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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.

8319 Lockwood Ridge Rd
Sarasota,
FL
US

Since its humble beginnings in 1935 as a small health-food store that specialized in yogurt, GNC has evolved into the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional products. The chain's more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the country stock numerous vitamins and supplements, all of which meet the company's strict standards for truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. They carry supplements that aid in sports nutrition, protein intake, diet, digestion, and beauty. Equally as dedicated to customers' shopping experiences as it is to product quality, the company created GNC University, an online learning platform, to help staff members bone up on nutrition and fitness knowledge. The knowledgeable sales associates field questions about everything from weight-management plans to stacking supplements for optimum earlobe strength.

US 41 & Bee Ridge Rd.
Sarasota,
Florida
US

Usually when people think of salt, seasoning comes to mind. But at Fusion Therapy, salt has an entirely different purpose: Relaxation and therapy. Breathing salt-infused air has been a long-standing practice to improve respiratory health and detoxify the body's system for optimal wellness. Their salt therapy rooms are modeled after European salt caves and are covered floor to ceiling with Dead Sea Salt. The addition of zero-gravity chairs make it ideal therapeutic relaxation. Clients relax in the chairs while breathing in the medical-grade salt that's emitted from a dry salt aerosol generator. As clients unwind in the drug-free treatment, they simultaneously tackle health issues including asthma, bronchitis, and skin conditions. Clients can also opt for other therapies including infrared therapy to zap pain and stimulate weight loss and massage therapy to alleviate chronic aches and everyday stresses.

7069 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota,
FL
US

If it’s a healing art that ends in “-puncture”, licensed acupuncturist Michael House likely practices it at All Natural Healing Medical Center. After graduating from East West College of Natural Medicine, he journeyed to China and trained in biopuncture, studying the discipline’s homeopathic injections applied at traditional acupuncture points. Specializing in non-surgical neck, back, and shoulder repair, he relies on these injections for the majority of his treatments as a surgery alternative, while also boosting health during biopuncture and prolopuncture sessions. His B12-powered medical weight-loss program burns fat while also boosting metabolism and lean muscle. Naturally, he also practices traditional shot-free acupuncture, and irons out skeletons in time for Halloween with chiropractic treatments.

2650 Bahia Vista St.
Sarasota,
FL
US

The research staff at 7E—a medical-aesthetic company that prides itself on skincare innovations—designs noninvasive treatments that combat the effects of aging and bolster all-over wellness. Once staff members have perfected a solution, they share the fruits of their labors with clients at 7E Fit Spa. One of these many fruits is the Torc Plus, an FDA-approved body-contouring machine that works to deplete inches and bulk up muscles in bodies through electrical stimulation. The spa’s noninvasive face-lifts tighten visages while evening out skin tone, reducing puffiness, and increasing circulation, and saunas detoxify the body and relax clients with infrared heat shoplifted from the equator.

8441 Honore Avenue
Bradenton,
FL
US

Before opening LeanLight of Pinellas, Shelly owned and managed other businesses, working in fields as varied as landscaping and carpentry. However, her love for helping others ultimately guided her to her current post. At LeanLight of Pinellas, she helps clients achieve their weight-loss goals with a treatment menu of natural and noninvasive techniques. Clients may leave the center with a slimmer silhouette after detoxifying sessions in an infrared sauna, LeanLight LED body-sculpting treatments, and nutritional counseling. Shelly's kindness and generosity similarly influence her actions in her spare time, whether she's volunteering with senior citizens, rescuing stray cats, or ladling out soup to extinguish forest fires.

5400 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg,
FL
US