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The Styled Side: paying for some inner peace




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Dim the lights, play some relaxing music and hand over your credit card.

Relaxation comes at a hefty price in Los Angeles, says contributor Michelle Dalton Tyree from Fashion Trends Daily.

"There's a new wave of serenity in L.A. with businesses to help busy, stressed-out Angelenos bliss out," she says.

While New Age-meditation is not new to Southern California, the capitalist takeover of it is.

"The people trying to get ourselves to relax and unplug from our crazy lives? They're all reformed Type-A sorts," she says, "and guess what? They are marketing to the very people they once were."

It is an increasingly lucrative business: complementary and alternative medicine have seen a 65 percent increase since 2010 to $113 billion. Meanwhile the spa industry alone grew 58 percent from $60 billion in 2007 to $94 billion in 2013.

Tyree points out some of the studios leading this trend: