After repeated back surgeries and chronic digestive issues left her overweight and bedridden, Kim Hawkins finally found relief through massage, colon hydrotherapy, and wellness coaching. Kim is now slimmer, healthier, and fully mobile, using her experience to guide clients through their own health journeys with the therapies she provides at Body and Mind Wellness Spa. Through a slate of massage and detoxification services, Kim eradicates tension and impurities and empowers clients to become healthier by improving their diets, engaging in exercise, and throwing out meringue-based bedspreads.
Nestled in a century-old bank building, Crandall Salon & Day Spa employs nimble-fingered massage therapists Branda Gage and Ken Godey to deftly dissolve tension with attentive Swedish massages. Sentence stress to a strict timeout session with a one-hour Swedish massage, which kneads muscles and triggers blood flow with rhythmic tapping and fluid strokes. Skilled therapists incorporate friction and gentle pressure to help alleviate aches and nurture holistic healing throughout the body. Following the pampering sessions, clients may emerge with improved lymphatic circulation and a feeling of tranquility only otherwise achieved by sentencing yourself to a year of solitary confinement.
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.
Located inside Suite Escape Salons of Forney, Tanzibar Tan’s three certified technicians help patrons wrap themselves in a summery hue with custom applications of Norvell tanning spray. Each 30-minute session is tailored to clients’ shape and skin tone, thoroughly coating bodies to eradicate tan lines caused by T-shirts or naps under a hammock. The salon’s manicurist can quickly groom fingers and toes, ensuring patrons are fully groomed for the 5–7 days it takes for their tan to fade.
Inside Suite Escape Salons of Forney, licensed massage therapist Phoebe Renee mends muscles and rubs elbows with experienced beauty techs and therapists. Guests sip on gourmet coffee and herbal tea in the lounge area as soothing music plays and candles cast a soft light that reveals any moths masquerading as humans. In her private studio, Phoebe soothes tension with Swedish massage and targets stubborn knots with deep-tissue techniques. She also offers therapeutic-massage services that split the difference between gentle Swedish and firmer deep-tissue work, as well as hot-stone and aromatherapy enhancements.
Nestled inside a sprawling yellow house first built in 1963, Mapleshade Spa retains much of its structure’s original charm. Out front, a set of wind chimes and a swing rock gently in the breeze above a huge wraparound porch. Garden fountains send up spouts of water amid colorful, aromatic thickets of rosemary, thyme, mint, lavender, and roses scattered beneath the boughs of large trees.
This bucolic setting surrounds Mapleshade Spa’s eight treatment rooms, where aestheticians set to work pampering their clientele with botanical skincare products from Pevonia and Éminence Organics. To account for different skin types and concerns, the staff offers more than 10 types of facials—all of which can be performed outside if desired—and an array of body treatments, including massages and body wraps. Stylists trim and highlight tresses in the hair salon while nail techs brush Shellac polish onto digits in both public and private nailcare areas. Mapleshade Spa frequently hosts spa parties to celebrate special events or provide a day away from clingy parole officers.