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Press Highlights: Net-a-Porter, RackedLA, US Weekly & More

More and more people are discovering the Spa Sophia experience, and we've been getting a ton of great press! Net-a-Porter raved about our Esalen Massage, Haute Living named our CryoStem DNA Facial one of their Favorite New Facials, RackedLA listed us as one of the best spa’s for pre-wedding bliss, and magazines like USWeekly and Life & Style featured us too! See articles below...

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For more press about Spa Sophia, go to our Press Page!

 

 

New Massages: Esalen Massage, Jade Stone Massage & DeStress Express

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Spa Sophia is excited to offer the Los Angeles area three new massage treatments! Massages have a tremendous amount of health benefits, and ours will completely recharge your body and soul. Wether you need a quick pick me-up during the workweek or an extensive experience that leaves you absolutely Zen, we've got you covered!

Esalen Massage

The Esalen massage was created at the world famous Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and we are proud to be one of few spas that offer this type of massage in Los Angeles and even Southern California. Using long, integrating strokes along the entire body, the Esalen body worker includes techniques from Swedish and Deep Tissue massage styles, along with breathing techniques from yoga teachings. The gentle rocking and kneading moves performed to the sound of ocean waves, bring you to an alpha state of total relaxation. A massage that truly has to be experienced! The Esalen massage is performed by our new massage therapist Michael. Read more about this massage therapist with over 25 years of experience in our Meet the Team section.

90 minutes - $150 | BOOK NOW

Jade Stone Massage

Let the healing qualities of Jade Stone work wonders on your back and neck. This specialty massage incorporates heated and cooled stones placed on key parts of the body, used to destress organs and discharge toxins.

60 minutes - $85| BOOK NOW

DeStress Express

This head, neck, and shoulder massage will wipe away the work day in a half hour! Shrug' off tension with targeted kneading and acu-pressure to work the boulders out of your shoulders, and instantly relax your neck and scalp. Stop in at lunch and take a break from the computer, the phone, and your desk. Leave feeling lighter and refreshed!

30 minutes - $50 | BOOK NOW

See all of our massage treatments here, book one online nowemail us, or call (310) 564 6676 to set an appointment.

Massage Therapist & Ayurvedic Practitioner Megan Darwin Brings PostPartum Massage to BirthFit !

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Spa Sophia teamed up with Los Angeles' expecting and new moms fitness movement BirthFit! As part of their PostPartum Series, massage therapist and Ayurvedic practitioner Megan Darwin gave a group of new moms a taste of her healing hands. On top of samples of the pregnancy and postpartum massage, Megan also shared helpful information about Ayurvedic cleansing and the importance of the postpartum massage. See more details below...

Megan: "Postpartum massage is so important - nurturing the nurturer. You can't show up and be all you can be for your family if you're exhausted and depleted. You really need to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your family.  Self oil massage and baby massage makes such a difference in the lives of both mother and baby."

Here are some pictures of the event.

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Want to experience a pregnancy massage yourself? Book one online now, e-mail us, or call (310) 564-6676 to set an appointment!

New Facials: Men's Facial & Hangover Facial

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Spa Sophia is kicking off the new year by adding some great new treatments to our Los Angeles spa. Let's start with our fantastic new facials: We now offer the Hangover Facial and the Men's Facial! Want to know more about these wonderful facials? Read on...

Men's Facial

Keep your man looking hot! This facial is a tailored treatment for men, and was created to offer relief for dehydrated, aging, and environmentally damaged skin. The men's facial detoxifies the skin, restoring a firm, youthful and radiant complexion. It includes cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, face/neck/shoulder mini massage and a cocktailed mask.

60 minutes - $120 | BOOK NOW

Hangover Facial

This facial will leave you looking like last night never happened! Your escape begins with an uplifting cleanse, followed by an exfoliation buffing off last nights residue. An intense hydrating mask combined with Atoxelene will then instantly plump, firm and lift the skin. Our cooling globes and mineral spray will de-puff and replenish the under eye area. Voila! You'll look like you slept a solid eight hours!

70 min - $150 | BOOK NOW

Want to try one of these new treatments? Book Online, email us, or call (310) 564 6676 to schedule an appointment.

