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.
Though the chefs at Sal’s Tuscan Grill spend their days skillfully spinning straight-from-Italy ingredients into flavorful pizzas and pastas, they're not about to tell you what to eat. That’s because the restaurant specializes in make-your-own pizza and pasta dishes that allow customers to make the final call when deciding what toppings should sizzle atop their wood-fired pizza or which of five pastas and six sauces will look best slathered across a bib. Alongside these customizable options, the Billelo family has curated a menu of their favorite pizzas, salads, and subs, all of which incorporate classic Italian ingredients such as genoa salami and pepperoncini and pair perfectly with a range of domestic and Italian beers and wines by the glass.
Hand & Stone’s extensive list of spa offerings, including the facials and massages, realigns mind, body, and tagalong spirit. During a hot-stone massage, a friendly massage therapist strategically utilizes heated smooth river stones on your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature. The benefits of massage are numerous and include stress reduction, pain relief, and decreased chilly bloods. Hand & Stone’s signature facials are tailored to ameliorate existing skin conditions while rejuvenating expression-weary visages through deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction. With the three-month membership, you can experience high-quality pampering in all its refreshing forms at member prices, which can change the price of an eyebrow shaping from $20 to $15 or the price of an 80-minute massage from $99.95 to $59.95.
Eleutheria Wellness Center's family-oriented healing haven helps adults and children to achieve inner and outer well being through a variety of therapies, including yoga, speech therapy, massage therapy, behavioral treatments, and cosmetology services. Each employee bears special training and licensing in one or more specialized fields, such as the occupational-therapy practitioners who help children with disabilities to develop fine-motor, visual, and sensory skills. Kids who need a helping hand in honing their social skills can learn to better communicate with their parents and stubborn imaginary friends under the guidance of staffers skilled in applied behavior analysis. A packed schedule of mixed-level yoga classes features strengthening, flowing practices, and more meditative sessions, providing a well-rounded approach to mind-body fitness.
The cadre of hairstylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at M Salon and Spa presents a varied slate of beautifying and restorative services. Working from a palette of L'Oréal Professionel hair products, stylists snip strands, add color and highlights, and apply restorative treatments to repair damaged locks. Nail techs perform a suite of nail services, swathing fingertips with Shellac polish to leave appendage armor bright and chip-free—unlike the paint job on a golf cart—for up to a full fortnight. Massage therapists lift tension from backs and shoulders by rendering 90-minute Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, and waxing professionals lift unwanted hair from legs, brows, and lips.
To help her clients overcome pain and stress, Integrative Body Dynamics - Craniosacral Therapy and Massage owner and licensed massage therapist JoAnn Clinton draws on a wide range of therapy philosophies. For one client’s specific complaint, for example, JoAnn may recommend Visceral Manipulation, Therapeutic Massage, or Craniosacral Therapy. Other modalities in her repertoire include Swedish massage and reiki, and all of her massages employ aromatic doTerra essential oils.