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.
Wonderland Foot Spa helps relieve muscular pain and stress through reflexology foot treatments and therapeutic massages. The staff practices traditional Chinese tui na massage, an art that stretches back more than 4,000 years. Aimed at mollifying chronic pain, tui na treatments blend techniques such as acupressure and soft-tissue massage.
Beneath crystal chandeliers, the nail technicians at Sun's Nail & Spa's two locations pamper hands and feet with paraffin wraps and green-tea mud masks. In addition to offering both natural and artificial nail treatments, including UV-cured gel sets, the staff performs skincare services and hot-stone massages.
Feet traverse across the wooden floors of Deer Park Medical Pavilion while track lighting beams down on energetically waving arms. A Zumba class is in session, and students are hardly aware they’re burning calories or left the stove on as they let the upbeat music take over and lead them in dance. But this is only one of scenarios taking place. Elsewhere, clients lie prone on plush treatment beds as aestheticians ease fine lines and acne with hydroxy formulas and vitamin-infused masks. Fitness classes and spa treatments come together under one roof at Imagine Spa & Fitness, where clients let go of everyday stresses while basking in the decor of stone and marble walls and soft, espresso-colored sofas.
At Angel Touch Laser, Noelle, a spa technician, uses advanced technology to help clients attain younger-looking physiques and heightened self-confidence. Her signature treatment, laser hair removal, uses heat sent from a laser device to remove hair and discourage future growth. Noelle applies the treatment to many areas of the body, including the face, legs, arms, and Brazilian zone. Through wrinkle-reduction procedures, photo-rejuvenation, and UV teeth-whitening treatments, she further keeps clients looking young and beautiful.
The licensed and experienced aestheticians of Sanctuary Esthetics work to enhance the natural beauty of faces with a variety of noninvasive skin treatments for women and men. Their ministrations include facial treatments that target acne or fine lines, back treatments, and microdermabrasion. Services can be enhanced with upgrades such as collagen masks or aromatherapy.