Spa Sophia at the Celebrity filled Pre-Grammys Beauty Suite!

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To celebrate the Grammys, Spa Sophia partnered with Get Buzzed and Azione to create a super exclusive pre-Grammys celebrity beauty event. Celebrities like AnnaLynne McCord, Menu Suvari, Heather McDonald, Charissa Thompson and many others all got treated to the Spa Sophia experience in a fun, intimate setting in West Hollywood. See pictures and details below... To contribute to the red carpet celebrity spa beauty prep, Spa Sophia joined Epicuren, Azione, ChromeGirl, InfinitySun and Michael Todd at a private beauty event February 4th and 5th. Massage therapists extradordinaire Michael Canvin and Ayla Thurmand as well as esthetician Natarsha Bimson treated an exclusive club of celebrities, bloggers and press members to brow shaping and massages, see the photos below...

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Spa Sophia & Azione Pre-Grammys Celebrity Beauty Event Love

Allure published an article about the event, and we got a lot of love from the attendees, both in person and on social media. Here are some highlights...

“This was so much fun! It was so great to step away and get pampered! From nails to brows, everything was amazing!”

- Danielle Directo, Associate Editor, RACKED LA 


“Thank you for having me, it was really fun and I can’t wait to post all about it!”

- Kate Mansi, ACTRESS

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Want to get the celebrity Spa Sophia treatment as well? Call us at (310) 564 6676 or e-mail us to set an appointment.

 

The Best DIY Avocado Face Mask for Dry Skin

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Need a little skin pick-me-up, but no time to come to Spa Sophia? Opt for one of Spa Sophia best DIY face masks! While it may not be the same as our groundbreaking facials and relaxing spa experiences, it keeps your skin healthy in between treatments. This delicious DIY avocado face mask recipe is one of Spa Sophia esthetician Natarsha's favorites. It's intensely nourishing, softening and great for those with dry, parched or dehydrated skin.

DIY Avocado Face Mask Recipe

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1tbsp raw honey
  • 1tbsp raw Shea butter
  • 1tsp powdered raw cacao
  • 1tsp vegetable glycerine
  • 1tsp raw coconut oil

Optional but recommended:

  • 1 vitamin E capsule pierced and squeezed in
  • 10 drops of organic rose hip oil
  • 5 drops vanilla absolute
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil

DIY Avocado Face Mask Instructions

Whip all ingredients together into a smooth, creamy mask and apply to face after cleansing and exfoliating, lever on for 20 minutes. Keep remaining mask in fridge and use as needed. If you're vegan you can substitute agave nectar for the honey. The oils are optional but give this mask an extra sensory dimension and extra nutrients for the skin.

Esthetician's Comments

"The avocado is super rich in nutrients and oils, while the honey and raw coconut oil provide a soothing and mild anti-microbial effect. The vegetable glycerine is a humectant, helping to pull moisture in to the skin, the cacao is rich in antioxidants. Honey and agave are hydrating, Shea butter is nourishing and softening. Vitamin E aids in cellular repair and rosehip oil is rich in beta carotene and provitamin A, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of cancer in premenopausal women."

Tried this mask? Share your thoughts!

Prefer a real facial from one of our skilled estheticians? Go to our Facials Page to see the full list of treatments we offer, and book one online, email us or call (310) 564 6676 to make an appointment!

Spa Sophia Holiday Specials 2014

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Christmas carols, christmas trees, pretty lights...December is upon us. Of course Spa Sophia is totally joining in the holiday spirits. From special gift sets to discounts to stuffed stockings, we're celebrating the Yuletide with multiple specials. And - as icing on the cake - holiday drinks!

Holiday Gift Sets

Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Look no further! Spa Sophia now has beautiful and specially discounted Jurlique and Zents gift sets available for under the tree. Or you can just treat yourself, of course! See all our special holiday gift sets here.

Stuffed Stockings With Massage Gift Cards

Want to gift your loved ones a memory rather than something material? How about a moment of pure relaxation, or a clear, completely renewed skin? From Spa Sophia credit to specific treatments, Spa Sophia has many gift card options. And if you buy a massage gift card at the spa, you'll receive a stocking filled with goodies along with it!

