Spa Spotlight: Thai Sabai

Experience the magic of therapeutic Thai massage at Thai Sabai!


If you’ve never tried Thai massage before, Spa Week is the perfect time to pop into Thai Sabai in Hollywood or Westwood, CA. They’re a “Best of Citisearch” winner and LA Weekly raves it’s the “Best Thai massage in LA.” Thai massage is a unique healing art that combines yoga, acupressure and massage. It involves yoga-like stretching, principles of Ayeurvedic Medicine, Chinese Acupressure and massage of the muscles, tendons, pressure points and energy lines. It’s done on a mat rather than a table and can last up to two hours! The practitioner might also use their knees, elbows or feet in addition to their hands.

Thai massage can relieve stress, tension, aches and pains, improve circulation, alignment, flexibility and energy, while balancing your mind, body and spirit. Thai Sabai also offers Thai/Swedish Combination, Foot Reflexology, Sports Massage and Pregnancy Massage.

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Celebs like Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Keaton, Elijah Wood, Michelle Monaghan and rock band Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry have all visited Thai Sabai. Doane has been playing the drums for over 40 years and it has really taken a toll on his body. He looks to Thai massage for relief and can’t say enough positive things about Thai Sabai. “To be able to get long-term relief, not just a few hours, days or even weeks but months of relief, was something that I did not expect,” Doane tells Spa Week Daily. “I’m delighted that I am the lucky recipient of their gentle expertise!”


Thai Sabai is offering some long and luxurious services this Fall Spa Week. Call now to book your appointment! Hollywood: 323.485.2800 Westwood: 310.801.3912.

90 Min ‘The Best of East and West’ Signature Thai Swedish Combination Massage

90 Min Deep Tissue Massage

90 Min Traditional Thai Massage with Reflexology

Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.

We Spa-Napped a Reader! Watch the Video.

In honor of The Month of Moms, I reached out on Facebook last week to learn some tried and true mom wisdom, and with that, I put the call out for a mom who was long overdue for a day at the spa. Two days later, the spa-napping went down. Watch what happened when winner Jenny Gill got a little taste of her own medicine…

“His mind is in motion and his body is in motion,” New York mom Jenny told me of her 2 year old son, Jack, as we sipped rose at Estancia 460, a restaurant on the cobblestone street next to TriBeCa Spa of Tranquility. “He’s crazy smart and physically advanced. He constantly wants to play a sport, sing the ABC song and tell you about his day. To get him to slow down and understand that you have to sleep, is a big struggle. The just kid doesn’t have time for sleep in his life.”

Although, what Jenny likely didn’t realize in speaking about her son’s misunderstanding of sleep, she was painting a pretty clear picture of her own misunderstanding of relaxation: Jenny has not been to the spa since before Jack was born. Yikes!

Jenny, who happens to be a member of Spa Week’s Hot Mom Spa Squad, clearly knows the importance of recharging your mind and body—so it’s time to give her a taste of her own medicine. How many moms out there dole out wisdom but neglect to follow it themselves? I could say: “To get Jenny to slow down and understand that you have to spa, is a big struggle. The girl jut doesn’t have time for spa in her life.”


When Spa Week reached out to TriBeCa Spa of Tranquility about this great public service for the sake of mom, the acclaimed wellness facility and celebrity hotspot offered up two massages for the cause.

JENNY GILL, You’ve Been Spa-Napped!!!

Spa Week Story Winner #1: The Bomb!

Have you fallen into post-spa depression (PSD)? Spa Week Spring 2012 may be over but the memories and benefits will last a lifetime! Last week we asked you for your Spa Week stories in exchange for more spa in the form of $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Cards for five of you. Winner #1 and her mom discovered The Bomb.

By Noemi Abreu

This was my first time getting a Thai Bomb Massage and it really was THE bomb! I took my mom with me to Enliven Body Works in NYC on the Sunday of Spa Week, and when we left the spa all she kept saying were two very powerful, happy key words: “BRAND. NEW.”

I have nothing but positive things to say about this spa. Enliven is small yet tidy and clean. Decor was simple but nice. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We were greeted with a smile and offered a glass of lemon water as soon as we entered. We were then escorted to a seating area and had our coats removed.

We didn’t wait long before we were escorted to our massage rooms. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Lily started my massage to the sound of relaxing spa music and scents. She started with a Swedish massage followed by the Thai massage with two heated herbal-filled balls (the bombs). It was like nothing I’ve experienced before. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The heated herbal balls were so soothing,  relaxing and therapeutic. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

I’ve since I recommended this spa and massage to all my friends. I cannot wait to re-live it. And my mom’s words are still echoing in my head: “I feel brand new!”

Thanks, Spa Week, for the wonderful (or should I say bomb!) experience! Looking forward to Spa Week Fall 2012. :)

Travel Tuesday: Fall Madly In Love With Golden Door Spa

Behind every resort there’s a story, but Golden Door‘s is a tale we could tell over and over and over again. As America’s first-ever fitness spa and one of the nation’s historical wellness landmarks since 1959, the prestigious Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California is a place every spa enthusiast should visit in his or her lifetime. It is home to one of the most inspiring, innovative and high-energy fitness and weight loss programs in the spa world today.

