3915 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001934.053888 -118.320037
Neighborhoods: Wilshire Center / Koreatown, Central LA
The Goddess Treatment: not for Me – Since the economy is so bad I thought I should save some money and go to the Olympic Spa instead of my regular spa. I had been once to this spa for a facial and it was great, so I decided to try the "goddess body ritual", oh how I regret it.... when I first walked into the pool area I was shocked to see women bathing sitting on tiny stools rubbing each part of their body like they are in their own bathroom, with no shame or modesty at all, then I watch how many women lied on tables completely unclothed and exposed while being massaged and rubbed, I took a shower and waited for my turn... I was dreading it, at some point I actually thought of canceling my treatment, but then I thought, well I should try something new even if I am not comfortable with it, now I regret it. I asked one of them employees for a private room but she said that nobody cared, and she told me where they were going to do my treatment. So I watched my masseuse finish with the lady before me and barely throw some water on the table and pass a scrub on it and come to get me. At that point I thought is this sanitary? ? and when we got to the table she helped me get my robe off and signaled me to lay on the table face up, and put a towel on my face, which I didn't remove for the rest of the time because I was so embarrassed and uncomfortable, and wondering if I am going to get some disease from this unsanitary situation, I don't even know if she was using the same sponge to scrub me that she used with the previous lady.... I regret not canceling my treatment and seriously considering visiting my doctor.
Great Reflexolgy For Tired Feet – Love the shiatsu massage and reflexology massage combo when I don't feel like going to the spa part. When I do....Pure Bliss and Goddess are worth every penny. Full Body Scrub, Facial, Massage, Hair treatment all wrapped in. The Best!
No more lizzard skin!!! – This place rocks my world! I had the Pure Bliss treatment 2 weeks ago and I'm still smooth. Yes, it is a little on the harsh side (those ladies can scrub a little on the hard side and if they do it too hard, ask them to ease up a bit) but hang in there for wonderful skin afterward. The exfoliation was amazing, the massage heaven and the facial outstanding. Yes, you are totally without clothes/bathing suits and yes, the women in there come in every shape and size. It is a no frills spa for sure but so worth it. I could spend hours each day there if only I didn't have a job. Bring your own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, (they do supply this but I prefer my own) and scrubby loofah to complete your time there. Then, dry off, put on your rode and take a cat nap on the heated floor,blankets provided. Don't let your shyness keep you from going. You will not regret it!!!
Bracing but Excellent Spa Experience – Olympic Spa is not for those who expect complete luxury in their spa experiences. While the treatments are equal or superior to those at high-end spas, the ambiance is *not*. It is more akin to a YMCA...in the Soviet Union....in 1955. Keep in mind that old does not necessarily mean dirty. I have visited this spa twice and I will definitely go again. You must drop your inhibitions because bathing suits are not allowed. Yes, there are towels and skimpy robes available. Expect to see women of all types wandering around in the altogether, plus the attendants in black bras and undies. On one visit, I had the Goddess, which included a scrub (hard-core), sugar rub, massage, facial, scalp massage and hair wash/condition, all for $100. The intent here is not to relax you, but to make sure you are clean and healthy. On my next visit, I had a 75 minute massage for $75. It was a serious massage that ended with the masseuse using her feet on my back--excellent but hardly relaxing. You can use the pools, saunas and steam rooms for $15, which is a steal. They also have a heated jade floor--patrons lay out blankets and rest. Free valet parking!
Best culture shock spa – I was nervous at first because of the nakedness, but yes you have to get used to it. I got the acne facial from Ann, and it was probably the most painful facial I have ever had. She really pushed hard on the extractions to the point where I thought she broke my nose. They have no limit or boundaries on the pain facter.
However for massages and the bathhouse, I highly recommend it. It's an awesome place to just detox and relax.
Bad experience – Went in for Goddess treatment, first time. NOT given in a PRIVATE ROOM; all treatments are in room where the pools saunas showers. Hear chitter chatter, showers running
First BODY SCRUB. Felt like my SKIN being RUBBED OFF and bleeding. The lady did ask if it was okay, and (regretfully) I said yes. I have this flaw where I tend to trust the expertise of people. In between, she would throw buckets of water on me I wasn't expecting. Told her I CAN'T GET ANY WATER IN MY left EAR. She said, "okay."
