By Gail Herndon and Brenda Goldstein
Flexibound | $24.95
ebook | $15
Discovering Ethnic Los Angeles, One Massage at a Time
Angelenos live on the cutting edge of trends, and now authors Gail Herndon and Brenda Goldstein have opened a window into the hottest trend in town (and yes, we’re counting food trucks): ethnic spa treatments. Combining a quest for therapeutic luxury with a love for the multi-ethnic patchwork that is Los Angeles, Herndon and Goldstein have created a guide to the most worthwhile ethnic spas across L.A. County: Thai, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Japanese, Hawaiian, Indian, even Maya abdominal massage.
Based on personal (and anonymous) visits to several hundred spas and massage-therapy centers, the authors describe the treatments and how they connect to the cultures; let readers know what to expect in terms of clothing, tipping, even parking; give tips on where to eat and shop while you’re in the neighborhood; and recommend particular massages and therapists.
From Long Beach to Woodland Hills, West Covina to Venice, more than 200 spas are featured, from small mom-and-pop shops to sleek mega spas, each with its own style and sensibility. Readers will raise both their adventuresome quotient and their understanding of the many cultures that make up Los Angeles, all while enjoying restorative and therapeutic massages.
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“A great resource on hard-to-find local spas”
— LA Weekly
“It makes exploring LA just through its ethnic food seem shallow. Why not throw your whole body into it?”
— John Rabe, KPCC