A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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.
Stylists Karey and Brandy pride themselves on giving each salon visitor personalized attention. Every client is different, they say, not only in regard to hair type and style goals, but also in how much time they can spend on their hair routine in the morning. Both stylists, therefore, carefully customize their services to the lifestyles and tastes of their clients. To complete their new look, guests can opt for a Fantasy Tan airbrush tan, which graces skin with a sun-free bronze glow.
The colors within the interior of Designer Cuts are bold and inspiring: flame orange paired with mustard yellow and stark blacks and whites. But the decor pales in comparison to the radiant colors on the heads of those leaving the salon with a new do. The stylists offer a wide variety of services, ranging from hair-coloring services, cuts, and styling to eyelash extensions and brow sculpting.
Jamie Schabbing has been a stylist since 1995, and during that time, she's developed a knack for extensions and chemical treatments. She stays up to date in these areas by immersing herself in advanced training courses. Using this expertise, she caters to each client’s personal style, whether by straightening manes for a formal event or matching hair color to the hue of the goldfish that saved the client's life.
In the fiberglass tank at isoFloats, clients shift into a tranquil state as sensory input is dialed down, and many emerge transformed as a more refreshed and energized version of themselves. Their ears protected with plugs, floaters step into a fiberglass tank filled with 93.5-degree water and saturated with 1,000 pounds of epsom salts. The water's density keeps the floater buoyed for 60 minutes as they approach the meditative state that sensory deprivation engenders. Afterward, floaters usually feel at ease, as the sessions can calm the mind and relieve symptoms of pain. Some people even fall asleep during their sessions as they float.
Unless you've downloaded your consciousness to a computer, it's important to keep your body well-maintained. That's where Karen Skaggs-Savell comes in. As a licensed massage therapist with two decades of healing experience, she can pamper muscles with techniques ranging from flowing Swedish strokes to deep-tissue pressure. Karen also performs sports massages, which can reduce stiffness in athletes and recently purchased foam fingers.