Burbank Spa & Garden


By Patty Schaller

Photo by Charles Fretzin

Burbank Spa & Garden.

You can give your mother the gift of Paradise this year. A Spa Package gift certificate from Burbank Spa & Garden will do just that this Mother’s Day.

The moment she steps through the gate, she’ll leave the city far away, entering a secret garden filled with roses in full bloom, other gorgeous multicolored flowers, a sweetly bubbling fountain, humming birds, and benches and tables that beckon her to unwind and relax for a while.

When she walks into the spa, she will feel like she has been transported to an Italian villa. Soft music and an aura of calm surround her as she is escorted to her room.

Burbank Spa & Garden, voted Burbank’s best spa, has separate facilities, outfitted with robes and slippers, and richly decorated in tasteful Italian décor, for both men and women.

“Our spa is a real Finnish spa,” says Jouni Passi, himself a third-generation Finnish Masseur who’s celebrating his 25th year as the owner of Burbank Spa & Garden. “Our concept and equipment are brought from the home of the sauna experience, Finland. The massage itself hasn’t changed here because it is the best already, but our massage equipment has consistently been upgraded, ensuring a top-of-the-line experience.

The latest massage table is hydraulic and can be adjusted up and down as needed. And it’s heated. “Heat is a big part of the treatment. When muscles are warm, they’re penetrated better. I advise you to use the hot Finnish sauna, which is kept at 180 to 200 degrees, before the treatment.”

The new tables also have spring-loaded face cradles and face supports with memory foam, hardly the usual less-than-comfortable cradles.

The spa offers four gift packages, perfect for any mother including the Mother-To-Be.

The Pampered Mom is a 55-minute Swedish Massage and Sauna, a European Spa Facial, a salt glow, and a manicure and pedicure.

The Mother’s Garden is a 55-minute deep-tissue Massage and Sauna, Aromatique Facial, Hawaiian Sugar Manicure and Pedicure.

Queen for a Day includes a 55-minute Hot Stone Massage and Sauna, Rejuva Spa Facial, and Royal Spa Manicure and Pedicure.

An exciting new manicure and pedicure uses Opi gel nail polish, a two-part product that lasts 14 days. It doesn’t break or chip and comes in many beautiful colors.

The facials are built for the comfort of the client. The European facial uses Epicurean anti-aging cream. According to Passi, women love it when five years disappear from their face. Developed by a burn center doctor who knew well the properties of enzymes for healing the skin, he developed a line for the beauty industry.

“Your mother will appreciate and love you for your thoughtfulness,” Passi says. For a day in Paradise, who wouldn’t?

Please refer to Burbank Spa & Garden’s website, burbankspa.com, for prices or call (818) 845-1251 to speak to the staff.

Burbank Spa & Garden is located at 2115 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, the spa is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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