It’s a good thing I’m not shy about getting naked in front of (same-sex) strangers. And that I’m not put off by rooms full of other nude women of all ages, none of whom seem to have much trouble with brushing their hair, painting their nails, and sharing the latest gossip with their friends while hanging out in the buff. So to speak.
Else my experience at the Lawrence Health Center might not have been quite so gloriously relaxing, healing, and transforming. The showers, tubs, saunas, and heated rest platform quietly transformed me into a boneless puddle of mush. Best of all, my transfomation was not interrupted by financial worries–access to LHC costs $20 for as long as you can stand to soak, shower, and steam. Massages and scrubs cost more, but still a pittance compared to standard western day spa rates.
The link goes to the spa’s Yelp page, because this unassuming little haven of suburban peace set does not have its own web site. Or an eponymous English-language sign. The spa sits in the middle of a strip mall in the Little Korea section of Santa Clara, and is patronized primarily by Korean locals who don’t much care about newbies or “tourists” of other origins. Please do be respectful of others by minding your own beezwax.
On the other hand, all new English-reading female patrons simply must read the translated sign in the hallway about the wormwood (mugwort) steam.
Lawrence Health Center conforms to all the codes for mobility access, but the floors can get super-slick so watch your footing carefully. For anyone whose health-care regime is ameliorated by long soaks in hot water, LHC has the power to transform. (Just check with your doc first to be sure that you can soak safely.)
For the ladies with pelvic problems: mugwort steam can have a strong effect on your girl-parts and associated muscles. Enter the steam room with caution if you’ve never used mugwort before.