The beauty professionals at The Perfect You Spa and Wellness Center rely on herbs to improve health. Each time they administer a massage or develop a skincare product, they combine herbs, salt, and oils in careful proportions to evoke specific medicinal properties. As botanical ingredients relax the body and mind, massage therapists knead muscles with traditional and New Age modalities. Whereas percussive taps and light, gliding hand strokes soften topmost sinews, implements such as warmed bamboo shoots, cold stones, and Tonka trucks resolve tension in thick muscle tissue.
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.
Each location offers the regenerative properties of various varieties of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 5 minutes are set aside before and after for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
A zebra-print canvas painted with the words “To Dye For” bedecks the salon walls of Angel Melito’s hair suite with the same name. Beneath its pink-and-white stripes, clients receive traditional cuts, color, and updos using various salon-trusted products from the likes of Sudzz. Alternatively, they can elect for a modern straightening treatment or a text-message breakup with old split ends.
At Massaging Palms, a licensed massage therapist quells aches, pains, and stress with calming bodywork treatments. Clients can kick back and relax as the therapist performs Swedish massages, which help foster calmness and feelings of well-being, or deep-tissue massages, which target chronic pain and muscle tension. In addition to these two therapies, the therapist offers prenatal massages for expectant mothers, sports massages for those with active lifestyles, and neuromuscular massages for those suffering from soft-tissue injuries.
To ensure that each skincare, massage, makeup, or hair-removal service is as enriching as possible, the staff at Pure Aesthetics Boutique Day Spa cares for clients using primarily organic skincare products. Exfoliating facials scuff away dead skin to reveal underlying superhero masks and younger-looking complexions, and a lineup of waxing services de-fuzz corporeal locales from brows to legs. Because the spa's main focus is customer satisfaction, the team even accommodates appointments outside of normal hours.