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 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 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 licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
At Malibu Tan and Swimwear, a full-service tanning salon, bronzing artists gild pelts with the light mist of an FDA-approved airbrush tanning solution. During the session, an airbrush and compressor evenly spritzes clean dermises in a DHA solution, which mingles with the skin’s amino acids to form a butterscotch topping. Airbrush tans last about 5–10 days and fully develop within 4–6 hours. Postsession, customers should not shower, sweat, or dive for pearls for at least eight hours.
The saying "practice makes perfect" couldn't ring more true for nutritionist Sadhana Bahl, who spent 1,380 hours training to become a licensed paramedical aesthetician. The owner of Adonia Skin Wellness Spa works alongside aesthetician J. Brooke Thurmond, an advanced medical skincare specialist who also clocked 1,380 hours of training, in her quest to develop the skills necessary to treat and correct common skin disorders. Together, Team Adonia tackles everything from rosacea to enlarged pores using advanced aesthetic treatments and products from Image Skincare and PCA Skin. The spa's corrective facials are customized to each client?s skin type, and the signature Indian herb facial uses ayurvedic principles and ingredients such as turmeric, sandalwood, and aloe vera to balance the skin. Bahl and Thurmond also foster glowing complexions by exfoliating the epidermis with crystal or diamond microdermabrasion treatments or with LED light therapy, which uses blue light to kill bacteria and make acne feel so sad it leaves.
Sheer, wine-colored fabric dangles from the ceiling. Track lighting and box-shaped pendant lamps gently illuminate the taupe walls and blond wood floors. A statue of Buddha greets clients as they approach the reception counter. Together, all of these features help create a serene environment at ZenScape Nails Spa & Foot Retreat, which provides visitors with a brief escape from the hurried pace of everyday life.
Here, guests have the opportunity to pamper themselves with mani-pedi treatments that leave nails looking neat and trim or embellish them with unique, eye-catching designs. To round out the menu of spa and salon services, the staffers also apply eyelash extensions and perform hand and foot treatments that leave the skin feeling softer than a teddy bear stuffed with marshmallows.
GX Program keeps its weight-loss clients on track through daily interaction. After signing up and working with a physician to set goals and outline a nutrition program, each client is paired with a health counselor who counsels them daily on the phone, discussing health, eating habits, exercise, and stress levels. With this information, the counselor consults the GX Program's health experts to craft a personalized fitness regimen. Counselors educate their charges on effective workout techniques and healthy, easy-to-make meals that use common ingredients rather than kelps that only grow at the bottom of Mariana Trench, offering daily encouragement to lose pounds and keep them off.