The eponymous rituals of Salon Rituals seem simple enough. Staff members speak with each client and assesses what defines them, from face shape and skin type to hair texture, sense of style, and dictionary of choice. Then they unleash their font of Aveda-backed knowledge to color hair, perform facials, or teach clients how to apply their own makeup for a flawless style.
Massage Haven's name is a bit deceiving. Though both locations make good on the haven part, neither limits its services to just massages. Inside the Peoria and Scottsdale retreats, expert staff oversee facials, waxes, and various other beauty-boosting treatments, including hand and foot scrubs. Still, due to their therapeutic and relaxing benefits, massages manage to rise to the top of the services list. The team—which includes more than 20 licensed therapists— is skilled in seven different types of massage, including Swedish, prenatal, and trigger point. And each session can be as short or as long as the patient needs; those looking for a quick pick-me-up can book a 30-minute express massage, while those looking for longer kneading or an inconspicuous place to nap can escape for a full two hours.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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 first glance, Empire Fitness's mission statement appears simple: "Abundant health is available to everyone." When you stop to consider the implications, though, the mantra takes on a new complexity. Recognizing that true wellness is a multifaceted concept, trainers offers whole-body services designed to work alone or in concert with one another. Their fitness classes' diverse workouts accommodate small or large groups, and their personal training sessions' one-on-one attention preps athletes for competition.
While these training regimens often grab the spotlight, the center's commitment to healthy living doesn't stop once the last rep is complete. Nutritional counseling targets health's dietary components, and massages performed by certified therapists increase mobility and circulation with a series of expert kneads. Many clients opt to combine these services into custom packages, while others blueprint their own journeys. No matter what form their wellness journeys take, clients work toward their goals in a safe, friendly workout environment designed to let bodies "relax and repair."
Vitality Medical's staff of Doctors and Nurse Practitioners help to reveal shapely figures with weight-loss programs and body-contouring treatments. Specialists listen with an understanding ear as they steer patients onto the proper treatment path, answer questions, and keep tabs on their progress. As the med spa's marquee treatment, the HCG weight-loss program revolves around injections of an all-natural fat-burning solution that seeks to fire up the metabolism, combating unwanted adipose with a combination of vitamins and microscopic trebuchets. Vein therapy, VelaShape body contouring, and laser hair-removal treatments perfect the skin that covered former curves as Botox and FotoFacial treatments forge more youthful complexions.
The staffers at Absolutely Chic Day Spa believe in flower power. Their flower-essence treatment, which can be tacked onto any of their other services, begins with a sip of flower-infused water, incorporates plant-based serums, and ends with a piece of dark chocolate that?s also infused with blossoms. The treatment is designed to add an extra dose of calm to the spa?s specialty treatments, which include therapeutic massages, custom facials, acne treatments, and anti-aging skincare?such as bubble baths in which the bubbles are from gum. They also use LED lights to stimulate cell renewal and possibly impart younger-looking skin. And they operate therapeutic cold lasers to soothe inflamed muscles.