wondrous display of sea life to see, such as dolphins and sea lions and during migration season, even an occasional whale. El Matador is located at 32100 Pacific Coast Highway, just two miles north of Zuma. Be sure to bring money for parking and while picnics are allowed, alcohol is not, and the rangers are there to enforce it.