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Trump Inauguration Day Stress: 5 Spa Treatments In LA To Help You Relax

Tomoko Spa in Beverly Hills is one of the many
relaxing places to which you can escape if you are stressed about Inauguration Day. (Photo: Tessa Neustadt/Tomoko Spa)

If you are stressed out about President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration, you are not alone. Many people around the country are feeling anxious and scared about the impending presidency of the controversial businessman.

So if the idea of watching Friday’s events makes you uneasy, turn off the TV and make the day about you. From soothing salt baths to calm magnetic healing, check out these five spa treatments in Los Angeles that will help you relax on Inauguration Day.

Partnering with Shankara, Burke Williams
hascommitted to bringing some of the finest and purest Ayurvedic aromatherapeutic essential oils in the world to this service. Made solely in India, these oils are 100 percent
organic, paraben, alcohol and chemical free. All of Shankara’s net profits fund global nonprofit humanitarian projects, implemented by the International Association for Human Values.

Multiple Locations

The ancient yet ageless practice of Ayurvedic medicine has been in existence for more than 5000 years. In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body and environment. Using traditional herbal blends and warm aromatherapeutic essential oils, time-honored Ayurvedic body treatments provide the ultimate in relaxation and restoration as they calm the mind, balance the three doshas and create a profound sense of bliss and contentment. Shirodhara is a deeply soothing traditional Ayurvedic treatment that calms the central nervous system and integrates the mind and body to achieve a heightened state of awareness, relaxation and contentment. Your treatment begins when you select the herbal massage oil specific to your mind-body constitution (dosha). You will be expertly massaged with the warm herbal oil, ending with the traditional Shirodhara, a constant and gentle stream of oil poured over the third eye to create a profound state of happiness and mental clarity.

80 minutes for $215 ( $169 for members)

Grotto de Sal’s interior has
been designed using Feng Shui principles, which allow energy to flow freely. Inspired by the Dead Sea in Israel,
the Grotto takes on a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on mental, physical and emotional well-being. (Photo: Grotto de Sal)

Himalayan Salt Room and Dead Sea Salt Float at Grotto de Sal

145 N La Brea Ave., Suite E, Los Angeles

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Grotto de Sal is the first wellness center of its kind, committed to making the healing properties of the mineral-rich Dead Sea accessible and attainable to all. Step into the Himalayan Salt Room and breathe in dry salt aerosal and refresh the lungs in this claryifying treatment. A great place to meditate, grab a warm cup of tea and enjoy as you rest in our salt room. The halo-generator does all the work for you, all you have to do is sit and breathe. Then take a dip with the Dead Sea Salt Float, a luxurious, private Dead Sea salt bathing experience that soothes sore muscles and aches, as well as gently exfoliates the skin.

$30 for 30 minute in salt room

$80 for 45 minute float

The spa is fed by a strong
flow of 96- to 105-degree water from the artesian well that Richard S. Grant found when he bought
the land — then a wheat field — to subdivide for a housing development in 1910. (Photo: Beverly Hills Hot Springs)

Body Scrub and Body Care at Beverly Hills Hot Springs

308 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles

Beverly Hills Hot Springs is Los Angeles’s only 100 percent Natural Hot Springs Spa. It is believed that Hot Springs water help stimulate circulation, relax muscles, combat fatigue, alleviate skin disease and cure arthritis, anemia, neuralgia (painful nerve disorder), high blood pressure and certain gastrointestinal diseases. Try the spa’s signature Body Scrub, an invigorating scrub with seaweed soap that exfoliates and cleanses the skin, removing dead layers of skin and improving circulation. Follow up with a Body Care treatment featuring a soothing skin conditioning massage with milk, oil, cucumber mask and yogurt that leaves the skin feeling satin smooth.

