Zen Out in SoCal: 20 Healing Spas and Resorts in California

Healing Spas and Resorts in California

Besides relieving stress and encouraging relaxation, a massage can actually help manage pain, lower blood pressure, and improve both your flexibility and range of motion.

When you couple massage therapy with related practices, such as meditation, yoga and fasting, you’ll rid yourself of toxins — both spiritually and physically.

Whether you’re looking for an hour-long massage in a day spa or a week-long cleanse at a retreat, you’ll find exactly what you need in our list of 20 great spas and resorts in California.


Rejuvenate With Jan, Twitter: @DetoxSpaRetreat

You’ll get the whole treatment with Jan Minter, a massage therapist and colon hydrotherapist who has been doing cleanses professionally for nine years and personally for 20. The “Rejuvenate with Jan” Detox Cleansing Fast Retreats are set in the Lido Palms Resort & Spa Desert Hot Springs, a ten-room facility where the only guests on site are the fasters.

The week-long program is designed for participants to lose as much toxicity as possible and includes yoga, massage, colon cleansing, daily classes, transformational breathing sessions, skin brushing, detox and mineral baths, and more.


Miracle Springs, Twitter: @miraclesprings

This Palm Springs resort features mineral springs with its luxury spa therapies. You’ll find exclusive body treatments such as scrubs, polishes and wraps. Available full body massages include therapeutic, Swedish, hot stone and one called a Body Balancing massage. The spa also offers guests revitalizing sauna and hot mineral water experiences.


Rock Spa, Twitter: @HRHPalmSprings

Located in select Hard Rock Hotels, this Palms Springs full-service spa is designed to soothe and pamper both body and soul. There are four luxurious treatment rooms for traditional body treatments, including massage and facials.


All About Massage, Facebook: All About Massage

Founded in 1997 — and the official massage provider for the annual BNP Paribas Tennis Open — this day spa offers standard and specialty massages as well as Thai yoga massage, hot stone massage therapy and something called “Sticks and Stones Therapy,” which combines hot stones and bamboo tools with massage.


We Care Spa, Twitter: @WeCareSpa

Specializing in juice fasting and spiritual retreats that enhance detoxify and rejuvenate, WCS has been providing anti-aging treatments, juice fasting and colonics for more than 25 years. Other therapies include well-being treatments such as lymphatic stimulation and a full range of massages, including reflex foot massage.


Two Bunch Palms, Twitter: @TwoBunchResort

With a meditative grotto at the heart of this hot mineral springs spa resort, Two Bunch Palms has reason to call itself “an oasis of peace, healing and serenity.” Day guests to the whisper-only spa can experience the healing waters of the grotto along with immersion and massage therapies, mud baths and New Asian Therapy bodywork.


Massage Rx, Facebook: Massage Rx

In addition to offering facials, microdermabrasion, peels and waxing, this day spa has couples massages performed by two therapists working in tandem. A variety of massage therapies are available, including authentic deep tissue massage and lymph drainage massage.


Hacienda Hot Springs, Facebook: Hacienda Hot Springs

This boutique mineral spa hotel is an oasis in the desert with mineral pools and a lagoon, the waters coming from an an underground aquifer. Guests who soak in the therapeutic, mineral-rich waters experience deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Spa visitors can also enjoy the Finnish rock sauna and choose spa treatments with ingredients that include native plants and herbs. One therapy exclusive to The Hacienda is the Vinotherapy, a custom-developed organic wine and grape seed therapy.


Quality Massage Therapy & Skin Care, Twitter: @QualityMassage1

Quality Massage will bring their massage therapy and holistic facials to you with their mobile service. Their signature treatments include organic detoxifying body wraps and combos such as scalp and reflexology. They guarantee you’ll feel better in 60 minutes or less.


Revive Wellness Center, Facebook: Revive Wellness Center

Revive is a medical spa, one of the largest in Palms Springs. Spa services include everything from a Fijian sugar and coconut milk scrub and massage to an Austrian Moor therapy mud wrap and cellulite seaweed wrap.


Spa at Andreas, Facebook: Spa at Andreas

Andreas is a Day Spa and Resort, and day guests can use the pool at the hotel before or after massages, facials and other various body services offered in the spa’s six treatment rooms. If you’re local to the area, watch for specials offered by the spa in appreciation of their patronage.


Spa Terre, Twitter: @RivieraPS

An 11,000 square foot spa with 18 treatment rooms, private steam rooms, relaxation areas and a Watsu pool, the Spa Terre is part of the Palm Springs Riviera. Its sole purpose is to cater to body and soul, and you might agree with that perspective when you take in the design details and other amenities, including a Buddha Lounge, Jacuzzi, spray tanning room, sauna, hair and nail salon, and fitness center.


Studio M, Facebook: Studio M

The day spa at Studio M Salon and Spa offers a full array of services, including massage treatments (ranging from Swedish, deep tissue or hot stone with options that include craniosacral, reflexology or Hawaiian Lomilomi, among others). There are anti-aging facial treatments, skin treatments and exfoliation, in addition to waxing and nail treatments for both hands and feet.


The Saguaro Spa, Twitter: @theSaguaroPS

Located in The Saguaro Palm Springs boutique hotel, this spa offers a full range of services including massages and facials. There are also unique body treatments, such as one called the Limeade hydration, as well as the Date Shake detox and Intraceuticals, which is the Saguaro Spa’s signature oxygen-infusing and skin-plumping treatment.


Massage Envy Spa, Facebook: Massage Envy of the Desert

This Palm Desert location of the national ME chain offers professional, affordable and convenient customized massage therapy and facials. You can add enhanced therapies to your treatment such as a sugar foot scrub as well as aroma and deep muscle therapy. If you’re a member of Massage Envy, you’ve got access to their massages and spa facials at hundreds of locations nationwide.


Palm Mountain Spa, Twitter: @palmmountainres

Putting the “aaaah!” in spa is the goal of this quaint day spa at the Palm Mountain Resort, steps away from the Palm Springs Village. Services include a variety a massages plus facials, body wraps and scrubs, designed to free you of stress and tension.


Elements Spa, Facebook: Elements Spa

This resort spa is located inside the Hilton Palm Springs. It offers an assortment of services in its nine treatment rooms, which include three couples’ rooms. Starting with a eucalyptus-infused steam and refreshing Swiss shower with nine adjustable body jets, you can move to a variety of massages (Swedish, deep tissue, desert stone or Shiatsu) after you’ve experienced scrubs, wraps and masks.


Parker Palm Springs, Twitter: @parkerpalm

A 13-acre yacht club resort in the desert has a manifesto, part of it being: “We believe in inner beauty. But, do what you can on the outside.” To that end, you can choose from spa services that include standard Swedish, hot stone or deep tissue massages and pore-cleansing facials as well as sugar scrubs, spa pedicures and seaweed wraps. You may prefer their specialty Thai-inspired massage, which combines massage with movement and stretching, helping to release blocked energy and work pressure points.


Estrella, Twitter: @ViceroyPS

The Estrella is a full-service luxury spa inside the boutique Palm Springs resort, soon to be known as the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs. Spa guests are offered complimentary use of the fitness center and can choose to enjoy manicures and pedicures poolside. There’s also the option of having your whole body massage done in one of the venue’s private outdoor treatment cabanas.


Mirela’s Spa du Jour, Facebook: Mirela’s Spa du Jour

Mirela and her team of professionals will pamper you at this day spa for between two to four hours, with treatments from facials and makeup to massage and body treatments as well as waxing, nail and hair services. They invite guests to luxuriate in their total approach to beauty care.


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