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 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 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.
Doctor of Oriental Medicine Glenn Osterweil utilizes natural and holistic medical techniques to help his patients to naturally come to a full recovery. He specializes in pain management, including acute and chronic pain syndromes, and currently serves on the board of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine, where he has also been an adjunct faculty member. He also treats insomnia, fatigue, and metabolic conditions such as low thyroid levels. The center's team of Chinese-medicine practitioners, massage therapists, and acupuncturists administers a sprawling selection of treatments. Techniques include time-tested herbal therapy.
Focusing on balance and wellness for the entire body, Crystal Otter pampers weary soul sacks with a variety of personalized treatments in a tranquil atmosphere . The highly trained and attentive staff of knot kneaders utilizes a variety of massage techniques to eradicate persistent aches and alleviate tension. Target subterranean stress with a deep tissue massage, or tap the tranquility of the most easygoing rivulets through the flowing, soothing movements of the Swedish massage. Meanwhile, the seated chair session hones in on treating the upper body, and each myofascial release massage applies soft tissue therapy techniques after issuing hard tissue a polite cease and desist order. Sports massages provide preparation and relief before and after physical activities; alternately, gift your muscles with the hot stone massage to tame tension and melt away stress with the stimulating aid of warm, smooth geodes. Expectant mothers can request the rejuvenating prenatal massage to increase circulation, loosen tight muscles, and ease the pain of in-utero karate kicks.
American Therapeutic Massage’s licensed massage therapist, Ian McIntosh, wields a full arsenal of tension-taming techniques from deep-tissue massage to alternative therapies such as cupping, which places small, warm glass bowls on the clients' backs to remind their deltoids to do the dishes. In a simply decorated studio bathed in soft, warm light, his talented fingertips poke and prod clients' muscles, pausing here and there to deliver one-on-one attention to a neck in knots or whisper sweet nothings to stressed-out latissimus dorsi. Muscles emerge from treatment refreshed, relaxed, and better able to deal with everyday stresses, such as lifting 50-gallon tubs of margarine.
A full-service beautifying haven, Artistic Hair and Nail Salon provides customized services to upgrade unkempt customers. A basic hair cleansing and cut freshens dull strands ($35 and up for women, $15 and up for men) while the exfoliation and restorative treatment turns unhealthy hair into much healthier fettuccine alfredo ($20 and up). Trained in Schwarzkopf Professional Color, the experienced staff can retouch head rugs ($50) or add full highlights to hue-lacking locks ($70 and up). Manicures ($8 and up) and basic pedicures ($10 and up) help manage a whole family's stubborn cuticles, and the children's waiting room—which is stocked with video games and movies—gives unripened adults a place to live while their parents are busy updating their appearances.