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.
Many people love the idea of a signature scent. It helps others associate you with a certain smell and can make you more memorable. But when thousands of other people emit the same signature scent, the whole concept gets a little diluted. That's where Bath Junkie comes in.
Inside its Manhattan-loft-style stores, customers create their own customized bath products—including perfumes, scrubs, lotions, and body washes—blending more than 150 fragrances. They can also choose the color of their creation, ensuring that their bubble bath matches the floral wallpaper in the dungeon. Bath Junkie's hands-on process produces many products suitable for sensitive skin, almost all of which are paraben- and SLS-free.
In addition to caring for its customers' skin, Bath Junkie cares about the environment. It formulates earth friendly products whenever possible, it uses renewable energy credits, and it takes back all recyclable Bath Junkie containers.
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.
Licensed massage therapist Tamika Phill believes that a first-rate massage takes more than two hands and a table. She tries to cultivate a sense of openness and trust between herself and each client, thereby increasing the body's receptiveness to her touch. With modalities that range from Swedish massage to neuromuscular therapy?a technique that incorporates soft-tissue work and makes use of the body's natural healing powers?she surrounds muscles and minds with calm.
Tamika adjusts her manipulations to suit various specialty groups. Her geriatric massages work to broaden elderly patrons' range of motion, whereas 15-minute chair massages at corporate offices relieve the soreness caused by body-slamming, cantankerous copy machines. She also travels to special events, including birthday and graduation parties. Her two-hour couples-massage service deviates from the typical two-bed treatment: she pampers one guest at a time, demonstrating her methods to the other partner so they can perform the relaxing process at home.
Signature Service: Hot-stone and deep-tissue therapy
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 10
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Warm river stones, hot towels, and soothing shea butter are just a few of the tools Shannon Williams uses to relax her clients. The rest can be found on her menu of massages, all of which she personally designs to melt away tension and carbonite encasements. But before administering any of her signature strokes, Shannon makes sure to consult with clients individually. This helps her learn about the source of their issues and devise the most effective treatment methods.
Replete with a soft sofa and warm fireplace, the welcoming foyer of Sanctuary of Solitude’s Victorian-style manor may evoke for customers the coziness of a family home. In tranquil, private rooms, bamboo and lemongrass scrubs rejuvenate customers’ complexions, and signature body wraps tighten and tone physiques with mud, sugar, and the pages of glossy fitness magazines. To quell aches and pains, skilled body menders employ 100% essential oils and aromatherapy for long, flowing Swedish strokes or the firm pressure of deep-tissue techniques. After massage therapists channel reflexology bodywork to access deeply rooted hurts, a hot-stone massage can improve range of motion in clients and foster circulation in wooden marionettes that hope to become real-life boys.