Fuchsia lives up to its incandescent name: its hot-pink walls vibrate under shimmering chandeliers. The pink ceiling curves and cuts away to expose industrial chrome pipes reflecting the script of a neon fuchsia Fuchsia sign. Profiled by ABC's The Revolution, Good Morning Arizona, and magazines such as Everyday with Rachael Ray, the spa pampers its guests so thoroughly, it's earned a spot on Gayot's list of Top 10 Value Spas in the world.
Visitors call in or make online appointments to be bundled in body wraps, receive custom facials, or spruce up their nails. Massages take place in private suites where customers can tune into their own iPods, and hair-removal services prep parties for windstorms in velcro factories. The spa also contains a blow-dry bar, a makeup-artistry station, and shelves and racks of boutique apparel, accessories, and skincare products.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Though she started her career in a traditional medical practice, Dr. Christine Brass-Jones believes that health is about more than prescriptions and pills. Her current practice at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine takes into account holistic remedies that factor in the health of the patient's body and mind no matter what ailment is being treated. An experienced staff of doctors and massage therapists offers services to promote a lifetime of wellness, such as women's health, family medicine, and massages. As they treat maladies, perform checkups, and test trivia retention, Dr. Brass-Jones and her associates offer naturopathic remedies for ailments when possible. The variety of treatments the clinic offers includes traditional Western massages as well as Eastern approaches such as reiki, pain-relieving cupping, and facials with Rhonda Allison products.
Aches and pains meet their match at Lifecare Chiropractic, where two chiropractors and three massage therapists work to ease the effects of injury-, age-, and accident-related health issues. E-book author and fitness fan Dr. James Bogash specializes in functional, preventive medicine, with a particular emphasis on the art of manipulation under anesthesia (MUA). Inspired by her own healing experience with chiropractic care, Dr. Kristen Heim now delivers the same relief to patients of her own. Along with the massage therapists, the duo tackles the root causes of myriad symptoms, often curing them with surgery-free techniques. The practice also delivers cosmetic treatments, such as Lipo Laser treatments that assist in weight loss and supplements that can be glued together to form an attractive mask.
Both of The Healing Arts Day Spa’s two locations enhance the transporting effects of their services with decor that evokes a Tuscan-style villa. Vines crawl across shelves and along the backs of chairs, walls are painted to resemble lightly weathered stucco, and stone tiles create the feel of an airy courtyard. In softly lit rooms, the hands of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians deliver relaxation through massage, body wraps, and skin and hair treatments. Customers can even learn to pamper themselves: owner Terrell Lynn teaches a course in couples’ massage that helps forge closer bonds between spouses or strangers on a long bus ride.
Le Studio Salon De Beaute merges European-inspired salon care with welcoming Arizona hospitality. This blending of cultures can be attributed to the owners, French designer Laurent and his American wife, Sue. Along with their team of stylists and other beauty specialists, they pamper guests with nail care treatments, as well as spray tans and makeovers. Hair care services range from quick styles to brazilian blowouts, and updos for special events such as weddings or Flat Earthy Society mixers.