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 of 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 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.
Each location offers the regenerative properties of various varieties of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 10 minutes are set aside for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
Dr. Lisa Gulcher, M.D. manages a staff of aestheticians who use advanced cosmetic technology to perform nonsurgical treatments for men and women. A one-hour Laser Genesis skin-therapy treatment commences with a consultation and brief prep work. Sure-handed staff members then wield a laser handpiece, showering dermal layers with cascades of laser-light energy in an attempt to minimize the appearance of the fine lines, large pores, and "Fifty-Four Forty or Fight" tattoos indicative of aging skin. The gentle heat caused by the procedure is designed to stimulate collagen formation beneath the skin's surface and reduce skin redness. Sessions conclude with the application of an SPF moisturizer and entail a minimal amount of downtime, ensuring that patients have ample time to recover before they must put their faces back to work as portable dry-erase boards.
Overheard, crystals sway, clinging to chandeliers suspended from a sky-blue ceiling. Sunbeams pour in, occasionally catching these twinkling adornments as it stripes the lobby with light on its long slide along the marble reception desk. This is New Life Massage, where tranquility begin before you even step into a treatment room. After checking in at the desk, visitors traverse ivory corridors lit by curling wall sconces before settling into a private treatment room or smashing a stress ball in the sledgehammer room. In these secluded rooms, treatments unfold, treating guests to everything from restorative Swedish massages to skincare and waxing treatments.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
The therapists at Cozy Feet Spa keep their focus aimed squarely at the feet, which are believed to hold reflex areas that possess a direct channel to the body’s many vital organs, components, and lost passwords. The implementation of this belief, reflexology, involves applied pressure to these reflex zones to harmonize the body and activate the self-healing process, with benefits as diverse as increased energy, boosted immune system, and relief from many emotional and physical ailments. The therapists here also conduct acupressure body massages and offer the option to complement treatments with foot baths.