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.
Let go of that stress under the capable touch of massage therapist Linda Ilk. She can perform several different types of massage, depending on what your goals for your session are. Linda is experienced in deep tissue massage, myofascial release, hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and trigger point therapy. Through one or more of these variations, Linda relieves pain, decreases stress and tension, promotes circulation, and increases her clients’ overall wellbeing. Communication is important in any massage, and Linda makes sure to follow her clients’ wishes and change pressure and technique depending on what’s best for the client’s body. She also offers different oils for you to bring home and maintain your state of relaxation.
At Sandpiper Dental, friendly isn’t just a vague way to describe the staff. Drs. Thomas W. Waite and David J. Trebisovsky, both University of Minnesota alums with more than 25 years of experience each, and their staff show patients how much they care by greeting everyone by their first name as they walk through the door. They also handwrite friendly notes to check in with patients after they’ve undergone a root canal or complicated surgery to extract stubborn popcorn kernels. They even have been known to send out hand-crafted birthday cards and flowers on special occasions, and they keep their office equipped with a children’s play area to make the space welcoming to whole family.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Eleven different practices feature orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost.
Dr. Collin Hatcher has led the staff of Cedar Cliff Dental Center in tending smiles since he founded the practice in 1985. He enthusiastically embraces new dental technologies such as laser dentistry and Invisalign, which gets teeth to straighten up their act with clear aligners rather than threats of military school. He and his team cover the spectrum of dental services from general cleanings and checkups to teeth whitening. They also practice holistic dentistry, which focuses on the mouth's connection to the rest of the body, preserving natural teeth, and educating patients about alternatives to traditional dental procedures.
The experienced tooth technicians at Kinney and Musser brighten smiles with modern technology and a philosophy of preventative maintenance over corrective procedures. The visit begins with a comprehensive dental examination, during which the dentist will spelunk into face caverns in search of tooth decay, signs of oral cancer, and Lego buildup. Afterwards, a skilled technician snaps four bitewing x-rays and a panoramic x-ray to reveal the goings-on between tooth and gum, as well as exposing any otherwise invisible tooth decay. A hygienist then bathes mouth bones in a whirlpool of floss and foam, sloughing off plaque jackets and removing tartar tiaras.