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.
At The Rejuvenation Center, Dr. Brad Miller's, D.C., mission to treat the body without drugs or surgery has culminated into a menu brimming with noninvasive health and beauty services. Apart from traditional spinal adjustments, he and the staff oversee bodily ailments with eight types of massages. Ultrasound fat-reduction treatments shrink fat cells without breaking the skin, and radio frequency caps off the slenderizing process by firming the skin around retreating waistlines. A staff of aestheticians rounds out beauty regimens with waxing, chemical peels, and facials.
The broad spectrum of holistic treatments performed at Lighted Path Therapeutic Spa shines through its healers’ areas of expertise. The staff consists of an acupuncturist and allergy-relief specialist, a life coach and reiki practitioner, a holistic health coach, and a hypnotherapist and Lif3 Numb3rs reader—to name just a few. Forms of healing include Cranial Sacral, Body Tock, and others. The healers also offer complementary spa services, such as foor-and-face zoning, aromatherapy, and far-infrared sauna treatments.
Soundproof and lightproof, the smooth, curvy pods at InSPArations Float Spa let clients enjoy a few moments totally removed from the outside world. Gallons of warm water intermixed with Epsom salt fill the tanks, providing the highly buoyant, skin-temperature "bed" that simulates the sensation of floating. Sensory deprivation sessions have been shown to yield a range of benefits, such as increased concentration, better sleep, and reduced stress.
Lighthouse keepers safely guide ships to shore through turbulent, rocky waters in total darkness. Navigating today’s sea of health and fitness information can be equally overwhelming, so the trainers at Lighthouse Fitness take on a similar role to their spiritual predecessors. They guide gym members to healthier lifestyles, working to remove some of the obstacles along the way. In addition to leading motivational group fitness classes such as yoga or cardio boxing, they provide complimentary personal-training sessions and childcare services, which free parents to hit the treadmill without duct-taping their toddlers to their backs.
They dedicate a huge portion of their space to their indoor rock-climbing structure, which boasts more than 300 routes wending across its colorfully speckled surface. Further helping clients look their best, they treat them to purely beauty-focused services with a tanning spa and a full-service hair salon.
When working to get clients into a relaxed, meditative state of being, a good spa can?t just rely on one technique. That?s why the staffers at Therapeutix Mind & Body have gained national certifications and master-level achievements in a range of Eastern and Western relaxation techniques. They specialize in massages, incorporating reflexology, cold-stone migraine relief, and aromatherapy to tackle tension both externally and internally. They can add a range of relaxing treatments to their massages, including essential oils, hand and foot scrubs, and 3-D glasses. In addition to their massages, they offer body-contouring packages that use ultrasonic waves and a radio-frequency laser or detoxifying wraps to hone trouble areas.