What It Is: The Now, A Massage Boutique
Who Tried It: Aili Nahas, West Coast News Editor
Level of Difficulty: 0. (This is pampering we’re talking about!)
Why I Did It: I’m always on the hunt for a no fuss, serene massage space that has the goods to (quickly and efficiently) get the job done — namely, untangle my sore muscles and provide a respite from a jam-packed work week.
At The Now, relaxation begins the moment your feet cross the threshold. The décor is an ahhh-inducing combination of organic wall hangings, flickering candles, pale wood and luxurious textiles, including the white furry pillows that dot the massage chairs. No sticky leather seat backs here!
Massages (ranging from energy balancing to deep pressure) are available on a table or seated in a chair with plenty of delicious add-ons like cooling eye masks and aromatherapy.
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For me personally, it’s not always easy to find the time for a 50 or 80 minute pampering, so the 25-minute offerings ($35) are a godsend. The Crown focuses on head, neck and shoulder, while The Roots targets those tired legs and feet. Less than half an hour at The Now, and I swear, even standstill L.A. traffic can’t bring me down.