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.
Southern Exposure Tanning Center gilds skins with 18 tanning units, including a red-light-therapy bed. Beds offer four levels of UV tanning, and an automated Mystic Tan spray booth mists hides in a matter of minutes. To assist with these options, the shop’s Smart Tan–certified staff stands by ready to discuss the differences between UV and sunless tanning, as well as the benefits of accelerators, HCG, vitamin B drops, and skincare products.
Odds are, you won’t see someone leaving tattoo parlor Nampa Ink without an arm swathed in the telltale plastic wrap that signifies the birth of new ink. The newly created tattoo parlor has already made a splash in the Boise tattoo scene, filling up appointment times with guests eager to be on the receiving end of the staff’s artistic expertise. The staff specializes in detailed line work and flowing script, creating complex pieces and written messages that show the world what you love the most or serve as a permanent reminder of this week’s grocery list.
Christina Love looks at her 35 years in hydrotherapy as not only a career path, but a personal investment. Years ago, cleansing colonics helped her to overcome a drawn-out battle with cancer, and the experience inspired her to help others reach a higher level of health. Nowadays, she practices her holistic therapy as the resident hydrotherapist of Hands on Health. She draws on her extensive colonic experience and combines other therapies, such as herbology, meditation, and oriental medicine, to proper digestive health, which is critical to overall wellness and hotdog eating contests.