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.
Great Skin Spa & Skincare's experienced aestheticians fight complexion imperfections, from blemishes to wrinkles, with nonsurgical spa treatments. Staffers analyze each client's skin to determine the most beneficial products as well as dole out instructions on how to maintain a healthy face between appointments. Chemical peels and resurfacing procedures slough away layers of dull cells, and gentle microcurrents lift and firm facial muscles better than a microscopic Bowflex. Waxing treatments leave skin silky smooth, and makeup applications enhance natural beauty for weddings, proms, and other special events.
If there's one thing the team at Mansfield Dental Center knows for sure, it's that patients love to be comfortable. They've designed nearly every facet of the office to make patients feel like they're in a spa instead of a dental office. It starts in the lobby, where the staff serves lattes and hot chocolate, guests surf the web, and kids play in the video-game room. Then, in the treatment rooms, heated pillows and blankets assuage patients while they watch satellite TV. When it's time for treatment, the staff uses a combination of numbing gel and a DentalVibe tool, which is designed to reduce injection pain by gently vibrating the gums.
The massage therapists at Horizon Massage and Wellness have noticed something over their more than 18 years in business: an increase in stress among their patients. They do their best to counteract this rising tension with soothing handiwork in styles that range from gently relaxing Swedish massage to prenatal massage to the intense strokes of deep-tissue massage. Not only working out of their Dallas-area locations, staffers occasionally travel to local businesses to perform 15-minute massages on especially rigid office chairs.
After receiving her master of music degree in composition, Nancy Cabansag decided to change course, enrolling in Loma Linda University's School of Dentistry. Nowadays Dr. Cabansag and her staff orchestrate an array of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services, including ClearCorrect teeth aligning.