Venice Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty neighborhood
Alexandra Wagner
1636 Abbot Kinney, Venice, Los Angeles
Perched up above Abbot Kinney, this whitewashed space feels more like a tree house than a spa. Wagner, who also moonlights as a painter, is chill and wonderful, meaning that an hour spent with her skilled hands is kind of like hanging with a friend. A recovering tanning junkie herself, Wagner is nothing short of a magician when it comes to banishing sun spots and UV damage. Product-wise, the focus here is on holistic and organic lines, supplemented by Wagner's own turmeric and plant stem cell serum.
Dayle Breault
Dayle Breault (aka The Goddess of Skin) has an obsession with natural skincare that was born out of her own struggles with acne. That said, acne is just one of many skin concerns she tackles: She (apparently) singlehandedly solved Cara Delevingne's issues with psoriasis and her three-part Epicuren mask visibly diminishes sun damage after a single session. Plus, her namesake product line offers the perfect balance between good-for-you ingredients and potency (the Bonafide scrub is a fan favorite). Call or email for an appointment, she sees clients in both NYC and LA.
Knockout LA
177 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
New spots continue to pop up in Playa del Rey, the beach neighborhood just south of Venice and Marina del Rey. One of the openings Westsiders are excited about most is Knockout LA, a fitness studio on the increasingly busy stretch of Culver Boulevard right in town. Knockout’s core class offerings are dance, yoga, meditation, and breathwork. There’s also a series of rotating workshops, like Disruption. Taught by Erin Ward (who also does Taryn Toomey’s The Class), Disruption is a feel-good mashup of everything you’ll find at Knockout—plus it manages to weave in a few minutes of writing as a form of emotional release. (Go with it: It works.) The front of Knockout is a pretty, curated beauty/wellness/workshop, so bring your wallet with you if you want to shop after om. The studio space itself is one long room that’s lit up by a wall of inset candles.
Love Yoga
835 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
We're big fans of this Montauk studio, so we were thrilled when it opened a second beach-town location—on the West Coast. Yoga directors Kyle Miller and Sian Gordon have converted their Lincoln Boulevard space into an airy paradise that smells more like white sage and Diptyque candles than a sweaty yoga studio. The aesthetic matches the beachy interiors of the Montauk space, with white walls, teal floors, and geometric neon wall murals by local artist Carly Margolis. While the studio interior has obvious appeal, the teaching is what really shines. The overall vibe is laid-back—no heat, no mirrors, and definitely no weights—with a meditation and healthy Savasana built into every class. And while clear direction and game-changing adjustments will make seventy-five minutes go by extraordinarily fast, there’s nothing about this that’s easy: Expect to sweat (a lot) and to feel it the next day.
Rejuvenate with Nousha
726 Superba Ave., Venice
In a small white-washed bungalow on a leafy stretch of Venice, Noucha Salimi, a registered nurse, specializes in what she refers to as facial rejuvenation. While she’s able to administer Botox and Juvederm, it’s her wholly transformative reiki facials that keep us coming back. Here’s how it works: an hourlong session begins with a short facial massage and dermaplaning (to exfoliate dead skin cells) and then applies a concentrated face mask. While the mask is on, she’ll do a reiki meditation applying a gentle touch and doing light energy work to identify and help release tension. By appointment only.
512 Rose Ave., Venice
StretchLab was founded on a novel idea that’s also somewhat of a no-brainer: stretching is really good for you, assisted stretching is even better, and you shouldn’t have to book a physical therapist to make it happen. Here, the lab’s talented “flexologists” (a team comprised of personal trainers, massage therapists, and yoga instructors) stretch you while you lie on a raised platform, and getting a routine personalized stretch before or after a workout—or anytime, really—is super convenient and simple. You can opt for sessions that last anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour; monthly packages and memberships are available, too. This is their OG spot; they have two additional locations: one on Montana, and another on Beverly.
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