Massage Services & Benefits

Massage Services & Benefits 2017-04-30T20:54:00+00:00

Cha Spa fuses highly professional, purely relaxing & invigorating foot, hand, body, head reflexology in a tranquil oasis of warm décor, soothing music and healing teas.

Cha Spa strives to give you our very best service in order to enhance your spa experience with us.

We are here to relax away the soreness from your body, relieve the stress from your mind and release the weight from your spirit. Please tell us if you have a particular area of pain or discomfort which we should address, or any area that needs special attention.

We are here to give you the royal treatment you desire! We adhere to certain policies to benefit you, and create a harmonious environment where our therapists can focus on your needs. We know you will have a pleasant experience with us as we strive to exceed your expectations!

Spa Etiquette

It is essential that you COMMUNICATE to the manager and your therapist of all your needs, pains, issues, preferred levels of pressure and more. Please turn off cell phones. We and your fellow spa-ites will appreciate your maintaining the quietude, as you drift away on a wave. Warm ahhs and blissful mmms are exceptions to the rule!
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Reflexology is a blend of traditional Chinese massage techniques and other disciplines. Cha Spa is focused ultimately on the needs and levels of sensitivity of the customer in order to provide the highest level of services.Our feet are maps of our entire body. They contain thousands of tiny reflexes which correspond to every organ and system within the body. Physical points on the soles of our feet correspond to the major organs of the body. Reflexology uses basic foot and hand massage techniques like thumb walking across these points and varying degrees of pressure to give the whole body a reduction of tension and fatigue.

Simply pressing on these reflex points can create amazing results. Reflexology reduces stress, revitalizes and balances energy, and creates an overall sense of well-being.

Reflexology is an ancient practice in Chinese medicine that consists of massaging and squeezing on parts of the feet or other areas of the body to promote improved health and wellbeing.
Through a gentle yet effective therapy, foot massage reflexology relieves tension and clears blockages by stimulating sensory receptors in the nerve fibers of the foot.

As a result, energy is produced that branches to the spinal cord where it is dispersed throughout the entire nervous system. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet. A foot massage reflexology session greatly relaxes the body, thereby reducing any constriction of blood vessels and improving circulation. In turn, it helps to break up and dissolve crystal deposits caused by an excess of uric acid, which has built up in the body and settled in the feet.

What are its benefits? During a foot massage reflexology treatment, endorphins are released into the bloodstream, easing aches and pains, promoting a feeling of deep relaxation and balance in those treated. Reflexology helps restore and maintain the bodies’ natural equilibrium and encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
Through much research and analysis, foot massage reflexology treatments have been shown to assist in conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Sports injuries
  • Digestive disorders
  • Blood Pressure
  • Stress-related injuriesalance weight control and improve diet
  • Improve foot and hand numbness
  • Diabetes
  • Heal internal ailments
  • Lower high blood pressure
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Pressure is applied to the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques.  Stretch and movement techniques are utilized as “desserts” to provide relaxation to the foot

The client sits in a reclining bed-chair placing the feet in a bucket of warm water infused with herbs conveniently for the therapists’s work who use pressure, stretch and movement to work through the feet and, legs.

Technique is applied to the whole foot or hand. Sit back and relax. Or, ask for an on-going assessment of stress cues of the feet; education in the location of reflex areas of the feet or education in how to apply self reflexology techniques. Ask about research relevant to your health concern.

You should feel relaxed at the end of a session. How long that relaxation lasts is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the session. Make note of this and tell your reflexologist your response to the session at the next session. This can be helpful information to the reflexologist.

Expect the reflexologist’s application of technique to be within your comfort zone- not too heavy and not too light but at a level within your personal preference. Communicate this preference to the reflexologist.

chinese massage

Chinese Massage is a unique technique based on the theory of Chinese traditional medicine. Using hands, arms, elbows and feet, the masseuses apply pressure on the special areas or points of the person receiving the massage. The recipient remains fully clothed so that the many effective techniques may be utilized. Chinese Massage for pain and stress relief originated from ancient China more than 3,000 years ago.

This marvelous treatment as a branch of Chinese medicine also has a long history. The earliest record on massage is in the inscriptions on bones or tortoise shells of the Shang Dynasty (16th -11th century BC). During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), a story that a miracle-working doctor Bian Que healed the faint prince through massage was written down, illustrating the amazing effect in such an early time. In the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386 – 589), six techniques of hand massage evolved and became more professional, such as to strand, shake, twine, twiddle, knead and roll, which are still widely used. Today it has developed over 20 varieties of techniques and the study on of it is thriving.

Depending on the strength and direction of hand, the power sinking into the body differs. Consequently some reach only the skin, some to the pulses, muscle and even marrow. The effects of massage have been affirmed by people who have experienced, that is, relieving the bones and muscles, detumescence, acesodyne, adjusting dislocation of the joints, removal of muscle spasm and so on. Today the massage by the blind in China has been a fashion because of the effect and the provision of work chance.

These special areas or points are well known as “Meridian” or “Acupuncture Points”. The slowing-down of energy flow causes stress or fatigue, and the blockage of energy flow will cause many kinds of pain.

Acupuncture Points are the key locations to improve energy flow, remove the blockage, and eventually relieve the pain and stress. The Chinese Massage involves several kinds of rolling, rubbing, pushing, pressing, and pointing. These actions and related energy not only work on skin level but also, more importantly, deeply penetrate into Acupuncture Points. This is the distinction between Chinese Massage and the other types of massage. In most cases the person who receives Chinese Massage can feel instant pain relief and become energetic again. Chinese Massage eliminates migraine headaches, sciatica; reduce stress, panic and insomnia. It speeds up the healing of injuries in the joints, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and it can help reduce the pain and stabilize people with long term illnesses by building up the immune systems. Acupressure works by applying pressure with a thumb or finger to a point or points that are relative to the problem. Chinese Massage incorporates both acupressure and massage techniques.

Chinese Massage has been proven to be able to significantly improve:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck/Shoulder Pain
  • Headache
  • Sport Injuries
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Low Energy
  • Stress Disorder
  • Poor Digestion
Tui na or tuina is a form of Chinese Medicine often used in conjunction with acupuncture, fire cupping, Chinese herbs and other oral and non-oral medications.Tai Chi, and Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts disciplines in an effort to bring the 8 Principals of Chinese Traditional Medicine into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive (“Wei”) “Chi” and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, and massage with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Tui na is an integral part of TCM and is taught in TCM schools as part of formal training in Oriental medicine.

In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either “external” or “internal” treatment. Tui na was considered to be one of the external methods, thought to be especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today, Tui na is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc.

Qigong, chi kung, or chi gung means literally “Life Energy Cultivation”. It is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. .With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance “Qi or, “Chi” for what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy”. Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, a calm mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi through the body. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice From a philosophical perspective qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one’s “true nature”.

Zoku Shin Do Zoku Shin Do is an ancient Chinese system of foot massage that claims to treat the foot as a system related to the whole body and stimulate energy flow.

Cha Spa provides professional massage services of all types to the greater West Los Angeles metro. Our professionally trained staff specialize in Chinese Reflexology, Foot and Full Body Massages, Private Couples Massages and more. We operate 3 different locations in the City of Santa Monica.