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.
Christina Love looks at her 35 years in hydrotherapy as not only a career path, but a personal investment. Years ago, cleansing colonics helped her to overcome a drawn-out battle with cancer, and the experience inspired her to help others reach a higher level of health. Nowadays, she practices her holistic therapy as the resident hydrotherapist of Hands on Health. She draws on her extensive colonic experience and combines other therapies, such as herbology, meditation, and oriental medicine, to proper digestive health, which is critical to overall wellness and hotdog eating contests.
Darkness and empty space stretch to infinity, and your increasingly visceral thoughts seem to expand to fill it up. Of course, the actual space inside Drop of Calm's sensory-deprivation tank isn't endless; it's actually quite cozy, small enough to "play a bit of pong with yourself bouncing from wall to wall." But as clients float on the surface of the Epsom salt–infused, body-temperature water inside, they may as well be floating weightlessly beyond the solar system's distant Oort cloud for all the peace and quiet they're afforded during relaxation sessions.
From gel nails and haircuts to soothing massages, Serenity Salon and Massage has plenty of options for both beauty and relaxation. Long-lasting gel manicures offer pretty flair with artful designs, glitter, or neon colors. On the relaxation end, the salon's massage therapists customize treatments to cater to each person's individual needs.
Rain Salon & Spa?s stylists and therapists call upon the powers of Mother Nature?as embodied in plant-derived Aveda products?to repair damaged hair and untie knotted muscles. Provided they don?t have to use harsh chemicals, the stylists are always receptive to new technologies. Aveda delivers on this front with treatments such as the Smooth Infusion retexturizing system and a botanical renewal treatment that strengthens frizzy strands.
The spa?s therapists soothe backs and shoulders with 10 massage modalities, many of which come with enhancements such as Aveda blue oil and aromatherapy infused with clary sage. It?s not uncommon for other spa treatments to include more than meets the eye. Facials, for example, begin with a consultation and end with a makeup touchup. Similarly, complimentary beverages accompany nail treatments that refresh hands and feet with caribbean aromas, gel polishes, and freshly laundered sock puppets.
Most relaxation massages rely on light- to medium-pressure Swedish strokes to release tension. Massage Addiction's technicians ramp up their relaxation massages by also including acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot stones, moist heat and hot-foot treatments, and polarity work.
Clients can opt for a more traditional Swedish kneading, as well, or a deep-tissue massage, which, like the relaxation massage, integrates several modalities?including neuromuscular therapy and shiatsu pressure?into one session. Athletes who suffer from injuries caused by playing sports may find relief from a sports or medical massage, and pregnant women who want to ease tension caused by carrying a child or hearing their husband say "we're pregnant" repeatedly might benefit from a prenatal massage.