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.
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Sweat pours from foreheads, hearts race, and blood courses. Though these effects are commonly caused by exercising, they are also caused by the detoxifying body wraps offered at Aphrodite. This boutique spa draped in a color scheme of teals and tans employs technicians that foster the toxin-purging process by shining infrared light over fully clothed clients in specialized wraps. Light energy is then able to reach the dermal layer of the skin, where it disrupts fat cells. Along with shrinking waistlines, each 50-minute session aims to relieve aches and pains caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress, and attempting to play water polo with a bowling ball.
Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
Oasis Dream Spa's staff aims to offer guests a Parisian-themed refuge from everyday life with facials, revitalizing body wraps, and mani-pedis that, in keeping with the spa's theme, include complimentary French tips. The massage therapists are skilled in nearly a dozen massage modalities, enabling them to stimulate circulation and relaxation with Swedish massages, relieve pregnancy symptoms with prenatal massages, or help snowmen lose weight with hot-stone massages. Oasis Dream Spa's fat and cellulite reduction treatments target trouble spots through a variety of methods, including radio frequency devices, which break down fatty cells and stimulate collagen production for smoother, firmer tummies, hips, or thighs.
Using a combination of traditional spa treatments, alternative wellness therapies, and modern weight-loss technology, Miami Detox & Spa's staff aims to keep bodies in tiptop shape. The staff specializes in holistic well-being, employing ionic foot baths, infrared-induced sweat, and a bevy of "keep calm and carry on" posters to facilitate an orderly evacuation of bodily toxins. Unique, noninvasive technologies, such as the ultrasonic cavitation weight-loss treatment or the calorie-burning total-body vibration device, further enhance corpuses while offering pain-free alternatives to fat-reduction surgery.