The aestheticians and hairstylists at Wild Orchid Salon N Spa work in tandem to create looks that are elegant and carefree—much like, say, a wild orchid. As if to drive that point home, the team dresses up massage beds with delicate orchid petals and surrounds the spa with bouquets of colorful flowers. Guests at the spa may have a difficult time paying attention to the decor, though, as they struggle to keep their eyes open during soothing pedicures and other spa treatments that are more relaxing than napping on a bed filled with melted candle wax.
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, such as 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 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.
The therapists at Power Massage use an innovative approach to massage specifically designed to discover and treat the source of body pain: neuromuscular re-education. By employing focused pressure, their aim isn't just to achieve temporary relief from pain, but rather, achieve lasting results by "re-educating" the muscles that are at the root of the problems. This aggressive technique can be extremely beneficial for professional athletes, exercise-nuts, and others whose lifestyle revolves around being active. But it also equally effective for folks dealing with everyday backaches, muscle pain, and injuries caused by accidentally tripping one of their DIY burglar traps.
Le Joy Rothe believes in practicing a holistic wellness philosophy at her spa, where makeup artistry and body wraps meet the healing properties of reiki and aromatherapy. Devoted to nature-based products, including her own brand, the certified aromatherapist calls upon an exhaustive supply of ingredients so guests can tone their skin, find relief from headaches, and foil canine detectives. In the unique, urban loft space, clients receive relaxing treatments from the experienced staff. A boutique furbishes home collections with relaxing treatments that pamper clients outside the spa.
Since art appreciation often requires people to crane their necks to view paintings from a different angle, trips to a gallery don’t usually benefit the spine. But clients don’t come to Ambiente Gallerie just to explore art and its unique design. They come to improve their wellness and enjoy chiropractic care from Doctor of Chiropractic Kari Boudreau. She draws from 14 years of experience to help her clients find relief from nagging health conditions in a modern space designed to engage the mind.
Inside a 100-year-old warehouse space, Dr. Boudreau worked with accomplished architect Ali Heshmati to design a stimulating environment that serves as both an escape and gathering space. Walls of stretched fabric form private treatment areas and can be raised to reveal room to mingle for gallery shows or a new car for studio audiences. Curved boomerang doors bar the way to permanent massage rooms with a clouded material that adds to the practice's intriguing aesthetic.
Owner and proprietor Denny Kemp started his career in styling as one of the first students of Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda. Amid playful depictions of personified planets, a brigade of artistically minded stylists, each with at least five years of experience, spritzes clients with such professional-grade products as Bumble and bumble and the French-developed Kérastase. Clarisonic dual-brush sonic oscillation uncorks pores during facials, and Dermalogica skincare products eschew irritants, artificial fragrances, and laugh tracks. In hair services, stylists smooth frizz with keratin formulas or, through the pinch-braid technique, weave natural hair with extensions while boosting volume.