Massage therapist Lorelle Quast draws her menu of 15 therapies from healing traditions across the world. Inside her office, muscle knots might yield to the relaxing kneads of a Swedish massage or the yoga-like stretches of a Thai one. Quast also draws from Far-Eastern medical traditions for holistic therapies, including energy-balancing reiki and oriental bodywork designed to promote the body's flow of chi. Specialized massage styles target the unique stresses and strains of athletes, pregnant women, and office workers hunched over from being forced to carry the company anvil on their shoulders all day.
I Zen Spa smoothes skin and vivifies visages with its wide range of therapeutic treatments, including noninvasive facial masks and nonsurgical facelifts. The one-hour Liftosome mask treatment starts with a gentle facial cleansing followed by an application of Pro Collagen Concentrate to promotes elasticity in skin with office-supply aspirations. Faces then gets swaddled in a Thermolift mask that combines the skin-elastifying effects of collagen with soothing heat to improve skin firmness.
While her children slept, Molly Dose's brain worked. During naptime, Molly would formulate plans for her own beauty and wellness center along with her friend Nicole McLaren, a consultant for skincare company Arbonne International. Personalized wellness consultations became the cornerstone of their approach, which they put into practice when they opened Balanced Bee Bodywork in 2012.
As a licensed massage therapist, Molly eases her clients into relaxation and physical wellness through a range of modalities, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Swedish massages. She also performs pre- and post-natal massages for expectant and new mothers, as well as those forming a tighter bond with their favorite throw pillow. Meanwhile, Nicole tends to clients' skincare needs, recommending products ranging from makeup and moisturizers to cleansers and energy-supplement tabs.
Determined to give working people a place to relax and be pampered, the working mother of two behind Tigli Skin Spa enlisted her husband and friends to help her create an intimate spa, tanning salon, and boutique. Soft lighting and richly hued furnishings set the tone for lush experiences, whether in one of the spa's fleet of tanning beds or in a tranquil massage room. A luxurious experience is ensured with the use of celebrity-favorite Éminence Organics skincare products, which nourish the skin, engage the senses, and broker sophisticated peace deals between the earth and the salon industry.
At VIP Nails, a team of nail technicians, massage therapists, and aestheticians work together to bring about body-wide rejuvenation and relaxation. Whole-body treatments include hot-stone massages and herbal wraps, and manicures and pedicures pamper appendages with moisturizing paraffin, cuticle care, and aromatherapy footbaths.
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 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. 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.