A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
A stress-free oasis in the heart of downtown Turlock, Blown Away Salon & Spa offers a relaxing counterpoint to the bustling activity just outside its doors. Though long considered a gem by locals, the all-purpose salon and spa can also claim a few out-of-town fans: as recently as May 2013, Joan Rivers dropped in for a manicure and style before her standup show at the nearby Turlock Community Theatre.
In spite of its growing popularity, Blown Away maintains a serene, low-key atmosphere punctuated only by animated chatter and the clipping of shears. The salon’s styling services range from feather extensions to formaldehyde-free Bio Ionic KeraSmooth treatments, which leave strands sleek and straight for months to come. On the other side of the expansive studio, nail technicians highlight digits with vibrant colors, and aestheticians tend to skin with exfoliating chemical peels. A visit to the spa’s resident massage therapist completes the cycle of relaxation as deep-tissue massages work against the muscle grain with firm pressure, and sports massages break up knots of tension with well-placed fastballs and slap shots.
Spa owner Kerry Corduck chose her career as an aesthetician for one simple reason: to make people feel good. A large part of her business's success is owed to this selfless ideology, as well as the talent of her staff. Guests can request a soothing facial or wax from a skilled aesthetician, or retreat to a private room for custom bodywork from licensed massage therapist Nichole Mahelona. Nichole maximizes the effectiveness of her sessions by tailoring bodywork techniques to the individual needs of her clients—whether they want light to medium relaxation strokes, or firmer, more focused pressure.
Owner Kerry Corduck helms a team of women who help clients enhance their natural beauty and feeling of well-being with spa services. After pampering is complete, the team sends clients home to continue the beautifying process with purchased products such as organic makeup by the Balm, Youngblood mineral makeup, or Dermalogica products.