Sure, the beauty pros at Vapeur Salon & Spa are pretty amazing when it comes to haircuts, facials, and other standard spa services. But they really shine when they're allowed to get creative, whether they're enhancing a Swedish massage with hot stones or a mani-pedi with soothing aromatherapy. Their creativity even extends to how the treatments are performed; the spa's rejuvenating peels, for example, include a take-home component to ensure long-lasting results. Choose an individual service or a package that bundles several treatments into a relaxing spa day. Certain packages cater to individuals, while others are tailored to fit the needs of couples or broker a truce between warring neighbors.
Newly opened last November, Salon Ciera has cultivated a menu of services designed to both beautify and relax. From hairstyling to four types of facial, the skilled staff works hand in hand with clients to personalize each service. Trained massage therapists also call the space home, doling out multiple treatments that strive to relieve back pain, as well as more unconventional stress such as sinus headaches and mouth pain caused by TMJ disorders. Salon Ciera's decor welcomes guests with turquoise and floral-patterned walls, private-treatment rooms, and an absence of hungry trolls guarding the building's entrance.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Iconz Hair Studios and Day Spa, body beautifiers purify the anatomy and tighten tired skin with detoxifying Miracle wraps. The 45-minute treatment begins with a scrub to whisk away defunct surface cells and open the pores for therapy. Aestheticians then slather the skin in a soothing blend of sea salt, eucalyptus, and honey, with traces of seaweed for replenishing nutrients and luring unwed merfolk. Full-body bandages trap in substances, allowing for deep pore penetration, as guests lie comfortably on a heated bed, which draws out toxins while melting away unwanted poundage. Before or after the Miracle wrap, clients can quench thirsts or energize for marathon jitterbug competitions with sips and snacks from the complimentary coffee bar.
Cody King understands muscles. Aside from graduating as the valedictorian of his class at MTC, the licensed massage therapist spent 10 years working as a certified fitness instructor, allowing him to bring a unique understanding of the body's need for recovery, relaxation, and frequent fist bumps to the massage table. Drawing on his expertise in musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, he integrates multiple massage techniques––including Swedish, hot stone, and neuromuscular therapy––to customize treatments that address specific pain- or stress-related complaints. He also works in tandem with a licensed physician at Capitol Spine and Rehabilitation, where physical therapy and chiropractic medicine meet spa-like services, to help clients find relief from injury and get back on the leapfrog circuit as quickly as possible.