Zents Holiday Special

Our Zents Holiday Special is also still valid, and will be throughout all of December. With the Zents special you get 20% off all Zents products when you purchase a Zents Journey Aromatherapeutic massage. Find out more about this special here, and book the Zents massage online, through email or by calling us at (310) 564 6676.

Spa Sophia at Abbot Kinney's First Friday Holiday Edition

To celebrate the holidays with you in a more personal way, we're hosting a little holiday get together! This Friday 5 December during Abbot Kinney's monthly first friday festivities in Venice, Spa Sophia will start celebrating at 6PM. Drop by and enjoy some champagne and small treats while receiving treatment demos, and checking out out holiday gift sets!

Jurlique & Zents Holiday Gift Sets

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Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Look no further! Spa Sophia now has beautiful and specially discounted Jurlique and Zents gift sets available both online and at the spa. Give these luxurious sets to a loved one, or just treat yourself!

Jurlique Holiday Gift Sets at Spa Sophia

Precious Rose Duo

Share the precious gift of rose this holiday season. This gift set rebalances skin and spirit. Includes Rose Hand Cream and Rosewater Balancing Mist.

$30 | BUY NOW

Indulgent Oil Trio

Gift a collection of luxurious, nourishing body oils this festive season. Crafted with rich jojoba and macadamia oils for deep hydration, and delicately scented with essential oils. Included Rose, Lemon, and Lavender oils.

$95 | BUY NOW

Limited Edition Rose Body Oil

This deluxe edition Rose Body Oil will help you glow this festive season. Lightweight, balancing body oil that deeply nourishes and softens skin and the senses. Can be used as a massage oil for all skin types. Provides hydration and antioxidant protection.

$68 | BUY NOW

Petite Hand Creams

Collection of our favorite hand cream miniatures that deeply hydrate with rich formulas and powerful essential oils. Four gorgeous scents will invigorate your senses. Included Rose, Citrus, Lavender, and Jasmine 0.5oz hand cream tubes.

$32 | BUY NOW

Hydrating Favorites

Our best selling Jurlique products in one set! This gift set brings potent plant oils and antioxidants together to hydrate, restore and protect skin, and improve dryness and dullness.

$98 | BUY NOW

Zents Holiday Gift Sets at Spa Sophia

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Bath Truffles

Lusciously relaxing, sumptuously softening bath truffles are the perfect holiday treat. Age-defying passionflower and ginkgo help to restore supple, smooth skin. Soothing Arnica combined with detoxifying Epsom salt and pink Himalayan salt melts sore muscles. Available in Mandarin, Ore, Earth and Sun scent.

$6 | BUY NOW: MANDARIN | EARTH | ORE | SUN

Bath Truffle 4 Packs

Lusciously relaxing, sumptuously softening bath truffles are the perfect holiday treat. Age-defying passionflower and ginkgo help to restore supple, smooth skin. Soothing Arnica combined with detoxifying Epsom salt and pink Himalayan salt melts sore muscles. Each box contains 4 truffles. Available in Mandarin, Ore and Earth scent.

$28 | BUY NOW: MANDARIN | EARTH | ORE

Body Care Gift Sets

A rich botanical Lotion with a luxe Shower & Hand Wash creates this elegant duo. Superior hydrating formulas, packed with 100% organic shea butter, replenish skin’s natural glow. Available in Mandarin, Ore, Earth and Sun scent.

$49| BUY NOW: MANDARIN | EARTH | ORE | SUN

Big Changes at Spa Sophia

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Fall is here, and with the change of seasons, big changes have also come to Spa Sophia. It is with a heavy heart that we're saying goodbye to two estheticians who have been with Spa Sophia for a long time. Amanda Coggin's goodbye is a "see you later," while Jessica Luk will be saying goodbye for good...

A Message From Jessica Luk

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After much thought the family and I have decided to move up to Portland, Oregon before the end of the year. This of course means that I won't be returning to the spa. I want to say thank you to everyone for teaching me so many things and for making me excited to come into work every day. I have even been so lucky as to call many of you friends! I will miss so many of you but please don't be a stranger if you ever find yourself in Portland!

