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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. 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.

4530 Balfour Rd
Brentwood,
CA
US

The family that owns Bella Mia Spa has been pampering clients for 22 years, so they know a thing or two about helping people to relax. Within the cozy, Tuscan-themed space, staffers perform treatments that soothe both body and mind, using fragrant ingredients such as a lavender foot soak or seasonally scented facial products. They enhance physical and mental wellbeing with hot-stone massages or reflexology sessions, and promote detoxification with warm, herbal body wraps.

A small, green topiary, a cherub-like statue, and a water fountain set a tranquil tone as they greet guests near the entrance. Stone accents along the walls create an ambiance reminiscent of old-world Italy or the Alpine quarry where yodeling was invented.

5439 Clayton Rd
Clayton,
CA
US

Imagine fingertips adorned with leopard prints, blooming sunflowers, fluttering butterflies, or the stripes of an American flag. Marina Renghini of Fantasy Nails by Marina at Unity Salon and Spa has mastered the meticulous art of custom nail design. She turns fingernails into eye-catching artwork, working completely freehand and unencumbered by decals or stencils. After a relaxing experience that may include nail grooming, scrubs, masks, and massages, clients are left with truly unique nails that come with a warning that they may garner interest from art auctioneers.

1571 Oak Park Blvd
Pleasant Hill,
CA
US

Jamie Schabbing has been a stylist since 1995, and during that time, she's developed a knack for extensions and chemical treatments. She stays up to date in these areas by immersing herself in advanced training courses. Using this expertise, she caters to each client’s personal style, whether by straightening manes for a formal event or matching hair color to the hue of the goldfish that saved the client's life.

760 Camino Ramon
Danville,
California
US

How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.

2065 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

Majestic Massage for Wellness' owner, Tamara, continually studies and retrains herself in new therapy modalities that calm aches of both the flesh and spirit. This drive to attain a complete understanding of holistic healing is a product of a 15-year career in health-care work as well as studies at the Japanese Massage and Bodywork Institute and the A Diamond Holistic Massage Institute. She utilizes her vast knowledge of soothing techniques to perform unique services that enhance traditional massage and improve long-term health.

These treatments capture a range of eastern and western techniques including reiki energy healing enhanced with Tibetan bells and raindrop therapy to fight inflammation along spines or drought-stricken fields. Beyond individual sessions, Majestic Massage also imparts deft touch required to heal oneself and others through reiki classes and couples' massage lessons.

2123 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Building K suite 100
Walnut Creek,
CA
US