The body shampoo smelled great, but her hands were MOVING SO FAST, I couldn't relax.
WORST PART: she threw a bucket of water on me, with absolutely no concern for my ear which I specifically told her about, a whole bunch of water went directly into my ear. Then she took A TISSUE AND ROLLED THE EDGE OF IT TO A FINE TIP POINT AND STUCK IT IN MY EAR! OUCH. I didn't know I signed up for this! I remained courteous and got my ear plugs from my locker (thought I'd need only for the showers). I showed her the scar behind my ear and held up my fingers to "4" saying I've had 4 surgeries in this ear. SHE OBVIOUSLY DID NOT KNOW ENGLISH. I have nothing against immigrants, I am one myself but I'd like whoever is working on me (while I have no clothes on at all) to be able to communicate with me. Call me crazy.
The face and scalp massage, and hair shampoo were (surprisingly!) ROUGH. I know for a fact that she was pulling out hairs because she spent the rest of the treatment periodically picking hairs off my body. A little shedding expected, but this was too much.
Ended up getting a severe painful ear infection (first since my last surgery almost 3 years ago!), had to go to the doctor, on antibiotic eardrops and oral antibiotics. Got SCABS on my arms from scratches from the scrub, and I BROKE OUT on my face (rare). I know that typically after facials break outs occur, but this wasn't a facial.
Not what I expected – I went to olympic spa for the first time because I heard of their great prices and spa packages. When i got to the locker room, i noticed women walking around without clothes which was ok, but they were a bit crass for my taste.. scratching themselves in private areas and otherwise acting a bit vulgar (I'm no princess, but I was a bit shocked). I ordered the Pure Bliss - and it was anything but blissful. I was led to an area of the spa and told to lay on a wet table by a korean lady that was more like a drill sargent than a masseuse. She did not speak english and would get upset when I asked her to repeat a command that i did not understand. She proceeded to scrub me down violently as if i had been covered in sewage and i thought.. ok, well at least i'm getting a good exfoliation.. it will all be worth it when the massage part comes. Wrong! The massage was even more violent. I felt like a tough steak being pounded and seasoned for dinner. I did not feel connected to my masseuse. It was like I was not human to her and she was just going through the motions of her job. Funny thing is that I actually like firm hands and deep tissue massage, but this was insane! I could not wait for it to be over. If I had gone just for the exfoliation and paid $30, i guess i would have been ok with that, but i went in for what was advertised as a blissful experience, and left feeling more tense than when i came in, but with smoother skin.
Good place – I think the spa is good. What I didn't like about the spa was that the Korean ladies that go to the spa were very rude, unclean and don't like people that are not Korean. One of them even screamed at me because I was wearing sandals. By the way, I have been to several other spas (NY, Hawaii, Spain, Morocco, Chile, Argentina and so on) and have always worn sandals. Actually, all the other spas I have been to require you to wear sandals. Anyway, the place is good. I loved the restaurant and the shiatsu massage, but the people that go there are not very nice.
Advise: Educate your clientele and let them know that LA is a diverse city.
Take it off with Grandma – This place is not for the modest. Everyone that is there is completely without clothes and you're expected to comply to this as well. Also, the masseuse that worked on my was "very" friendly. However, it's a great bargain and the treatments that my friend and I received were top notch. Have fun, but don't go if you're shy.
too crowded, and please take your feet of the table – I was with a gf there and was shocked to see Korean women like to put their feet on table and sink counters. I feel so unsanitary since a lot of ppl don't wear slippers and walk around barefoot. they put their feet on the counters where we tried to blowdry our hair. the oddest thing is, considering how unsanitary it is, I was told I can not use a mask in the steam room. It's a facial mud mask, but everyone there was shock to see my gf and I use that while everyone have their feet on surfaces where we put our hands and face.
the scrubbing area was worse, u can literally touch another customer when u lift your hand up, not even reaching for them. it's so crowded. My gf and I do enjoy the scrub service, but decided NOT to come back to this one. It's too korean for me and unsanitary. I tried the foot massage, wish I had my hour and $$ back. horrible. We decided to continue to go to ones in Heicienda Heights' Korean spa. It's lot less crowded and they understand there's other than Korean customers who utilize their spa.
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