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 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 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.
Owner Deborah Conyers dedicates her spa to total-body relaxation, offering personalized massages and herb-enhanced skincare services. Therapists customize the massage menu to each individual's particular needs, soothing pinched nerves or vestigial wings with gentle kneading techniques, the application of deep pressure, or strokes that work to repair aching musculature after injuries or strains.
The salon’s aestheticians are well versed in the methods of reviving dry or aging complexions, drawing on an arsenal of anti-aging microcurrent technology, skin-resurfacing treatments, and a menu of facials and peels to address skin imperfections. Manicures and acupuncture treatments fill out the spa’s skin-centric service menu, working to deepen relaxation and help needles to get over their fear of humans.
Soft candlelight and soothing music waft through Body Angels Spa as licensed massage therapists and aestheticians pamper, calm, and beautify visitors in rooms modeled after a sultan's quarters. Individual clients, couples, and their strictly platonic imaginary friends sink into private treatment rooms during massages that refresh tired muscles with techniques such as cupping—the placement of warm, aromatic basalt stones atop zones of tension. Aestheticians sculpt nails, wax away unwanted hair, and refurbish faces with PCA skincare products. Airbrush artisans turn down skin's white balance during spray tans.
The technicians at Get Your Shape Back use cryolipolysis—a term coined from the Greek words for "cold," "fat," and "dissolution”—to remodel problematic bulges without surgery. Cryolipolysis has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show and The Rachael Ray Show for its effect of freezing and dispersing pockets of fat like a hammer to a bowl of Dippin' Dots. The clinic's experts tout the technology's ability to eradicate 20% of the fat in areas such the abdomen, love handles, and thighs. Weight Management Director Ashley Kimmel supplements icy slimming with diet and nutrition plans, vitamin injections, and appetite suppressants.
Housed inside Meadows Medical Solutions, Body Contours by Zach zeros in on a singular focus: helping clients achieve slimmer silhouettes. But rather than surgery or a potter's wheel, the practice's technician relies on ultrasonic cavitation to sculpt bodies. The noninvasive technology specifically targets deposits of fat, bombarding the cells with energy and causing them to release their contents of water and triglycerides. Since the contents are then whisked away for disposal by the body, the treatments can help shrink the cells and contour difficult-to-tone areas. Beyond ultrasonic cavitation, the practice also offers radio frequency therapy to help tighten the skin.
The doorway that welcomes visitors to WE Skincare & Wellness Center presages the luxurious experience every guest receives inside. Unlike many spas and health centers, WE specializes in corrective skincare and building a client relationship with the same aesthetician, who focuses on learning the client's skin type and promotes complete care for all complexions. Dedicated to beautifying treatments, the center pampers patrons with custom facials, wrinkle-erasing peels, and slimming body wraps that melt stress as well as inches, leaving guests feeling as good as they look.