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.
The certified therapists at Epic Spa and Wellness replenish weary physiques during an array of holistic healing treatments. During each 30-minute infrared-sauna treatment, healing rays penetrate beneath skin suits, detoxifying the body at the cellular level and swaddling oft-neglected skeletons in warmth. Successive treatments have been known to alleviate pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and chronic fatigue, in addition to boosting weight loss, immune function, and the ability to smell colors. While clients bask in electromagnetic radiance, soft music creates a tranquil environment in which to relax.
Modeled after traditional Korean spas, King Spa & Sauna houses nine distinct therapy rooms, each of which specializes in treating a different form of ailment or anxiety. The Charcoal room lines its walls with antibacterial briquettes, which can alleviate conditions such as eczema and undercooked pork sausage. The domed sauna in the Fire Sudatorium encircles entrants in the room's dry-heat and oak-tree aromatherapy, whereas the low temperature of the Ice room encourages blood flow to the chilled parts of the body. In the heated Base Rock room, slabs of siraka stone deploy infrared rays into prostrate patrons, inciting increased circulation and lymphatic drainage during a process that, like most mixed-martial-arts careers, typically doesn't last longer than two 15-minute sessions.
As its name suggests, Facelogic Spa prioritizes the primping of the face. Its aestheticians perform more than a dozen facials, including services that use only organic products and treatments tailored to acne, aging, and other common concerns. Their more intensive skincare treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning. Every option is tailored to individual skin type and uses premium products, such as ?minence Organic Skin Care and Image Skin Care. The spa also offers a variety of relaxation and beautifying treatments, from massage therapy to airbrush tanning or waxing.
Hot and cold each have a purpose at The Phit Studio. During whole-body cryotherapy sessions, patrons are exposed to extremely cold temperatures?somewhere between -238 and -274 degrees Fahrenheit?for just under three minutes. This brief exposure triggers several key reactions throughout the body: it restores some of the skin's natural elasticity, bolsters immune system and metabolic function, and causes the sort of anti-inflammatory response that can alleviate chronic joint pain. On the other end of the temperature spectrum, the studio's private, jade infrared sauna pods shower clients with a combination of near- and far-infrared rays while soft music and soothing aromatherapy
help them to relax. These infrared rays deliver heat deep beneath the surface of the skin, improving circulation throughout the entire body and stimulating collagen production. And, just like with cryotherapy, the sauna sessions can also help relieve aches by triggering an anti-inflammatory response and by literally melting tension so it may be safely mopped away.