Much love, Jessica

Amanda's Extended Leave

amanda coggin los angeles aesthetician facialist waxer spa sophiaWe want to extend our love and support to our esthetician Amanda, who will be taking an extended leave from Spa Sophia. Amanda has returned to her home town to help her family and care for her dad as he recovers from a medical emergency. Amanda has expressed her sadness at leaving so abruptly and wants to thank her clients for their warm conversation, advice and support they have shown over the past 2.5 years. She asks for your thoughts and well wishes at this time and notes you will always be in good hands with the other wonderful therapists at Spa Sophia.

New Ladies At Spa Sophia

Although we're sad to see Jess and Amanda go, we're also very happy to welcome new members to the Spa Sophia family. Please welcome our new esthetician Natarsha Bimson, and new front desk ladies Lucille and Angela. Read more about these lovely ladies on our Meet The Team page...

A personal note from Sophia Marzocchi

I feel the need to reach out and thank all of you for your understanding and loyalty in these great transitions. I have total faith in the new evolving team but these ladies have been with me since the beginning and I will admit it is very sad to let go. I must have faith and remember that everything truly happens for a reason and I am beyond grateful for the exceptional new team. I am dedicated to maintaining the quality and care of our services no matter what so please reach out to me personally if you have any feedback or requests as we move forward. You as clients of the spa are of the utmost importance. Thank you so much for believing in us and allowing us to be a part of your lives.

Let us send love and prayers to Amanda and her family as well as Jess embarking on her new journey...

Feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback.

Sincerely, Sophia Marzocchi

Why You Should Not Pop Pimples

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To pop or not to pop? When you're staring at that annoying, unsightly zit in the mirror the urge to pop it can be strong. You probably heard it before though: You should really, really not pop pimples. And if you absolutely can't stop yourself, at least pop your pimples like a pro. How? Let Spa Sophia's esthehticians tell you. But after why we tell you why you should not pop pimples!

How Does a Pimple Form?

Our pores contain sebaceous glands, which produce sebum. This is an odorless, waxy substance that benefits our skin in multiple ways: It coats our skin to protect it from external hazards and bacteria, it makes our skin water resistant, and it lubricates our skin. It also helps regulate our body temperature.

Our body continually renews our skin, generating new skin cells and shedding dead ones. Sometimes, however, our skin doesn't properly shed dead skin cells, which causes pores to clog. This leads to a buildup of sebum, dead skin cells, and finally bacteria. And this is what we call a pimple or zit. The good thing about pimples is that they're contained. A zit or pimple is basically a small contained sack of gunk beneath the skin. A pimple will dissolve on its own in 3 to 6 days.

Why You Should Not Pop Pimples

Why not pop pimples? Because you'll only make things worse.When you pop a pimple, you break the contained sack of gunk, and may cause the it to splatter. This in turn can cause the gunk to clog other pores and lead to more pimples. It's also possible that the gunk doesn't all come out fully. In that case the pressure you exert on the pimple causes the gunk to spread even deeper underneath your skin. On top of that new bacteria from your fingers can enter the pore. All this can lead to an even bigger pimple, a whole cluster of pimples, or even an inflammation beneath the skin. So either way, it gets worse. A last reason why you should not pop pimples is that you may cause scarring, and scars stay for much, much longer than a pimple, if not forever.

How To Pop A Pimple If You Absolutely Have To

You know now why you should not pop pimples, but if you absolutely can't resist, at least make sure you do it carefully. At Spa Sophia we have gloves and professional tools such as comedone extractor to do it, but we're assuming you don't have those at home. So what to do?

  1. Make sure the pimple is ready. If it doesn't have a white head, it isn't, and you'll likely just cause a deeper infection.
  2. Sterilize a needle by holding it in a flame and rubbing it down with alcohol.
  3. Sterilize your fingers and the skin surrounding your pimple with alcohol.
  4. Prick the white head of your pimple head on and squeeze around it to release the gunk.
  5. Apply some alcohol or other antibacterial agent to the pimple. This may sting a little!

There you go! Now you're an expert on why not to pop pimples, and how to pop them when you absolutely have to. The best thing is preventing pimples, of course. Facials with peels and exfoliation can really help just that. Check our facials here, and book one online or call 310 564 6676 or e-mail us!