The Wilshire Spa

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This place is amazing. I decided I needed to treat myself last night around 8:30 PM after a long exhausting day at work, and it dawned on me that The Wilshire Spa was open 24 hours. I called them and asked if they could schedule a massage for me at 9:00PM and they were happy to accommodate  me for the service and any other services I requested.

 

I rushed over to Korea town and thought, “am I nuts going to a Korean spa at 9:00PM on a Saturday night?” Well, maybe I am, but my craziness paid off! I arrived and was given a plastic basket, my wrist band with the electronic key, a robe, and two towels.  I like to go a little bit early to enjoy the sauna or steam room prior to my massage.  Here is a little disclaimer- if you are bashful in any way shape or form, The Wilshire Spa might not be the place for you as bathing suits are not allowed and nudity is pretty much a requirement.

 

For $20.00 unlimited access to all of the facilities amenities, and $55.00 for an hour massage that is out of this world- I will take it all off!  I figure, “When in Rome…”.  Also, the men’s and women’s spas are in two separate facilities, and the staff is very professional.  Plus, you have the robe and towels to keep you covered.

 

My massage was amazing.  Granted the women do not really speak English, but they will let you know when to roll over, sit up, or stay- not like a dog obviously.  Anyhow, you start out face-down and she covers you with a towel. Then removes the towel and covers your entire body with loads of hot oil.  I had not remembered her climbing on top of the table the last time I visited, but that was two years ago.  She uses her body weight to massage your back and shoulders. What I cannot figure out is how she balances as the tables are covered in plastic and the hot oil is very slippery.  I guess they have their ways.  So, for a good 30 minutes she works on your legs, feet, hands, arms, back, buttocks…well you get the picture.  Then it is time to roll over.  She covers your “secret” with a towel and then massages your entire front including your chest- another disclaimer.  Just pretend you are French and that it is totally normal, and you will be fine.  My favorite part is the cucumber face mask.  She massages your face first with cooled lotion and wraps your hair in a towel. Then, proceeds to cover every inch of your face with actual mashed up cucumbers that feel amazing on your face as they are ice cold and very refreshing.  She wraps a towel over the mask while she then massages your scalp and then washes your hair.  The last step is the milk bath.  She removes the mask, ties your hair, and then covers you in warmed milk. She has you sit-up and pours some in your hands to apply to your face.  It was at this point I had to ask what the white stuff was, and she responded “milk.” Well, whatever, it does a body good I guess.  At this point she tells you to go shower and your skin feels amazingly soft and your body completely refreshed.

 

For more information, visit their website and enjoy The Wilshire Spa!

 

-Abby Fender

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