Life, Los Angeles

My Experience at a Korean Spa

Living in Los Angeles, I have heard here and there about Korean Spas but never got the grip of them. The girl who used to do my lash extensions swore by them and she was a facialist, too. Other girlfriends had talked about it, but for one reason or another, I never made the time to go.

A couple of months ago, for my birthday, two of my best friends came to visit from Mexico City and I thought it would be the perfect time to try it out. I made an appointment at Olympic Spa which one of my most trusted friends in L.A. – a bon vivant, like yours truly – recommended. Out of a myriad of options, I booked the Pure Bliss treatment.

We didn’t know what we were coming to, so we arrived at our appointment on the dot. One of the hostesses was kind enough to move our appointment for fifteen minutes later so we could make use of the sauna, spas, etcetera. Ok! Thanks. So, we went inside and we found a cotton green robe. We were told to shower first and then wait for our number to be called. Seeing women walking around either naked or in their little green gowns, for some weird reason, made me think about the Handsmaid Tales. We walked into a room with showers, spa pools, a steam room, and Himalayan salt sauna. We only had a few minutes to use them, though. Although it felt strange to be walking around naked, there was a liberating aspect of it. There were all types of bodies walking around and it was okay. Normally, I was one to be a little uncomfortable when women in the locker room at the club or at the gym walk around naked, only this time I embraced it and made it okay. One by one, our numbers were called by a woman dressed in a black bra and black granny’s panties.

They took us to the back of the room where there were massage tables all lined up and separated by half walls. I laid down on my stomach and this woman began to scrub my body firmly, and followed by a splash of warm water. It felt so good! After a good twenty-minute (or more)  scrubbing time -where I am pretty sure I shed all the toxins and dead cells possible-  she applied a citrus-smelling body polish followed by a relaxing massage with aromatherapy oil. When you think it is almost over, the bliss continues with an essential oil scalp massage and a facial massage with a face mask that I am still dreaming about. Then, she washed my hair and conditioned it. I was sure it was over by then, but no! She massaged my body for just a few more minutes. When I was done, I put on the green gown and met my two friends outside. We looked at each other and couldn’t help but laugh. We were floating. We looked younger and restored.

A warm jade floor was waiting for us to relax even more. We laid down and took a mini-nap. We also talked about this newfound piece of heaven. One of our reflexions was that this was the ultimate example of letting someone else take care of you, which as mothers, we rarely do. And truth to be told, I am really good at taking care of my self and making sure I give myself enough of solo time, massages, facials, time with friends, etc. but there is something really special about letting someone else give you a bath, it is about letting go completely and be taken care of, like a baby. Also, my friend Jaros pointed out that the energy must be very clear and positive since the women that are receiving the treatments must be super grateful with the women giving them the treatment, so there is an exchange of pure gratefulness happening right there. Without knowing it or noticing it, you must benefit from that, too.

My skin felt softer than ever, so did my hair which I truly didn’t expect that. Pure bliss is the right name for the treatment because I really felt that: pure bliss.

Since then, I have been back twice and my experience has been equally amazing, although I have to admit that it was fun to go with friends. Yes, I am addicted now and Korean Spas are #mycupoftea!

Korean Spa is for you if:

? You don’t mind being around naked women, and one of them is you.

? You are into massages, face masks, skin-care rituals.

? You are not germophobic. Even though the spa is super, super clean and well-maintained, I cannot imagine someone who is overly conscious about germs, etc. to be able to relax or to enjoy it fully.

These are a few other Spas that some friends have recommended but I haven’t tried them myself:

Century Spa

Wi Spa

I would love to know if you have tried it and if you love it. Keep me posted.