One thing that sets LA apart from most other cities is its obsession with all things metaphysical; now, these new-age disciplines are making their way into beauty salons and A-list spas. We delved into the realm of otherworldly treatments in and around town—whether you’re a hardcore believer or just seeking a fun story to tell at your next dinner party, these five won’t disappoint.
If you suddenly turn into an indecisive wreck when faced with the polish wall at a nail salon, enlist the help of it-girl astrologist and color theorist Rose Theodora. She’s partnered up with buzzy mid-city mani hub Enamel Diction (clients include Kelly Rowland and Maria Menounos) to offer color astrology readings. First, she’ll interpret your birth chart, and then she’ll recommend your power colors for the month to come, based on the stars. A fully personalized, 60-minute nail design experience is included. ($65-$90). 5405 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 323-900-0355
Need proof that holistic wellness is going mainstream? One of LA’s most classic luxury hotels, the Four Seasons, has an energy worker on its spa staff. Jeannette von Johnsbach’s hands-on healing technique will transport you into a blissed-out state as she works to clear “energetic blockages” from your body. You’ll likely emerge after an hour ($180) or two ($355) feeling light, peaceful, and balanced—we noticed an improvement in a chronic health issue after just one 60-minute session. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310-273-2222
A-list skin pro Terri Lawton has taken a holistic approach to her facials since way before alternative therapies were on-trend—a method that’s lured celebrity clients from Demi Moore to Naomi Watts. Lawton is best known for her Signature Facial, which blends all the deep-cleaning qualities of a standard skin treatment (including custom-blended serums) with meridian therapy to activate “beauty chi” and “cranial facial work” that’s said to melt away stress and promote a symmetrical visage. In September, Lawton plans to incorporate radio frequency equipment into her practice; food allergy testing is also available. (Price upon request). 931 ½ La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310-855-0895
You don’t have to take peyote to have a transcendent experience in the desert. At the Ace Hotel’s Feel Good Spa, opt for the one-hour Good Vibrations session ($120) to get your mind, body, and spirit in check through a customized mix of guided meditation, crystals, sound healing, and other groovy disciplines. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760-866-6188
The Asian-inspired spa at Santa Monica’s historic Casa del Mar hotel combines over-the-top luxury with esoteric principles in this 90-minute treatment. Designed to help the body recover from electromagnetic pollution (thanks a lot, cell phone), this ritual involves chakra balancing with gemstones, a diamond-dust-infused mud mask, and a purifying massage using magnetic tools. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310-581-7767