Boasting a BBB rating of A+, Greenspring Rejuvenation’s Johns Hopkins–trained medical director, Dr. Cadoux, boasts 20 years of experience with cosmetic procedures and serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Alongside his team of nurses, aestheticians, and laser technicians, Dr. Cadoux keeps the fires of youthful radiance well-stoked with a panoply of pampering technologies, such as the Venus Freeze body-sculpting treatment. His treatments make their way to skin on laser beams and needles, smoothing wrinkles, plumping up dermal areas, and vaporizing dead skin cells or unwanted hair. Façades can also be fortified with non-invasive treatments such as the anti-aging facial, which infuses skin with vitamin C and drops of Jupiter.
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.
Kristina Olivarez, the certified and licensed massage therapist at Vital Touch, rubs down fatigued figures with organic oils, using techniques that aim to improve circulation, curb muscle tension, and ease anxiety. During the half-hour back and neck massage, firm and soothing strokes loosen knots along the spine and nape with the dexterity and soft touch of a brain surgeon in cashmere scrubs. The full-body massage titillates entire torsos, or the 90-minute Swedish and hot-stone massage delivers a one-two knockout punch to muscle tension. During the hot-stone procedure, Kristina takes cues from native traditions, lining bodies with warm stones to allow heat to penetrate the deepest parts of the muscle, which harbor tension and resentment towards other body parts.
Every morning, the lotus flower surfaces from the murky water and unfurls its brilliant petals in the sun’s warmth. This image of a lotus flower blooming on the sign outside A Rich Experience Massage & Wellness Spa hints at this process of perpetual renewal. The spa's team attempts to help patrons blossom, drawing out inner beauty in minimalist rooms to help create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
During skincare treatments, the staff's medical aesthetician analyzes facial features before refreshing them with products from Botanical Science. Muscles purr smoothly under the hands of a licensed massage therapist, who, unlike an Olympic gymnastics coach, uses pressure to relieve tension.
The light from glittering chandeliers sets a romantic scene as clients practice new come-hither looks at The Lash Lounge. The ethereal glow also lights the way for the studio's aestheticians as they bolster sparse lash lines with synthetic extensions by Lash Haus. Using a specially formulated bonding agent, they partner each synthetic strand with an indigenous lash and, like any two best friends, the lashes stay bonded together until the natural lash falls out with its growth cycle or accidentally flirts with the other lash's ex. To give new blinkers an equally lush backdrop, the staff also freshens faces with skincare treatments including hydrating facials, waxing, and peels.
Precision Touch Therapy of Tucson recently expanded its ranks to include four licensed and insured massage therapists, who perform customized massages in an airy space, to work toward achieving the business's goal of supporting community-wide wellness. Staffers tailor rolling, kneading, and rapping strokes to specific aches and preferred soothing tempos during treatments, which combat stress and sluggish circulation. A table warmer and heat packs loosen musculature as needed while deep-tissue massages work out kinks, tension, and toxins quarantined in low-lying sinews. Therapists adjust soothing music according to patrons' tastes before thumbing particular spots on feet to sync up off-kilter bodies and test relative levels of ticklishness.