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 of the three chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center has a specialty in treating athletes and rehabilitating sports injuries. In turn, they take extra time before any treatment to figure out the root cause of a patient’s pain or discomfort. They’ll then draw from a wide variety of techniques that help to treat such ailments as headaches, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and tennis elbow.
After consulting with each patient, the chiropractors can realign the spine using manual adjustments, or untie any triple-knotted muscles using massage therapy; they even harness ultrasound wave technology that can treat scar tissue. The specialists also focus on preventing injury; to that end, the center has created customized exercise programs, or they can tape up one’s feet to help the muscles maneuver more smoothly.
At Performance Massage, Jon Ordner carries on the legacy of Cliff Griggs, a chiropractor who created an approach to treatment he called advanced rehab. After studying under Griggs for two years, Ordner learned how to use this technique to help average joes overcome back pain and professional football players recover from injuries. Ordner has had such success with advanced rehab that many of his clients have been able to return to their day-to-day lives without undergoing surgery or transferring their consciousness to a really fancy blender.
People say protein is an integral part of a healthy diet, but at Salon Concepts, the stylists don’t feed it to clients—they slather their hair in it. The salon’s Brazilian blowouts coat each strand in protective protein, thereby minimizing frizz, enhancing shine, and boosting manageability. Besides the protein-rich blowout formula, stylists also ply tresses with products from American Crew, Sebastian, and Rusk as they snip face-flattering cuts, paint in color, and craft stylish, gravity-defying updos.
Five pain-reducing, stress-relieving massage techniques are offered with today's deal, each specifically aimed at different problems or pains and administered in a private room with mellow lighting and mellower music. The Swedish massage is a light-pressure treatment that uses long, flowing muscle strokes to soothe tension, relieve stress, and bring tranquility to body and mind. For muscle pain, joint aches, and general stiffness, the deep-tissue massage offers ample relief by stimulating muscles and encouraging blood circulation. A sports massage targets the stress that repetitive motions place on joints, ligaments, and tendons, helping reduce injury and swelling. If you've recently strained your latissimus dorsi while heroically flagging down a cab for a professional baseball player, opt for a trigger-point massage, which targets knots and aches. Expectant mothers or women who are pregnant can relieve discomfort and stress with a prenatal massage, which helps keep both mother and baby healthy.
Though each of Sanctuary Salonspa's four locations offers more than 100 services, clients should not feel overwhelmed. That's because the salon's stylists and aestheticians help clients to determine which treatments they need most. The staffers may recommend an Aveda hair treatment to restore balance to frizzy hair and dry scalps with essential oils. Or they might point to one of Sanctuary's eight facials, each of which are customized to the client's skin type to ensure the complexion shines brighter than a glowworm walking away from an explosion in slow motion. Clients can also enjoy eight types of massage, applications of a gel polish that resists chipping for up to 10 days, and a detoxifying body treatment that consists of a seaweed mask and a steam treatment.
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