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.
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.
What would make the owner of a successful tanning salon consider selling his business to a 20-year-old upstart? Robert Paolini may have been young, but he’d earned his bronze-colored stripes; since he was 16 years old, he’d worked long hours at the salon, and his friendly manner put customers at ease. When the sale fell through, Robert put together his own business plan, gathered investors—some of whom were former tanning clients—and opened his own salon, The Hot Spot Tanning Co.
The salon has since weathered a boom in the tanning business, and Robert attributes the company’s survival to an amicable staff, who have created an atmosphere he compares to the show Cheers. “People who tan visit the salon three to four times a week, more often than they go to the grocery store,” says Robert. “They want to go where they feel comfortable.” So in each private room, tanners can stow their gear safely on sturdy shelves, hang clothing on hooks, and refresh after sessions with deodorant, makeup remover, and hand wipes.
Warm-skinned patrons slip from high-pressure tanning booths, which coax out melanin with lights designed to avert burns and lend credence to claims that one is a model in a water-wings catalog. Against the hushed hiss of a Mystic Tan booth, Robert presides over a selection of supplements, sports drinks, and shakes, and draws on a certification in sports nutrition while guiding clients through health and weight-loss programs.
Most people believe beauty requires pain. But at Timeless Surgical Center, a team of experienced technicians strives to make sure its advanced aesthetic services deliver serious results with very minimal discomfort. Board-certified technicians carry out this mission using their experience as laser specialists. Timeless Surgical Center is also a Syneron instructing center, skilled at training facial surgeons and technicians in the ins and outs of administering and performing advanced aesthetic treatments using FotoFacial RF, Refirmé, and Matrix IR systems—systems the doctor employs in her work at Timeless Surgical Center. Patients can smooth cellulite with VelaShape treatments, which also shape the body's contours noninvasively. Many of the spa's treatments can work together toward a single beauty goal; VelaShape can be used in conjunction with Vaser liposuction to heighten the smoothing, slimming effect. The beauty haven is also outfitted with Obagi skincare products, which are used during customized facials and exfoliating peels.