Stephanie Maner transitioned to the med-spa world after working with kids suffering from critical skin ailments at the Children’s Hospital in Denver. Armed with high-tech equipment, Stephanie designs custom skin treatments that range from facials and chemical peels to scar-removal sessions. Stephanie also performs microdermabrasion treatments to help treat fine lines and leave skin as smooth as the bald head of the figure on a bowling trophy, and the facility hosts acupuncture treatments and yoga classes.
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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.
Glo Sun Spa keeps a slew of modern bronzing, polishing, and hydrating technologies in peak condition. With a variety of tanning beds, Glo Sun Spa provides a wide range of sun-kissed glows. Alternatively, sunless VersaSpa and Pura Sunless systems provide a tan away from the sun's rays. The hydration station combines Hydrofusion with steam and LED technology to moisturize and tan epidermises, and the Lumiere Excel system features a series of repairing, clearing, and firming regimens. Glo Sun Spa also stocks a full line of lavish skincare products from brands such as Devoted Creations.
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.
Amazing Hands translates the complex body language of its clients with a diverse selection of massage styles and techniques expertly deployed to suit each body’s aches and tensions. At each location, a team of licensed massage therapists harnesses eastern and western techniques to oust muscle tension and detoxify tendons as clients relax on heated tables. Therapists specialize in helping to heal shoulder, knee, and back injuries with a combination of invigorating massage strokes and deep-tissue pressure, which can also help break up scar tissue. They use up to nine essential oils to stoke simultaneous mind and body relaxation, much like practicing yoga or sharing a hammock with a hypnotist.
At Adjustments & Acupuncture, Doctor of Chiropractic Deb Hirabai uses more than 14 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.
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