Infrared Saunas, Detox Spas, and the Best Spots for Colonics


When you’re trying to speed along a detox (or your digestive system just needs some help), the right help can speed the digestive system, make you feel infinitely better (caffeine withdrawal headaches are the worst), and help flush toxins faster.

Tikkun Spa

1460 4th St., Santa Monica | 310.319.1111

Tikkun is the next level when it comes to Korean spas, combining high-tech far infrared heat with traditional Korean sauna therapies. So, if you want to lay down in a Himalayan salt brick tiled sauna, or sit in a Hwangto clay room, you get the added benefit of far infrared heat. And, in addition to the sauna rooms, there's a long menu of massages and kick-ass body scrubs to complement the sauna time. We're burying the lede though, because the real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you're in LA, you have to do it.

The Gentle Wellness Center

910 Broadway St., Suite 112, Santa Monica | 310.576.6360

For 30 odd years, this Santa Monica institution has been focused almost singularly on colon hydrotherapy (to the extent that they train and certify practitioners). They also have an on-site infrared sauna.

Surya Spa

By Appointment Only, Pacific Palisades | 310.459.7715

Surya Spa is no joke—in fact, it's one of only a handful of Panchakarma spots in the states. That said, it takes a pretty intense level of commitment that's a bit out of reach unless you have the vacation time and budget: It requires 3 to 4 hours a day, for 3, 5, or 7 days (we recommend the full week, though it's tough, as you have to abide by the very ascetic menu that they prescribe). The house-made organic food and authentic Panchakarma treatments reach far beyond what you'll find in a traditional wellness spa: I.e., if you think you might have parasites, you should come here. The results—better skin, considerable weight-loss—speak aggressively for themselves. Beyond being a wonderful detox resource, mothers, babies and mothers-to-be are in for a treat with Surya Spa's special approach to pregnancy and babies' first six weeks.

Wi Spa

2700 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown | 213.487.2700

Fans of traditional Korean spas—kids included—tend to feel right at home here, with its clean, meditative "Jimjilbang" communal room, it's spacious, super hot saunas, and its no-nonsense massages and body scrubs. Head to the sauna, get a massage, and your nails done, too.

Body Z Alive

1137 2nd St., Ste 205, Santa Monica | 310.587.2639

Colonics are the specialty at Body Z Alive, but that's not the only thing patients walk out with. Beyond a serious cleanse, it's the nutritional education that owner Lou Walker and Angie provide that makes this one of the top centers in a city for health nuts.

Inner Health Center

6047 Tampa Ave. #102, Tarzana | 818.881.8400

Deenie Leon Robbins' locale is a well-kept secret among members of LA's serious cleansing scene. A drive out to Tarzana proves worthwhile for a session in her high-tech infrared dome—it looks like an MRI scanner—which is well-complemented with a colonic or a lymphatic massage. Those wanting to take it to the next level might consider her 21-day cleanse in combination with a series of treatments.

Shape House

434 N. Larchmont Blvd., Hancock Park | 855.567.2346

Also known as the sweat lodge, this spot, which boasts a pretty major Hollywood following, is exactly that. Equipped with small, cozy rooms where you get into an infrared bed, the idea is that you sweat it out for 60 minutes at a time, while you watch TV, read, or listen to music. People tend to sign up for memberships and come several times a month (or week) and complement the sessions with lymphatic drainage, which is meant to boost the detox process. There's also a location in Santa Monica, and one in Pasadena.