[[m:####Thorndale Fitness & Tanning
A giant yellow barbell spans the wall above the Bar Bell Café, where protein muffins and smoothies await those seeking a boost post-workout. During the facility's more than 20 years in business, the staff at Thorndale has learned that these little extras keep customers enthused about fitness. Certified trainers helm one-on-one sessions on the same sprawling gym floor that houses ellipticals, treadmills, and weightlifting equipment. They also lead group-fitness classes in such disciplines as strength training and aerobics. The facilities round out with standup and horizontal tanning booths tucked into private treatment rooms.:m]]
Hollywood Tans gilds epidermises with a host of high-tech equipment. The open design of the high-pressure Sunboard bed gives patrons room to breathe, and its filters catch most stray UVB rays, giving tans longevity. For quicker bronzing, vertical booths build tans in 8–11 minutes, and custom airbrush tans and Mystic spray options bypass UV altogether like a tree on a hunger strike.
The full-service salons are open seven days a week and offer waxing, makeup application, and UV-free red-light therapy, a treatment designed to stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite.
The licensed aestheticians at Aiyana Spa rejuvenate world-weary visages and unbundle tightly wound bodies with personalized care. At the beginning of each treatment, specialists consult with clients to customize facials to their individual needs or desire to look like Rembrandt. Technicians will then spruce up face parts, evicting oil and impurities with Dermalogica, Dermaquest, and Sense products before locking in moisture and cleanliness with a treatment mask. Alternatively, massage therapists soothe stressed backs with Swedish massages and organic oils. The alternating strokes of gentle and heavy pressure pummel knotted muscles, relieving tension while stimulating circulation and coaxing sighs of relaxation from freshly unfurled frames.
Practitioner Diane D'Annibale cultivates the physical and emotional well-being of others through holistic health modalities. All mitigation sessions occur in a toasty room with tranquil music lightly humming in the background. Clients rest on a comfy table as Diane plies backs, necks, shoulders, appendages, and third-eyes, employing a variety of stroke techniques, pressure, and posturing based on the client's individual issues. Regular massage work carries a number of benefits, including increased energy, ease of chronic pain, and heightened clarity on what to eat for breakfast the next morning.
After a career in the tattoo industry, Mandy Sauler, who's known for her steady hand and ability to create fine lines, turned to permanent makeup and founded Captivating Cosmetics. Today, she employs seven years of micropigmentation experience and has worked with all kinds of skin types and ethnicities to create natural-looking eyebrows, lip color, and eyeliner, as well as camouflage scars, birthmarks, and outdated SAT cheat sheets. Mandy's teammate, Theresa Weston, draws upon her three years of micropigmentation experience and her background as a makeup artist working with industry leaders such as Clinique, Bare Escentuals, and Origins.
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.