Jody Tulloch and her team of massage therapists address tension on all fronts with massage therapy and invigorating spa services. Clients recline across heated tables that are cushioned by layers of padding as a therapist gently relaxes stiff spines, using coconut oil and grapeseed oil to glide their trained hands over areas of tension and harnessing essential oils to boost relaxation ease tenderness. During hot-stone massages, toasted basalt river rocks send heat deep into muscles, allowing tendons to warm up their vocal cords and quietly yodel. For those with TMJ, headaches, and sinus problems, Tulloch herself uses specialized techniques to ease the pain of these stubborn ailments. Body scrubs soften skin while infusing it with scents such as raspberry champagne or chocolate, and airbrush spray-tanning sessions tint bodies with a summery hue. Once clients emerge peaceful and relaxed from their private treatment rooms, they can prolong the experience by purchasing custom-blended essential oils to take home.
The aesthetician at Blu Salon not only gussy up guests from head to toe with a range of beautifying services but also go the extra mile to ensure that clients are as relaxed as possible. After soothing skin and remedying epidermal maladies with glycolic peels and a variety of facials, the relaxation expert complement face-refurbishing treatments with shiatsu massages that catapult sore bodies onto cloud nine—or into the neighbor’s backyard jacuzzi. While clients yield their hands and feet to the salon’s manicurists, they snuggle into a tension-taming massage chair and unload their stresses. After nail techs finish dolling up digits, they can also perform a foot massage upon request. The salon’s menu of services rounds out with eyebrow, lip, and forearm waxing as well as UV-tanning sessions.
Academic Alliance's cadre of doctors and technicians wields both years of experience and an eye for dermal aesthetics to augment each client's natural beauty. Today's offered treatments utilize different modalities to smooth out the face's many rogue wrinkles, using motivated proteins and chemicals to clobber the creases of time. Fifteen units of Botox, injected just below the skin, wipe out lines between brows with minimally uncomfortable ease, smoothly concealing the penalties of protracted frowning contests for up to four months. Alternatively, the Jessner chemical peel exfoliates the deepest clogged pores, purging accumulated microdebris, diminishing age-spot melanin gangs, and reducing fine lines that have been acting out of line.
At her eponymous facial studio, Linda Principe combines her skincare expertise with pharmaceutical-grade ClarityRx products to help her clients attain smooth and youthful complexions. Licensed as a facial specialist and a medical electrologist, Linda calls on technical acumen and deep knowledge of skin care issues to curate cutting-edge treatments that refresh the face naturally. Take, for example, the oxygen therapy facial, a collaborative dance of high-powered serums and pressurized oxygen that hydrates the skin like the traditional Gatorade-bucket dump at a presidential-election acceptance speech. Even more advanced skincare options, such as diamond tip microdermabrasions and salicylic acid peels, take a more aggressive stand against imperfections, and Linda's arsenal of hard and soft waxes swiftly remove hair without irritating skin.
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 Eastlake 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 a red light therapy bed, which does a red light treatment on the full body. 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. A Saunatox and other machines whiten teeth, and spray tan skin.
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.