All in the interest of research, Erin and I subjected ourselves to 3 massages in 3 straight days. The only requirement was of course that we had never had the type of massage before. I know – it sounds a bit indulgent but we decided that rather than give each of these massages their own week, we would stuff it all in one so that we could compare and contrast. First and truly foremost, we learned you never get back-to-back massages unless you’re able to tell someone to take it easy on you or it’s a nice relaxing hot rock massage (more on that one later).
Day One was reflexology – so cheap that it didn’t matter how good it was. Turns out what we thought was a massage with a focus on our feet was a pretty good full body massage that only cost us $20! Granted you had to share the room with about 15 other people (and listen to a xylophone version of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”) but they did a good job of keeping it pretty quiet. On Day Two, we got a Thai massage. The masseuse holds onto bars above you and walks not only on your back but also your legs and arms. This one was awesome mostly because you don’t expect that having someone standing on your calf could feel as good as it does.
Finally, and the absolute best, was the hot rock massage. After having the knots painfully kneaded out of us in at least 2 different ways, it was most definitely time to relax. Maybe this one didn’t do as much for our long-term stress but it was an hour of bliss. If you’re interested in any of these massages, here’s the list. Try them all; just don’t try them all at once!
Beijing Foot Massage in Redondo Beach, CA; Busaba Thai in Redondo Beach, CA; Lounge Spa in Culver City, CA