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.
Zoe A. Tritsis has been interested in healing others for as long as she can remember, but she discovered the therapeutic benefits of massage only after suffering a serious injury of her own. This injury would end up changing her life in unexpected ways. It inspired her to earn her license in massage therapy nearly two decades ago, and ever since then she has worked to soothe muscles with modalities that range from Swedish to neuromuscular therapy.
Throughout the years, Zoe’s base of clients has grown to encompass a number of musicians and staff members from the nearby House of Blues. She honors their patronage—as well as her studio’s location in historic uptown New Orleans—by giving her massages playful, blues-inspired names such as Blues Express and Bluesapalooza. Therapeutic oils, lotions, and mud from the banks of the Ole Mississippi accompany each of her treatments, which take place in a private room equipped with a bathroom and changing area.
Each location offers the regenerative properties of various varieties of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 5 minutes are set aside before and after for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
Beauty Arts Wellness Spa offers men and women a relaxing slate of personalized spa services. An experienced aesthetician begins the one-hour, deep-cleansing facial by using steam and gentle scrubbing to clear dirt from pores and degrease slickened skin. Pore extractions reach deep within the skin to unclog face drains. Afterward, an ionization machine uses gently focused frequencies that are thought to detox the skin, while an application of vitamin C aids in closing the pores and perhaps helps tone the underlying muscles and tissues. Treatments can be used to revitalize downtrodden dermises, improve complexions, or help prospecting patients strike a more golden glow.
Armed with a full arsenal of Essie and OPI polishes, the nail artists of Magazine Nails & Spa groom and coif nails with services that range from basic mani-pedis to one-hour pampering sessions filled with orange scrubs, hot towels, and skin-softening paraffin dips. Supplementary add-ons such as long-lasting gel polish, nail art, and french tips enrich nails following classic buffing, filing, and cuticle cleanup, and full sets of acrylic overlays grant fingers extra length and cure them of long-held sloth envy. The technicians at Magazine Nails also extend their shaping expertise to waxing services for the face and body, granting smoother skin to both their male and female clientele.
Glamour Therapy's artistic doyen, Natalie Chosa, wields her talent and aesthetic knowledge with skill, earning her the trust of heads such as John Goodman, Brad Paisley, and Jason Lee. Specializing in sculpting coiffeurs and painting facial canvases to complement her subjects' lifestyles, Natalie will conduct a consultation to determine the most suitable service for each client. If a client is stranded on an island of dead ends, the masterful stylist will unsheathe her scissors and tame unruly manes for men ($40) and women ($60). With a proper makeup application ($75), skeletal masks can accentuate their natural cheek and jaw lines to lead the eye to their most radiant feature: glow-in-the dark teeth. For those with unwanted brow shrubbery, a precision tweezing will mold stray hairs into pristine arches, great for crossing flooded eye ponds ($25).