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 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.
Ceragem, founded in Korea, combines traditional Eastern medicine with today's medical technology to soothe stressed muscles with thermal massage beds and equipment. Ceragem Master and Master RL beds accost aches with FDA-approved far-infrared waves and precision pressures, while Ceragem Compact pads can be placed along acupressure points for targeted pain relief. Digital controls on the equipment and free will allow for full customization of heat level, speed, and warmth.
Rose Garden Massage?s cadre of massage therapists targets pain caused by injury, stress, and lymphedema. Massage sessions calibrate each stroke to the client's needs, pulling together modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, lymphatic drainage, and sports massage. Guided meditations attempt to detect emotional sources of pain or retrieve forgotten locker combinations, and workshops provide a space to share knowledge about topics such as couples massage and women?s empowerment. A lounge offers space to linger posttreatment or have a breakup talk with the knots in tight muscles before appointments.
Dr. Ronald T. Weiland doesn’t “believe in fad diets,” as he notes on his website. Rather, he trusts in simple mathematics: fewer ingested calories plus more burned calories equals weight loss. At Ameri-Cal Weight Clinic, he and his staff put this equation into practice during comprehensive weight-loss programs that rely on healthful foods, aerobic exercise, and prescribed appetite suppressants. This mix of support, services, and tools is readily available at eight clinic locations throughout the Bay Area and one that only appears on leap years.
During her 10-year career, makeup artist Ann Ho has honed her skills working with such well-known companies as NARS and Bobbi Brown. Her work has been featured in such publications as Bon Mua and BN and has prettied up beauty queens across Asia, Vietnam, and California.
At A-List Makeup, she helms a team of skilled makeup artists who beautify guests' faces and hair for weddings and other special occasions. Working either in their studio or on location, they expertly define cheekbones, eyes, and lips so that features will pop during engagement photo shoots or "accidental" run-ins with an attractive ex-mailman. The multitalented mavens can also craft sleek hairstyles that range from blowouts with soft, sexy waves to hair extensions and updos.