During his college football career, Santiago "Jimmy" Ayala got well acquainted with sore muscles and injuries—experience that inspired him to pursue his massage-therapy license. After earning his degree in physical education, Ayala spent a decade honing his massage skills in five-star resorts, chiropractor's offices, physical-therapy settings, and DMV waiting rooms. As owner of Santiago's Massage, he employs modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and hot-stone massage to soothe achy or injured muscles in sessions that he customizes with aromatherapy.
This Groupon lets you flutter your peepers as if they were freshly hatched flutterbirds batting high to the heavens. For $35, you get flirtishly fancy semi-permanent eyelash extensions using the Demi-Diva Initial Lash FX Set, and a lash-care kit and cleanser, from Gilbert Bodyworks and the Lash Loft.
Stephanie Paschke opened Savante Salon in 2011, gathering an experienced staff of stylists and technicians to carry out an array of services, ranging from haircuts and highlights to bridal updos. Brazilian blowouts keep each lock flowing straight and smooth, and hair accessories, such as feathers, help clients look stylish and stay upwardly mobile with the peacocks at the country club. In addition, nail services run the gamut from traditional manicures and pedicures to specialized shellac and gel treatments, and waxing treatments remove unwanted hair, leaving the area as smooth as freshly sanded silk.
The relaxing atmosphere of a traditional spa is balanced with professionalism of a doctor’s office at All About You Medspa. It’s staffed by a team of registered nurses, licensed massage therapists, and laser technicians. Their diverse menu of services also reflects this balance. Stylists take care of hair at seven different salon stations. Aestheticians perform chemical peels and photofacials—an advanced technique to remove red and brown marks from the skin—in addition to revitalizing European facials and manicures. Laser techs on hand use up-to-date technology to zap away hair for long periods—one of the many noninvasive, nonsurgical procedures offered at the spa.
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.
A Navy veteran, graduate of Arizona State University’s kinesiology program, ACE-certified personal trainer, and master massage therapist, Jerry Coy knows a thing or two about the body. The fruits of Jerry’s achievements come to a head at Jerry Coy Massage & Healing Arts Spa, where the 10-year massage therapist tends to the mind and body in as many ways as his vast experiences permit. He treats his clients to massages that run the gamut from custom treatments—which include aromatherapeutic blends of Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology techniques—to LaStone Therapy, a geothermal treatment that alternates between applications of hot and cold stones.
But just as Jerry’s prior studies and certifications go well beyond the field of massage, so do the services he provides. During his salt-glow exfoliating scrubs, he uses blends of mineral-rich salt, pure jojoba oil, and medical-grade essential oils that he mixes himself on the day of each session. He also offers far infrared body wraps to encourage cellulite reduction as well as nutrition counseling to help clients squeeze back into the bucket seat of their first car.