Before we take you on a photo tour to make you fall head over heels for Golden Door Spa (again?), let me remind you to ENTER Spa Week’s Nutrition 911 Sweepstakes, where you can win a four-night getaway for two at Golden Door including three private in-room massages, one herbal wrap, two skincare appointments, a choice of a manicure or pedicure, a customized Golden Door fitness program with a personal fitness counselor, and gourmet spa cuisine including three meals and two snacks a day. The prize also include a customized at-home revival nutrition package from Dr. Wendy Bazilian and a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week!

Now, let the photos do the real talking as we narrate your mini-tour of the fitness, spa, spirituality and scenery of Golden Door Spa:

One of the many fitness classes at Golden Door (there are over 25 offered each day) is their Boxing class, where guests have fun “sparring” with each other. It’s a really great workout.

Kiatsu Water Therapy – Kiatsu is a therapeutic bodywork in a warm water pool that combines water and shiatsu, creating a relaxing sensation of floating. Often called “Watsu”, they termed their signature sessions “Kiatsu”.

This is part of Golden Door’s Warm Honey Wrap & Orange Blossom Milk Soak. First, pure fresh honey is massaged on entire body and the guest is wrapped in thermal blankets and hot towels for skin softening while the feet are massaged. Then they go into the hydrotherapy tub to soak in a luxurious warm milk bath infused with fragrant orange blossom essential oil and finish with orange-blossom-scented lotion.

Guests enjoy their morning hikes at 6am through the 20 miles of private hiking trails. They are always accompanied by a Shepherd (one of their Fitness Specialists).

Hibiscus Sangria is a staple drink at Golden Door. It is made fresh in their kitchen and sweetened with oranges.

Traditional Japanese cuisine served at Golden Door Spa and usually containing fresh fish, cooked vegetables, rice and salad from their organic garden. Every dish is delicious and nutritious. Their Executive Chef, Curtis Cooke, chooses ripe vegetables and fruits from the organic garden and it’s always a creative, vibrant, delicious and satisfying meal.

Spa treatments are included in every visit, and one of their signature treatments is this Golden Door Pineapple Scrub. It’s applied with a silk mitt, followed by a soothing application of Pineapple Gel, Botanical Body Oil and Botanical Body Moisturizer.

Modeled after the Chartes Cathedral Labyrinth in France, this Labyrinth is part of their inner-focus where two guests are walking the 11-circuit path as an exercise for comtemplation and meditation.

Flowering plum trees like these grow all around the property.

Francine Hoffman is Golden Door’s Inner Focus Coordinator and Yoga Teacher. Here she is doing yoga on the mountain that resides along Golden Door Spa.

Golden Door has a variety of luxurious and therapeutic massage treatments to choose from. One of their popular requests, beside Japanese Shiatsu, is their Thai Massage.

All of their guestrooms have been newly renovated to continue reflecting their Japanese design while being more updated. They are cozy, quiet and reflective spaces with a moonviewing deck and optimal space for reading and seclusion.

Guests have beautiful views of their property and the Japanese gardens. Books are also hand-picked each week and placed on their desks.

In every guest room there is a meditative shrine called a Tokonama that holds a Japanese scroll and an Ikebana floral arrangement. This is depicted as a sacred space.

There are four areas of guest rooms on the property, centered around a particular Japanese garden: Azalea, Bell, Camellia & Garden. This picture shows their Camellia guest rooms, where the sunlight is hitting the garden. Many camellia flowers grow in this area.

Lastly this is the Evening Temple. In front of their beautiful dining room is a 300 yr old cast bronze bell from the Early Edo Period c. 1700 that was originally used to call the monks of the Josen-ji Buddhist temple to prayer. The ringing of the bell is now the nightly and eagerly anticipated call to dinner.

Want more of The Door? Check out our ever-growing Golden Door photo album on Facebook!

All photos and information courtesy of Golden Door Spa.

Thai Sabai: Best Thai Massage in LA

Congratulations to Thai Sabai in LA! Citysearch has just announced Thai Sabai its 2010 “Best of Citysearch,” Los Angeles winner in the “Best Thai Massage” category. Thai Massage combines yoga, deep stretching and massage, a therapeutic combination of techniques, and is one of my personal favorites. Read more in detail about Thai Massage, or click below to watch their short Citysearch video:

Not only are the best in class, but during Spa Week they are known to offer some of the longest $50 treatments of all the spas across America. This past season they delivered 2 variations of their famous Thai Massage, both in whopping 90 minute sessions. “We always strive to provide the best Thai massage at our two locations in Thai Town and Westwood,” stated Sasivipa Pukkalanun, Owner of Thai Sabai. “It is an honor to be recognized by Citysearch users in Los Angeles.”

From Thai Sabai: Traditional Thai massage combines aspects of Ayeurvedic medicine, Hatha yoga and Chinese acupressure, with its origins dating back more than 5,000 years. Thai Sabai has adapted these elements, creating their own unique brand of Thai Massage that is widely regarded as one of LA’s best therapeutic massages. Both locations offer similarly beautiful and calming Zen atmospheres which settle you upon entry. Their masseuses are trained in Thailand at Wat Pho College of Traditional Medicine, the world’s leading school of Thai massage. Come into Thai Sabai to experience their unique method of full-body massage. Your body will thank you. For more information visit them at

Westwood location:
2306 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Thai Town/Hollywood location:
5261 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027