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.
At Paradise Palms Chiropractic & Spa, which is helmed by Dr. Heidi Pickering, a combination of chiropractic and spa services work double duty while repairing pain and encouraging relaxation. Adjustments help realign the spine, and infrared body wraps work to calm sore muscles and speed up metabolism. Other body-sculpting tools include ultrasonic currents and radio frequency that tightens the skin and reduces the size of fat cells.
Nu Image Med Spa Tampa brings medical expertise into a spa-like environment. Expertly aimed laser beams take on multiple tasks, alternately nipping hair follicles in the bud or restoring aging skin to youthful opulence. FDA–approved injectable such as Restylane and Botox ward off wrinkles and lift sagging countenances. Topical treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion reduce signs of aging by sloughing off dull outer layers and unveiling new, fresh skin. Nu Image Med Spa Tampa's practitioners hire private detectives to keep tabs on the beauty industry's latest research and accept only the most effective skincare products by companies such as Obagi and Skin Medica for use in conjunction with beauty treatments.
Under the supervision of physician and skin care specialist Dr. Eyad Alsabbagh, Dania Medical Esthetique?s skilled staff helps clients achieve aesthetic goals with a diverse palette of cosmetic and medical services. Waxing services, and injections of Botox help bolster appearances for the short-term, while laser hair removal and permanent makeup can last a lifetime, or until donning irreversible gorilla suits.
Swedish and deep-tissue massage are two bodywork approaches that render very different benefits. Read our guide to choose the best option for you.
The relationship between deep-tissue and Swedish massage is much like that between DayQuil and NyQuil. Both are designed to help you feel better, but the one that makes the most sense depends on your individual needs. Here's what to expect from each of the two modalities:
Swedish massage combines four distinct motions?effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement?to help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session. The four phases are easy enough to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.
Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relieving mental and physical tension, deep-tissue massage has more specific concerns. Due to stress and other factors, the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body's muscles and bones?the fascia?often tenses up, resulting in muscle knots and a painful buildup of lactic acid. Deep-tissue massage aims to warm up the fascia and release the accumulated toxins. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers. Although the intensity can produce some discomfort, deep-tissue massage should still be relaxing; the goal, after all, is to relieve the tension between muscles and their weird roommate, the skeleton.
Debbie Marlowe knows how to keep her clients' bodies running smoothly. 20 years of experience as a massage therapist and certifications in yoga instruction are evidence of an in-depth knowledge of musculature and bodily structure. When clients need their muscles soothed, Debbie uses her years of bodywork experience to administer specialty deep-tissue, Lomi-Lomi, Neuromuscular, Thai-yoga, and stress-therapy massages. As a certified trainer, she helps clients reach health and wellness goals with personal training and Crossfit Level 1 instruction.