Kimberly Murphy is a licensed aesthetician and PCA-certified skincare specialist with a industry-proven background that stretches back to 1994. During that time she's worked cosmetics for Lord and Taylor, represented European lines like Guerlain and Orlane, and volunteered for nonprofits such as Teen Explosion. Her goal at Kimberly's Glam Spa and Boutique is to share her knowledge to help clients in order to give them a fresh start at healthy skin and beautiful features.
After a glass of champagne or cup of tea in the cafe, clients settle in for one of Kimberly's signature treatments. The menu of services features facials for men, women, teens, and those looking to overcome signs of aging?take, for instance, the 24-carat gold facial, which reduces wrinkles and harness the healing properties of gold to reduce impurities in the skin. There's also a slate of body wraps like the chocolate-covered strawberry wrap, as well as PCA peels for more advanced skin issues. After a treatment and beverage, clients are free to peruse the boutique's jewelry and accessories.
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- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Here's what you'll find in a private treatment room at Callisto Therapeutic Spa: A skilled aesthetician or massage therapist. A heated table. Matte, dark walls that spin a cocoon-like effect. Hot towels. An automated essential oil diffuser, quietly emitting puffs of fragrant steam. Complimentary herbal tea and infused water, scooped from the spa's drinkable moat. And on the ceiling directly above that heated table, two parallel bars suspended from the ceiling.
What are the bars for? During ashiatsu massages, they help the therapist keep her balance as she walks on the client's back. There are plenty of less intensive massage therapies on duty. Clients can commission craniosacral, reflexology, or thermal palms, an alternative to hot stones and prenatal massage; each is customized to address specific ailments and pain points. Facials, meanwhile, include microdermabrasion treatments and skin analyzation. Despite the service menu's diversity, each treatment is conducted with a focus on total relaxation.
The formidable skincare boutique at B-True Organics has a lot in common with the produce section of a grocery store. Products are crafted with botanicals such as fennel, grapefruit, and mango?and they're almost pure enough to eat. The pH-balanced shampoos, body lotions, and eye shadows contain no harsh chemicals and have never been tested on animals or particularly hairy coconuts. In addition to their in-house line of products, B-True Organics carries brands such as Dr. Bronner's, ilike, and SpaRitual. B-True's respectable menu of spa services lets customers put its products to the test in private treatment rooms as they receive organic facials or massages that employ Hawaiian and Balinese techniques.
Drawing from the boutique's selection of natural, chemical-free skincare products, the aestheticians on staff provide skincare services that address a number of complexion maladies. Skin experts also work closely with clients who are battling acne, offering a six-week program that incorporates products and visits to the boutique to manage problem skin and keep blemishes at bay.
Whether they’re polishing toenails or eliminating cellulite with a Beauty Image laser, the staff at Ador Skin Care & Spa focuses on customizing their treatments to your body’s needs. Their services—which also include facials, body scrubs, waxing, and eyebrow tinting—often employ opulent Sothys skincare products, which maintain looks with minimal preservatives instead of liberal amounts of beauty vinegar.