Integrity Massage's licensed massage therapists relax bodies using one of five massages. During a classic swedish massage, a body soother untangles muscles using Scandinavian-style strokes, reducing pain and stiffness incurred by shipping yourself in a suitcase. Target buried muscles and connective tissue during a deep-tissue massage, jumpstart immune systems with a lymphatic-drainage massage, or relieve tension and muscle aches with either a sports or therapeutic massage. Integrity Massage tucks patrons into a tropical paradise populated by mock magnolias and aquamarine accents.
A team of licensed aestheticians and hair and nail designer help clients elevate their looks inside Carolina Skin Centre, which doubles as a day spa and salon. Two-hour spa packages refresh faces and eyes, while teeth whitening services ensure that mouths can still beam brightly. Skin care specialties such as chemical exfoliation and microdermabrasions with oxygen infusions keep visages looking smooth and youthful.
Along with his staff, medical director Dr. Steve Ahmed improves patients' confidence and appearance with nonsurgical treatments that address weight, aging, skin, and hair-removal concerns. The exfoliation of the center's microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels whisk away layers of dead skin cells to smooth facial lines, fade acne scarring, and minimize visible sun damage. Dermal fillers temporarily plump up deeper wrinkles with minimally invasive injections and no downtime. Patients looking to sculpt their silhouette can try out a custom-tailored weight-loss program, and those with diet- and exercise-resistant fat can explore options such as liposuction or cellulite reduction with the EndyMed Pro system, which smoothens out fat deposits and piles of puzzle pieces that cause cellulite until they lie perfectly flat beneath the skin.
Stylist and aesthetician Ashley Hunt has carved out a corner for herself inside An Exclusive Salon by Tammy where she treats her clients to a menu of refreshing facials and salon services. Her skilled shears descend on overgrown locks and reshape them into chic looks for men, women, and children, and shellac manicures pamper and protect nails with durable shellac polish. Alternatively, bodies can prepare to bare themselves with waxing services and spray-tanning sessions.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.