At Nail Club & Spa, a full-service nail salon for men and women, a licensed staff welcomes guests to sit at one of many manicure stations or to lounge in a row of pedicure chairs. Their chairs are no traditional thrones, partly because they aren’t in a castle with 400-year-old priceless artifacts called the king and queen. Instead, their thrones are equipped with massaging capabilities and pedicure baths that have disposable liners and fresh water, keeping bacteria at bay. The staff further tends to appendages by polishing nails from a palette of more than 100 colors, whose chemical odor doesn't linger thanks to the spa’s well-designed ventilation system. Additionally, the Nail Club & Spa team pours complimentary drinks, turns on a flat-screen television, and renders a number of skincare services in private rooms.
Inside a large lofted facility, clients recline and develop their bronzy hues in tanning beds for up to 20 minutes per session, depending on UV levels. VersaSpa booths are also on hand, equipped with automated sprayers that emit a DHA-based tanning mist. The solution works naturally with skin to form deep and even tans that span from clients' heads to their toes, much like the warmest ski hats.
At Adjustments & Acupuncture, Doctor of Chiropractic Deb Hirabai uses more than 16 years of acupuncture experience to guide her patients toward active lifestyles. A recipient of such treatments herself, Dr. Hirabai zeroes in on everyday disorders while drawing on methods such as spinal corrections, applied kinesiology, and traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal formulas. Most treatments begin with a comprehensive exam, which allows her to map out a personalized solution for each patient rather than relying on a cloth map of Middle Earth.
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 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.
It was through his own experience as a young athlete and his wife's pregnancy that Doctor of Chiropractic Ryan Day found himself specializing in the treatment of athletes and mothers-to-be. In addition to helping sports buffs defeat aches with spinal adjustments, Dr. Day also aims to improve athletic performance with kinesio taping. He is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, so he is also adept at treating rug rats, lil' tykes, and whippersnappers alike.