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.
The relaxation experts at The Garden’s Day Spa fizzle stress with a range of massage techniques, soothing skincare services, and a Spanish garden featuring a waterfall-equipped spa. In a cottage with rooms decorated in European and tropical themes, staffers apply an herbal body mask to purify and nourish skin, leaving epidermises as refreshed as a robot in an electrical storm. The Swedish massage lengthens taut sinews and releases endorphins to promote relaxation, whereas a lymphatic massage targets toxins to bolster the immune system. Spa-goers then choose a facial mask to hydrate visages or a paraffin treatment to soften appendages with warm wax, leaving fingers ready to suavely tousle hair or perform marionette renditions of Sleepless in Seattle.
Visitors feel at home lounging in sleek styling chairs and along banks of hair-drying stations while Hairageous Salon and Day Spa's sizable team of beauty experts tend to their every whim. The simple exterior of the 20-year-old beauty emporium hides a bright, relaxing space where minimalist light fixtures create an elegant setting for an afternoon escape. Clients can find hair and nail services in the form of highlights and acrylic nails, or facial treatments that fight signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, or pores complaining about the way kids dress these days.
Each of the massage therapists at Cynergy Massage and Wellness Center has upwards of 750 hours of training to her credit. Their expertise is evident in their lengthy list of massage styles, which includes therapeutic, hot-stone, deep-tissue, orthopedic, and pregnancy massage, as well as myofascial release. Previously, they’ve used their handiwork to fizzle stress and mute such chronic symptoms as migraines, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and sciatica.
As an aesthetician at Hair Design by Cathy and Company, Natalia Lichtenberger works under the philosophy that it is best to take a safe and supportive approach to beauty in order to achieve healthy, radiant skin. So, when combating wrinkles, sun damage, and sagging skin, she employs advanced anti-aging treatments that she has selected due to their effectiveness and her own expertise with each treatment. She performs antioxidant-rich multivitamin facials that combine exfoliating and hydrating products to effectively slough-off dead skin cells and add moisture back into the skin, as well as microcurrent treatments that work at the dermal layer, stimulating collagen production to firm and brighten the complexion. And for clients suffering from acne or rosacea, she administers blue-LED light-therapy sessions that focus on eliminating acne-causing bacteria, reducing redness, and smoothing fine lines and stubborn wrinkles the dry cleaner couldn’t get out.
The stylists at Image Salon care about substance as well as style—specifically, the substance of the products they use. When they're conditioning hair or adding color, they reach for bottles filled with organic, all-natural, or vegan ingredients from brands such as Aquage, Thrix Natural Hair Care, and Sukesha; when they're prepping faces for a big day, they reach for MicaBeauty Cosmetics mineral makeup. The fun-loving staff also beautifies the body below the shoulders with pedicures in a cozy massage chair and waxing.