A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Scheduling a dental exam after years without seeing a dentist can seem intimidating. That's why Dr. Brannon Reed promises to treat all new patients with extra TLC and never to begin with anxiety-inducing lectures. After passing the reception area's colorful metallic artwork and desk made of stone and marble, patients relax in treatment rooms that look out across the fairways of a golf course. As Dr. Reed and his staff provide cosmetic and general treatments—using only mercury-free fillings when needed—they can also entertain themselves with movies or watch as private jets descend toward the nearby airpark, skywriting reminders to floss daily.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The staffers at Bronze Boutique don’t just oversee the operation of standup and lie-down UV tanning beds and applications of Infinity Sun airbrush tans—they also tend to clients' nails, hair, and even teeth. In the salon, stylists insert microlink and clip-in extensions or add streaks of color to lend depth to a hairstyle. During spa services, skin specialists remove brow hair with threading and exfoliate away dead skin cells with microdermabrasion and pumpkin chemical peels. When exposed to a special blue light, another chemical solution, BleachBright's peroxide whitening gel, lightens teeth so they twinkle like Santa's eyes do when the midnight polar sun isn't blinding them.
With hundreds of locations across the country, Right Dental Group represents a collection of oral-healthcare professionals who deliver a variety of quality dental services. The collective places an emphasis on relationship building—meaning patients can confess their most egregious toffee-apple trespasses while receiving a teeth scrubbing delivered with precision and understanding. Each of the dentists is prescreened for a consistent record of excellence and the ability to efficiently locate a cavity in a toothstack. A skilled doctor and their staff will skillfully probe forgotten mouth corners, eradicating tartar and expunging plaque from bacterial lairs. The included x-rays will help uncover any oral problem areas that cannot be seen with the shamelessly naked eye. After treatment, clients will be privy to tips that explain the proper brushing and flossing techniques to ward off gum disease and tooth loss, ensuring tongue-stoppers remain firmly rooted to the rest of the skeletal system.