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.
Lighthouse keepers safely guide ships to shore through turbulent, rocky waters in total darkness. Navigating today’s sea of health and fitness information can be equally overwhelming, so the trainers at Lighthouse Fitness take on a similar role to their spiritual predecessors. They guide gym members to healthier lifestyles, working to remove some of the obstacles along the way. In addition to leading motivational group fitness classes such as yoga or cardio boxing, they provide complimentary personal-training sessions and childcare services, which free parents to hit the treadmill without duct-taping their toddlers to their backs.
They dedicate a huge portion of their space to their indoor rock-climbing structure, which boasts more than 300 routes wending across its colorfully speckled surface. Further helping clients look their best, they treat them to purely beauty-focused services with a tanning spa and a full-service hair salon.
At The Rejuvenation Center, Dr. Brad Miller's, D.C., mission to treat the body without drugs or surgery has culminated into a menu brimming with noninvasive health and beauty services. Apart from traditional spinal adjustments, he and the staff oversee bodily ailments with eight types of massages. Ultrasound fat-reduction treatments shrink fat cells without breaking the skin, and radio frequency caps off the slenderizing process by firming the skin around retreating waistlines. A staff of aestheticians rounds out beauty regimens with waxing, chemical peels, and facials.
The broad spectrum of holistic treatments performed at Lighted Path Therapeutic Spa shines through its healers’ areas of expertise. The staff consists of an acupuncturist and allergy-relief specialist, a life coach and reiki practitioner, a holistic health coach, and a hypnotherapist and Lif3 Numb3rs reader—to name just a few. Forms of healing include Cranial Sacral, Body Tock, and others. The healers also offer complementary spa services, such as foor-and-face zoning, aromatherapy, and far-infrared sauna treatments.
Soundproof and lightproof, the smooth, curvy pods at InSPArations Float Spa let clients enjoy a few moments totally removed from the outside world. Gallons of warm water intermixed with Epsom salt fill the tanks, providing the highly buoyant, skin-temperature "bed" that simulates the sensation of floating. Sensory deprivation sessions have been shown to yield a range of benefits, such as increased concentration, better sleep, and reduced stress.
The seasoned specialists at Serenity Spa pamper clients with custom facials and massages in 60 minutes. In the signature facial, an expert aesthetician gently traces a planchette over the pores to tailor a treatment to the client's particular needs. During the signature massage, a therapist thwarts the effects of stress by loosening knots and manually melting toughened tissues to shoo out toxins and tension. In both treatments, caregivers advise clients on how best to care for their corps when faced with modern urban life and its unjust dearth of trained monkey butlers.