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. Helpful assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Shareece Aiken's first encounter with massage therapy was as a client. But after experiencing its many benefits—including pain management and overall health—she decided to spread the goodwill by becoming a licensed massage therapist herself. Years later, Shareece is still helping others by tailoring treatments to individual concerns. This may include plying sore muscles with fluid Swedish strokes, or accessing aches in connective tissues with firmer, deep-tissue kneads. Shareece can also melt tension from backs with specialty hot stone therapy.
The reiki experts at Global Community Wellness help their clients recover from illness, eliminate stress, and bring balance to their lives. Additionally, they lead reiki workshops, which teach people the secrets of energy fields and healing others.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.