To many people, there’s a stereotypical idea of what L.A. wellness entails: hikes in Runyon Canyon, whole-body cryotherapy, and virtual reality meditation—whatever that is. But Los Angeles has also become a haven for spiritual pilgrims seeking traditional forms of holistic health care and alternative healing. It is now common to find generations-old Asian and South American wellness modalities presented in chic, modern settings. These destinations typically offer multiple treatments, practices, and practitioners, helping us rethink how we can all lead richer, more mindful and balanced lives. Here is our guide to the best places for healing in L.A.
Based in Santa Monica, The Akasha Center offers an integrative approach to physical and mental health and wellness, with a staff of medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, acupuncturists, and physical therapists. Their extensive health team embodies a new model of health care by providing a whole-person approach to help patients with a range of troubling conditions, while offering alternatives to western pharmaceutical approaches.
This membership-based functional medicine clinic has a location adjacent to a WeWork outfit in L.A.’s Playa Vista neighborhood, where they operate a system for primary care medicine that combines modern medicine and smart technology with a functional, whole-body approach that anyone, anywhere, can benefit from. By offering zero copays, highly trained physicians, and unlimited access along with a holistic, smart-tech approach, Parsley Health is transforming primary care by putting members first.
Located in Pacific Palisades, this Ayurvedic clinic specializes in personalized 1-21-day Panchakarma detoxes, an extremely taxing nutritional regimen intended to create balance and health in body, mind, and spirit. “Ayurveda,” meaning the science and wisdom of life, is a comprehensive system of health and well-being, born in India over 10,000 years ago. It covers practices such as yoga, meditation, and natural medicine, all of which work together to treat discomfort and rehabilitate our physical and mental processes.
This Agoura Hills clinic takes a multivalent approach to curing disease and physical imbalances in the body and mind through a range of services including anthroposophical medicine, healing magnetic field therapy, integrative medical facials, conscious completion therapy, and more. All treatments are individualized to each patient’s condition and are holistically developed to activate the body’s natural healing processes.
Veda’s Beverly Hills clinic will assess your health and suggest suitable traditional treatments, including Panchakarma and Marma Chikitsa (Ayurvedic acupressure). Veda also offers cooking and food-sourcing tutorials to help you maintain their suggested diet and lifestyle changes after you leave.
The Lotus Center focuses on adapted Chinese modalities including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and massage therapy. Specialty services include fertility, rheumatology, and women’s health. Visit lotuscenter.com for a full list of services.
Meditation & Yoga
Unplug offers a wide variety of simple and eclectic classes led by some of the best meditation teachers in the country. Their mission is to make meditation effortless to learn and to inspire practitioners to pause, breathe, and unplug from their daily lives. Unplug has two studios—one in Santa Monica and one in West Hollywood—offering drop-in classes featuring a wide variety of meditation practices as well as sound baths, chakra healings, hypnosis, and more.
Wanderlust is a multi-story yoga facility located in Hollywood offering a range of asana classes, as well as health-centric events and workshops. They even have a healthy elixir café with plenty of outdoor seating for your post-yoga detox. See wanderlusthollywood.com for a full schedule of classes and workshops.
The Den has locations in the Miracle Mile and Studio City neighborhoods offering various practice sessions all day long including guided meditations, Reiki healings, sound baths, Qigong, and more. The space also has a treatment room for private energy healing and intuitive readings, as well as meditation teacher training.
Visit House of Intuition if you’re looking for anything from Reiki and sound healings to clairvoyant and tarot card sessions. See houseofintuitionla.com for a catalog of purchasable online healing instruments and a complete list of services.
Available services at WMN Space include sexological bodywork, Ayurveda consultations, Reiki facials, and more. Regular women’s circles are also on offer at the Culver City loft, as are specific circles geared towards issues like trauma and postpartum challenges.
Loom is a Mid-City outfit offering services for women looking for resources, education, and community throughout pregnancy. They offer classes around fertility, pregnancy and pregnancy loss, parenting, family planning for same-sex couples, overall wellbeing, and more.