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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Streaks Salon offers an array of body-burnishing techniques to leave clients feeling revamped and tranquil. An hour-long massage therapy session, which includes a 50-minute massage plus a 10-minute mini foot reflexology, employs gentle kneading to serenely evict the shiftless aches squatting in muscular mansions, leaving anatomies unburdened by knots and ready for another day of full-contact kite flying. Sun-seekers may opt for a session in the salon's top-quality VersaSpa spray-tanning system, which provides subtle coloring in a well-ventilated open-air booth. Efficient droplets cloak skin in a moisturizing spray before kissing it with a blissful golden glow, simultaneously fusing in the hue and sating thirsty flesh. Vivify your visage with a one-hour cleansing facial to leave masks vibrant and exfoliated, with an accompanying brow wax ($15) to renovate the roofs of sturdy eye-houses.
Voted Favorite Tanning Salon by the Modesto Bee readers for the past four years, Bronze Body Tanning Salon & Spa showers its glow-seeking clientele with the latest in sun-less shading technology. For a more permanent pigment, one month of tanning atop the salon's regular beds darkens the dermis with roughly 100% more efficiency than a copper slip-n-slide. Each tan-getting tryst lasts 23 minutes, but in-booth accouterments––including cooling fans, radios, and signing palm trees––help pass the time.
Massage therapist Amy Vedder at A Perfect Balance Massage Therapy and Spa keeps up with new treatments and modalities to cater to clients as young as 9 and as old as 90. Her treatments are designed to enable muscles and immune systems to function at higher levels while minimizing stress, headaches, and chronic pain. For a sensory boost, she adds aromatherapeutic essential plant oils to some treatments, which can include clinical, spa, and medical massage techniques.