SaunaBar has implemented
Magneceutical Health’s latest magnetic resonance therapy system, the Magnesphere,
a cutting-edge piece of machinery that utilizes electromagnetic fields to “enhance feelings of relaxation.” (Photo: SaunaBar)

Magnesphere at SaunaBar

11677 San Vicente Blvd #208, Los Angeles, CA 90049

SaunaBar’s Magnesphere (magnetic resonance therapy) is the ultimate high-tech healing treatment. As guests sit in a space-like chair where an invisible electromagnetic field surrounds them, realigning the body’s cells on a molecular level. By realigning, they mean restoring cells to their greatest level of vibration. Or simply put, it helps the body work the way it was meant to. Patients remain awake for the 30-minute sessions, but have been known to drift into comforting slumber because the magnetic hum of the two copper coils on each side of the cockpit are so comforting. Magnetic resonance therapy helps to relieve pain, stiffness and stress. It also can aid on a mental and emotional level.

$70 for 30 minutes

The Japanese Experience For Two at Tomoko Spa

141 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills

Have a partner that needs an escape too? Head to Tomoko Spa in Beverly Hills for the premiere treatment, the Ashiyu, a detox foot soak that begins to calm the tension of your feet and body, beginning a journey of peace and joy. Move on to Ofuro (a Japanese natural bath) treatment along with the 60, 80 or 100 minutes of the signature couples Tomoko massage, which includes a private suite with private shower and tub, organic green tea, Japanese fine sweets and sushi from Sugar Fish.


Exclusive: 150 British Indians run Vitality 10k for Indian charities

BY RAHUL LAUD: More than 150 runners including many British Indians have taken part in the Vitality British 10k London Run in aid of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV).

The iconic route starting on Piccadilly outside The Cavalry & Guards Club on Hyde Park corner, saw runners make their way past huge crowds and London landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square before finishing at Whitehall.

The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a worldwide organisation with a mission to make the world a better place by fostering globally the values that unite us as a human community. IAHV has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

IAHV supporters were drawn from diverse nationalities with a strong contingent of British Indians all dedicated to helping underprivileged children in India including the IAHV’s Gift a Smile and Read Library projects.

Ashish Monga leader of the IAHV UK’s Read a Book project said:

“By providing a library of books for schools, the aim of this IAHV project, is to give poor children access to quality books, to promote their reading and learning and to expand their knowledge. As part of promoting a holistic, value based education, IAHV is partnering with the Read Library Project which has already provided more than 25 libraries for schools, benefiting nearly 3500 children. The Read Library Project will be delivering and monitoring the libraries which will be funded by IAHV. Each library costs £250 each.”

Sue Hindle, Director, Trustee and Member of the IAHV Board UK said:

“We were all really impressed by the great work that Ashish and his team have been doing to set up libraries in schools in India. This project to establish school libraries and to promote reading for school children is an excellent fit with the work IAHV is already doing to provide schooling in India. We are very pleased to be working with the Read Library Project to set up libraries and to promote reading in many more schools.”

Gift a Smile spokesperson, Nimisha Parikh, said: ‘’Gift a Smile provides free, holistic, value based education to underprivileged children in India and elsewhere.The Gift a Smile programme was started a few years ago to build schools and provide education for children in the underprivileged rural, tribal and slum areas of India. We currently support over 400 schools in 20 states across India, providing free education to over 40,000 students. ‘’

Nimisha added, ‘’The Gift a Smile Project, funds an innovative school service programme for children and their communities in India. It has laid the foundation and created structures that facilitate free, value-based, quality education without compromising on the dignity of children from underprivileged areas. As part of the project, children are given free education, medical care, free transport, stationary, books, nutritious meals, and school uniforms.’’

Deepa Shukla, who is a IAHV volunteer and lead organiser of the 10k run said: ‘’The IAHV-UK British 10K, is a project that is very close to my heart. Having led the project for the last two years, I have really had the opportunity to understand the core values of IAHV. It has been a privilege to support the IAHV initiatives and through the British-10K we have endeavoured as a team to increase awareness of IAHV and the outcomes of our projects. My message to everyone is the IAHV-UK British 10K Run is a fun yet fantastic platform through which we can all contribute to achieving a stress-free, violence-free society. ‘’

IAHV, International Association of Human Values is a non-profit organisation founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It has a global presence and holds special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). With an ultimate mission of creating a peaceful society that is stress-free and violence-free their initiatives reach out to a wide community. Through their projects they strive to empower individuals through education, self-development and outreach programmes.


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