By E.M. Fredric
LOS ANGELES, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/11/19 – The future of relaxation is at Esqapes Virtual Reality Massage Center in Los Angeles located within the SAG/AFTRA building off Wilshire Boulevard.
Founder/Owner Micah Jackson took time to show me the menu of options to choose for my unparalleled immersive relaxation experience. There are ten to choose from – I opted for Tropical but there is something for everyone’s tastes and Micah created them all himself.
When you walk in there’s a very soothing and ornately decorated lounge area to finish paperwork and to relax as you get ready to go into your private room that awaits you.
If you’ve never been in a full body massage chair, you’re in for a treat. You can opt for a heated treatment but I wanted to feel the Tropical experience listening to the wind, feeling it on my face and hearing colorful Macaws fly overhead while seated in a Koi pond gazing up at coconuts on the palm trees and looking out at the ocean.
My girlfriend, Sarah came with me and she chose the Moroccan Twilight package and basked in the glow of a setting sun as she relaxed in front of an Olympic-sized pool. She said there were scents of Jasmine and it was her first time in a full body massage chair – she loved it.
We both felt the half-hour went by too quickly and I would suggest that when you start your experience, look around and then just be there so your time is spent like you’re on a vacation. It’s easy to want to keep looking around but the massage will have less of an effect if you’re not breathing into the moments and just lose yourself to the experience.
As an African-American founder, one of Micah’s goals is to become a pioneer in the VR industry and clear a path for other VR creators of color to follow. With Esqapes, one of the founding principles is to maintain a diverse staff at every location and at all times. No location should be run by people of a single gender or a singular race. We truly want all points of view to grow the business and for all guests to feel welcome. I think he has achieved that already.
Come early and bring a photo ID to check-in with. The relaxation lounge is a part of the total experience there and there are lockers for you shoes, they supply socks if you’re not wearing any and much more in drinks and choices are original and remarkably reflective of how much wellness we need to put back into our daily lives. Thanks for that important reminder, Micah.
For reservations you can book online at: www.myesqape.com or call: 323-917-5115
Esqapes Immersive Relaxation
5757 Wilshire Blvd
(SAG – AFTRA Building)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Monday – Friday
11am – 2pm & 4pm – 7pm
9am – 3pm
* When you enter the building, please ask the security desk to direct you to the Mezzanine level.
There is a parking structure for the building with an entrance on Masselin. Please note, they do NOT offer validations for the parking structure.
Metered and non-metered parking is available on the street. Please be sure to feed the meter and set a timer on your phone so you don’t get a ticket!! Most sessions run 30 minutes unless you opt for more. I wish I had done a full hour but a half-hour is just as fulfilling.