Between the demands of work and family, it's easy for the body to get off balance. That's why licensed massage therapist Jean Buchanan keeps the senses in check with her holistic healing services. Jean is a multi-skilled therapist with specialties ranging from accident rehabilitation to spa relaxation techniques. Clients may also seek her expertise for an exfoliating body wrap to slim and tighten the physique.
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 Soothing Palm Bodyworks, licensed massage therapist Benjamin Blanchard eases muscular pain with his broad repertoire of massage modalities. Benjamin specializes in alleviating chronic pain, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as sciatic based pain, treating rotator cuffs, and using treatments that include hot-stone, reflexology, sports, and deep-tissue massage.
Vue Spa & Salon soothes dorsal surfaces with services such as the customized massage, during which tension-excavating hands traipse over musculature, focusing on aches and pains unique to the client's daily stresses and proneness to wild-typewriter attacks. During the bamboo-fusion treatment, massage therapists augment Swedish strokes with wooden tools, rhythmically stroking backs with heated bamboo and rattan wands to melt away residual tension. The spa's soothing blue roomscape and draped windows lend privacy to the massage rooms, letting guests unwind or rehearse karaoke medleys in a serene space.
The doorway that welcomes visitors to WE Skincare and Wellness Center presage the luxurious experience every guest receives inside. Unlike many spas and health centers, WE specializes in corrective skin care and building a client relationship with the same aesthetician, who focuses on learning the client's skin type and promotes complete care for all complexions. Dedicated to beautifying treatments, the center pampers patrons with custom facials, wrinkle-erasing peels, and slimming body wraps that melt stress as well as inches, leaving guests feeling as good as they look.
Massage therapist Heather Barnhart discovered the healing properties of massage in 2007 after talking to friends who had recovered from injuries and surgeries with regular therapy. Heather quickly enrolled in courses, graduating at the top of her class and pulling in her certification in October of 2009. Now, at Advance Therapeutic Massage, she employs the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage to oust chronic pain, long flowing strokes of Swedish massage to usher guests into deep relaxation, and the strain-soothing maneuvers of prenatal massage to send babies a Morse code message about stopping it with all the kicking.
Studio 210 Salon founder Sohelia has more than 15 years of experience behind her, but still she shines the spotlight on her coworkers, gushing on the staff page about her salon's "house full of energetic and enthusiastic hair stylists." Her team of makeup artists bring with them their own distinctions, including Catherine, a former model and theatrical costume designer, and Casey, a makeup and hair department head for E! Entertainment. The entire beauty team, working in conjunction with massage expert Kim, devotes themselves to subtle, feature-flattering makeovers or aesthetic overhauls on par with Picasso's shift from his blue period to his burndt-sienna phase.