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.
The wellness professionals at Body Mind Spirit Natural Health Care work with the intention of boosting all three aspects of vitality. They rejuvenate bodies with massages, wraps, and acupuncture while calming the mind with soothing hand movements and reassuring pats on the back. They restore wholeness to the spirit by lavishing clients with undivided attention, whether enveloping clients in steam tents or performing fully customized facials.
Sara Manis created Beauty Essence as a one-stop shop for beauty services. From basic pedicures to spellbinding prom hairstyles, her salon strove to meet its clients' each and every whim. Not one to sit idly, she soon added 10 new stylists and nail technicians in order to let guests choose from a wider selection of experts. Today, the salon's range of specialties has expanded to include hairstyling and coloring, updos, manicures, spa pedicures, and waxing on a service menu complete enough to refine clients getting ready for either a night out on the town or a night at home sitting in a gold-plated La-Z-Boy.
Hemi Day Spa specializes in technologically enhanced treatments that address problem areas and signs of aging on both the face and body with little pain, side effects, or downtime. The trained staff mans a fleet of high-tech devices, such as the Derma Pod, which delivers exfoliating microdermabrasions; the Presojet, a set of inflatable bands that presses and decompresses around the body to purge toxins; and the Thermojet, which sends infrared light rays deep into bodies to speed up the body's metabolism of unwanted curves. The spa's services enhance natural beauty without a time-consuming recovery period or painful, invasive methods, such as liposuction surgery or peacock-feather transplants.
The board-certified physicians at Vida Medspa lend an expert touch to rejuvenating IPL and laser-skincare treatments. Within the homey spa environment—sheathed in hues of buttercream, cinnamon, and muted sage—skin savants wield state-of-the-art laser technology to reduce fine lines, even skin tone and texture, and discipline misbehaving leg veins with FDA-approved methods. Beam-free services include chemical peels, massages, and chess-strategy counseling.
The massage therapists at My Derma Clinic Day Spa help to massage away cellulite with the noninvasive radial shock-wave therapy of the Cellupulse system. Demonstrated on The Doctors television program, each 30- to 45-minute session deploys sound and pressure waves into the connective tissues that cause dimples to form on the arms, stomach, back of thighs, front of thighs, rear, and most golf balls. The FDA-approved procedure improves skin's appearance three-fold by increasing collagen production, restoring elasticity, and stimulating blood and lymph circulation. Customers who purchase multiple Groupons can opt to treat multiple areas in the same visit, and Groupon customers can purchase future treatments for the same price as the initial Groupon. Treatments typically yield optimal results after 6–12 sessions, with new skin smoothness usually sticking around for 6–12 months.
Licensed aesthetician Clara Martinez employs her 15 years of professional experience to expertly execute a wide range of body-beautifying spa treatments. Clara rejuvenates full bodies with an exfoliating triumvirate of treatments, including a healthful massage, tip-to-toe scrub with vitamins A and C, and a hydrating vitamin E brush. Finally, a midsection lymphatic wrap works with a presotheraphy machine to drain unwanted fluid and motor oil, leaving behind statuesque stretches of firm, youthful skin.