Joe Linn wanted things to change; after dealing with the stress of working in a kitchen for 17 years, he'd grown weary of the daily grind. While he pondered his next move, he continued pursuing one of his favorite hobbies: massage. It only took a few more amateur bodywork sessions for the light to go on. With skilled hands and a drive to learn more, Joe realized he could turn his pastime into a full-fledged livelihood. The pieces fell into place soon after. Joe enrolled in a formal massage training program, studying the nuances of Swedish massage. That was back in 2002. More than a decade later, Joe puts these lessons into practice as a licensed massage therapist, soothing aches and pains during mysofascial release, prenatal massage, and deep-tissue work.
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.
Though Maya's Massage Therapy’s team of licensed therapists is more than proficient in traditional treatments, such as hot-stone and pregnancy massage, its wheelhouse is therapeutic massage. The unusual massage modality pulls techniques from other styles, including deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massage. This allows the therapist to fully customize therapeutic massages to accommodate clients’ needs, trouble spots, and whether they have one head or two. Sessions can also be bolstered with therapeutic-grade essential oils, which are meant to enhance the healing properties of the massage while also pleasing the olfactory system and moisturizing skin.
Like a knife through butter, hairstylist Jenni Teague glides a razor and scissors across strands as she expertly trims and texturizes manes inside Muse Hairdressing, a salon featured on KRON 4’s Best of the Bay. Jenni applies 20 years of beauty-industry experience when transforming heads with highlights, lowlights, and single-process color treatments. Along the way, Jenni reaches for Kevin Murphy salon products, which blend renewable and sustainable components into strand-pampering formulas. Vegan or vegetarian product options also wait in the wings and inspire patrons to recite The Lorax immediately on contact with the hair.
The spa's private treatment rooms put guests at ease, with subtle décor and soft lighting that evokes the comforts of home. But it's the spa’s soothing treatments that really make a difference in clients’ wellbeing. Reflexologists aim to eviscerate tension by honing in on specific pressure points in the hands and feet. When the back needs attention, massage therapists use Swedish and deep-tissue massages to gently knudge knots into loosening.