The wellness professionals at Body Mind Spirit Natural Health Care work with the intention of boosting all three aspects of vitality. They rejuvenate bodies with massages, wraps, and acupuncture while calming the mind with soothing hand movements and reassuring pats on the back. They restore wholeness to the spirit by lavishing clients with undivided attention, whether enveloping clients in steam tents or performing fully customized facials.
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.
Hemi Day Spa specializes in technologically enhanced treatments that address problem areas and signs of aging on both the face and body with little pain, side effects, or downtime. The trained staff mans a fleet of high-tech devices, such as the Derma Pod, which delivers exfoliating microdermabrasions; the Presojet, a set of inflatable bands that presses and decompresses around the body to purge toxins; and the Thermojet, which sends infrared light rays deep into bodies to speed up the body's metabolism of unwanted curves. The spa's services enhance natural beauty without a time-consuming recovery period or painful, invasive methods, such as liposuction surgery or peacock-feather transplants.
The board-certified physicians at Vida Medspa lend an expert touch to rejuvenating IPL and laser-skincare treatments. Within the homey spa environment—sheathed in hues of buttercream, cinnamon, and muted sage—skin savants wield state-of-the-art laser technology to reduce fine lines, even skin tone and texture, and discipline misbehaving leg veins with FDA-approved methods. Beam-free services include chemical peels, massages, and chess-strategy counseling.
Licensed aesthetician Clara Martinez employs her 15 years of professional experience to expertly execute a wide range of body-beautifying spa treatments. Clara rejuvenates full bodies with an exfoliating triumvirate of treatments, including a healthful massage, tip-to-toe scrub with vitamins A and C, and a hydrating vitamin E brush. Finally, a midsection lymphatic wrap works with a presotheraphy machine to drain unwanted fluid and motor oil, leaving behind statuesque stretches of firm, youthful skin.
According to the foremost doctrine in ancient Chinese medicinal texts: “Those who say diseases are incurable have not mastered the art of acupuncture and do not deserve to eat from my potato tree.” Today’s Groupon puts this historical healing treatment in the nimble, all-knowing hands of the professionals at Haas Acupuncture. For $39, you get an initial consultation followed by a one-hour session of holistic acupuncture relief, a $120 value. A movie featuring Reno Raines, rogue acupuncturist, is set to be released soon, tentatively titled The Acupuncturist Who Travels Around and Gets into Adventures.
Just beyond the walls of their medical facility lies an oasis where licensed massage therapists, all of whom are male, knead away tension, aestheticians perform indulgent pedicures and facials, and licensed professionals eradicate signs of age with Botox and Juvederm injectibles. The seasoned staff also offer eyebrow threading, laser hair removal, and prenatal spa treatments, such as a pedicure and pregnancy massage, designed to ease the discomfort of soon-to-be moms. The studio’s sea-green walls, sky-blue throw pillows, and decorative anchors make it easy for guests to kick back on their imaginary beach blanket and imagine that they’ve been whisked away to David Hasselhoff’s living room.