The medical technicians at Body Refine can reduce cellulite, erase fine lines and wrinkles, and tone their clients' body contours using only two tools: radio frequency and ultrasound. The combination of energies heats fibers resting below skin's surface, either causing fat to dissolve and reduce the appearance of cellulite or prompting growth of new collagen fibers to smooth wrinkled areas. No matter which area of the body technicians target, treatments are noninvasive and require no downtime, allowing clients to immediately resume their everyday activities or moonlight as traffic cops in the middle of Manhattan.
With eight beauty specialists on staff, including medical aestheticians, a clinical nurse, and several educators, the length of the service menu at M Spa at Bown Crossing comes as no surprise. Hardwood floors, taupe walls, and sleek plush furniture lend the space a modern and soothing ambiance. The staff style hair with Davines products and cosset skin with facials and chemical peels that use products from Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts. In addition to everyday waxes and nail treatments, the group puts on spa parties and works with hosts to create events for any budget.
Though stylist Tisha Bostrom touts a comprehensive menu of traditional salon services ranging from haircuts and color treatments to waxing services, she also specializes in custom hair extensions. By offering pre-application consultations, Tisha tailors extensions to each client's individual style and, with 12 different color options, can match extensions to most hair colors.
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.
At Tan du Soleil Day Spa, guests revamp façades and bid adieu to outer-world worries with the soothing SpaDaysious package. During the one-hour Swedish massage, skilled hands knead tense muscles from head to toe with light to medium pressure as aromatherapy hypnotizes the senses to make ears believe they can hear like a dog. The European facial helps soften fine and squiggly lines as well as hydrate arid skinscapes with a rejuvenating roster of moisturizing tonics, salves, and facial massage geared to optimize product absorption. A private pedicure room keeps one or two visitors nestled in quiet, serene luxury allowing TVs and magazines to counsel each toe with inspiring words of advice. OPI polish rounds out the sole-smoothing treatment's triple exfoliation by coating toetips in the guest's choice of color. The 30-minute Nooner manicure transforms hands into eye-catching accessories that turn more heads than Queen Elizabeth driving the Wienermobile.
The licensed bodycare professionals of River Run Day Spa perform signature facials and other aesthetic upgrades with Image Skincare products, which blend paraben- and petrochemical-free solutions that are not tested on animals or unwilling garden gnomes. Eucalyptus steam room boosts the relaxation potential of body treatments, such as the herbal-spice body scrub and therapeutic massage.
Endless Summer Tanning & Wellness encourages its clients to bring their own music with them; several of the tanning salon’s beds have individual speaker systems that can connect to a personal mp3 player. The commitment to combining entertainment and relaxation doesn't end there: the HydroMassage system kneads away aches and tight muscles as guests watch movies or listen to tunes, and the hydration stations can increase circulation while nourishing the skin with wildly funny algae extract. The Silver Bullet bed features a relaxing misting system, and tingle lotions help to deepen tans while adding a soothing sensation to invigorate weary limbs.