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 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.
Inside Soothing Beauty's tranquil studio, facials, scrubs, and body wraps combine to beautify skin and promote relaxation. In the spa's waiting room, pink and brown furnishings dress in rich fabric between dark wood tables. Treatment areas harbor plush beds topped with soft blankets and maroon pillows, illuminated from above by faux candles emitting theoretical photons. The aestheticians stationed within these private treatment rooms wax away unwanted hair, promote healing with hot-stone foot reflexology, and reduce puffiness around the eyes with soothing cucumber treatments.:m]]
Tranquil Waters Spa combines the refreshing powers of a day spa with the healing prowess of a wellness center to create a haven of whole body well-being. Specialists keep exteriors shiny and new with aesthetic treatments that range from traditional facials and AHA chemical peels to aromatherapy and bath-salt treatments. Resident therapist Dr. Lew Huff flaunts holistic regimens focused on treating the root cause of ailments and not just their symptoms through painless acupuncture, chiropractic care, hypnotherapy, and nutritional counseling. A multidisciplinary assessment can also help determine the path to wellness as a slew of specialists—such as acupuncturists, structural therapists, and aromatherapists—heal from every angle like a Neosporin hot tub. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Massage Therapy School in Houston unleashes its students inside the spa to learn a range of massage modalities, as its interns—all of whom have completed at least half the hours required to become professional spa experts—bring their newly acquired skills to the treatment table.
SHRINK Studios provides noninvasive alternatives to surgical liposuction with technological systems that help contour bodies and generally improve the skin's tone and texture. During ultrasonic-cavitation sessions, the technicians bombard stubborn adipose tissue with ultrasound energy, helping sculpt limbs or waistlines while simultaneously lessening signs of cellulite. The RF skin-tightening treatments similarly help create a more youthful look with focused radio-frequency energy that helps stimulate collagen production and smooth away the blemishes such as wrinkles, stretch marks, and ever-growing lifelines on the palms. Infrared saunas deliver heat deep beneath the surface of the skin, reinvigorating clients and increasing cleansing circulation, boosting metabolisms, and even alleviating minor aches and pains. By exclusively using noninvasive methods to sculpt and contour bodies, SHRINK Studios helps clients work toward their preferred body image without the recovery time required after surgical procedures.
The beauty experts at Body FX rely on non-invasive technology to help clients perfect their bodies without having to go under the knife. Nonsurgical lipo treatments use ultrasonic cavitation to rupture fat cells, producing the slimming effects of liposuction without actually removing any tissue. Infrared body wraps work along the same lines, shrinking fat cells with radiating waves of warmth. In addition to these treatments, clients can brighten their grins with self-administered teeth-whitening treatments or prepare their skin for amicable separations from razors and tweezers via full-body waxing treatments. Eyelash-extension services add length and volume to existing lashes with extensions applied individually and bonded with medical-grade adhesives. Other facial services include custom facials, modified for skin type and needs, and purifying deep-cleansing facials, which exfoliate, deep clean, and calm oily, blemish-prone skin.
As the name suggests, the doctors and aestheticians at Skin Body Soul nurture a balance between outer beauty and inner peace. Aiming to restore the body's nutrients while drawing out its toxins, treatments such as Herbalogica body wraps use niacin and soy oil to stimulate collagen production and firm up skin. Nonsurgical lipo treatments and infrared sauna sessions similarly aim to contour the body through the use of ultrasound and dry infrared heat, respectively.
Several of the spa's other offerings, including microcurrent treatments, glycolic peels, and Norvell sunless tanning, restore a youthful glow to skin. But the staff's expertise doesn't stop at the service menu. They keep a blog updated with recipes, nutrition tips, and YouTube videos of the latest dance craze the Protein Shake.