Best Sound Bath, August 2015
The 75-minute rejuvenation session at the Sound Space begins as bathers recline on blanketed yoga mats and place hand-sewn pillows of crushed lavender over their eyes. Owner Jamie Ford gently manipulates the crystal singing bowls and gongs—their vibrations, proponents say, can relax brain wave patterns and lower heart rate, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and alleviate pain. The effect is otherworldly as sound waves sweep over groups of up to ten (come with friends and the cost is $125 for the first person, $25 for each additional bather). Some leave ultrachill; others, recharged. While we’re also fans of the white-domed Integratron’s sound baths near Joshua Tree, there’s something especially soothing about slowing down without leaving L.A.