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.
Wrapped in Wellness's friendly staff helps bodies take on more toned and contoured forms through client-oriented services, organic products, and wraps that help clients lose up to 30 inches in one hour. They offer a variety of wraps including the LA Slim Wrap which is popular among some celebrities. Inside the tranquil wellness center, skilled technicians cocoon bodies in sundry wraps, which help bodies detoxify, tighten, and tone with all-natural mineral solutions that ready selves for red carpets, green screens, and awkward encounters with purple-clad paparazzi. In addition to body wraps and weight-loss treatments, the staff also darkens hides with airbrush tanning and enhances faces' youthful glow with rejuvenating facials. Calming décor envelops clients with soothing green and purple tones accented with touches of dark wood. Within private treatment rooms, rich curtains cascade to the floor as clients nestle into cushy furniture set aglow by warm lighting and left-behind glow sticks.
At World of Wellness, a team individually tailors a wellness plan to each patient, often offering complimentary weight-loss and wellness consultations to new clients. For clients interested in more in-depth therapies, visits begin with an in-depth diagnostic consultation, followed by a physical exam that helps the doctors better understand the patients' ailments and preferences. Doctors then construct a wellness plan, drawing from services including natural medicine, chiropractic work, rehab, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling.
The Jenny Craig Program provides people with nutritious, heart-healthy foods, a personal consultant, and a plan specially tailored to helping them attain their desired weight. Clients meet with a Jenny Craig consultant to assess their current eating habits and to create a scheme for shedding superfluous pounds. Then, the week-one planned menu unfolds like a paper airplane made of phyllo dough (items in blue are included in the plan, and orange items are recommended additions). A sample day starts with the Breakfast Scramble, a mound of scrambled egg whites and turkey ham topped with melty low-fat mozzarella and served over diced red potatoes. Lunch is beef chow mein, which is packed with vegetables (broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and rooglebetas) and remains unpacked with calories (it has only 220). Dinner brings the comfort of macaroni and cheese and tops it off with a cookie for dessert.
Dr. Richard T. Ethridge, voted by his peers to be one of Fort Worth, Texas magazine's Top Doctors of 2012, has not only an impressive educational background and hundreds of successful surgeries under his belt, but a strong desire to help others. He strives daily to help his patients achieve their physical dreams with procedures such as face-lifts, liposuction, and breast augmentation. He also beautifies clients with skincare products and glitter stickers, as well as aesthetic services such as spa facials and laser hair removal.
In addition to helping patients at his practice, Dr. Ethridge helps those outside his practice by participating in Austin Smiles, a charitable organization that provides reconstructive plastic surgery to children suffering from cleft palates and lips.
Equipment: Stability balls, sand bags, kettlebells, resistance bands, and more.
Students should bring: A pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells, water bottle, sweat towel.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Just show up, make as many days as you can and we'll take care of the rest.