Four new concepts for the mind, body and soul keep SoCal at the forefront of wellness.
StretchLab co-founder Saul Janson’s favorite part of his session with his longtime trainer and business partner Tim Trost had nothing to do with lifting weights. “I wanted to pay him just to stretch me,” Janson says. Turns out he wasn’t alone. Trost and Janson opened the doors to the popular StretchLab on Rose Avenue in Venice this summer with physical therapist Dr. Steve Sudell. Now, Brentwood and West Hollywood locations are also in the works. From $25-$43; 512 Rose Ave., Venice, 310-450-2510; stretchlabvenice.com.
With its light azure walls and vibrant artwork, Love Yoga feels more like a lively neighborhood hub than a fitness center. “We wanted a studio with a fun and light atmosphere and a social energy,” says New York transplant and co-founder Kyle Miller, who relocated back to the West Coast with business partner Sian Gordon to expand the business from its Montauk flagship. Teachers to the likes of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Julianne Moore, Miller and Gordon instruct many of the Vinyasa classes. From $18/class; 835 Lincoln Blvd., Venice; loveyogaspace.com.
After 10 years as a costume designer and wardrobe stylist, Azalea Lee enters a new realm with Place 8 Healing, her crystal sanctuary in Downtown L.A. Visitors can find everything from her Art Deco-inspired metaphysical jewelry line, As Above So Below, to a Crystal 101 workshop, which teaches the basics of working with the gemstones, including how to use them to calm the mind and body. Private healing sessions for spiritual and emotional detox are also available. “It’s like a spa for the soul,” says Lee. 120 E. 8th St., Ste. 902, L.A., 213-493-2018; place8healing.com.
Those looking to rebalance can head to
The Now, where co-founders Amy Krofchick and Erica Malbon offer a nurturing experience in an accessible way. “We’ve created a new massage category that lives somewhere between the exclusive, pricey day spa and the traditional Eastern-style establishments,” says Malbon. Choose from a signature Swedish massage that combines Thai stretches and trigger-point release (The Now), to more concentrated options, which can focus on cranial work (The Upper) or reflexology (The Roots). From $35/30 min.; 7611 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-374-6552; the-now.co.
Written by Caroline Cagney and Christine Lennon.