At 8 feet long and 5 feet wide, the spacious i-sopod float tanks at Escape Your Body Float Center give clients plenty of room to stretch out during sessions. This extra space goes a long way toward simulating the feeling of floating in free space—a feeling assisted by total quiet and buoyant salt water that's warmed to the temperature of the skin. The deep relaxation of floating has been shown to help with injury recovery, reduced stress, and increased energy.
Helmed by a trio of chiropractic doctors, Global Health Chiropractic North takes a holistic approach to wellness with a range of therapeutic treatments for the mind and body. Certified in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as Japanese and auricular acupuncture, Dr. Lindsey tackles physical aches and emotional blockages with in-depth, one-on-one sessions. Clients share their medical histories and most recent knitting projects during an initial treatment exam before lying down for one 30-minute session, in which small needles painlessly prick the skin. Dr. Lindsey can also track progress over a series of three or six calm-inducing sessions and monitor the body's responsiveness to each appointment.
When Dr. Kevin McAlpin treats his patients’ aches, he searches for the cause of discomfort, so as to prevent any future pain. He puts spines back in order with manual adjustments and massage sessions and uses corrective exercise to help realign the skeletal system and surrounding muscles. Other preventative measures include lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling, and a reel of bubble wrap to encase your body.
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.
A sea of disembodied index fingers each curl downward on a board. Glittery metallic shades, neon shapes, and pink flowers cover their nails. This display is not an avant-garde sculpture, but a nail board that Om Threading, Nails and Spa uses to showcase the creative designs perfected by their nail technicians.
Pedicurists trim, file, and paint toes beneath a pool of lamplight. Their clients recline in ivory-colored pedi thrones as manicurists apply acrylic tips, CND Shellac, and intricate nail designs atop wooden tables. Across the salon, hairstylists chitchat while transforming 'dos with permanent hair-straightening treatments and extensions, which can be glued, sewn, or fused in. Threading—the ancient art of removing individual hairs with a cotton thread—is a specialty of Om's aestheticians, who also perform traditional waxing services and seven different facials to complement every skin type from acne-prone to transparent.
Stylist and aesthetician Ashley Hunt has carved out a corner for herself inside An Exclusive Salon by Tammy where she treats her clients to a menu of refreshing facials and salon services. Her skilled shears descend on overgrown locks and reshape them into chic looks for men, women, and children, and shellac manicures pamper and protect nails with durable shellac polish. Alternatively, bodies can prepare to bare themselves with waxing services and spray-tanning sessions.
Serenity Day Spa's staff pampers bodies, nurtures skin, and promotes relaxation with a variety of spa services. Licensed by the state of Texas and each independent contractors, massage therapists tailor massages to individual needs, adding firmer pressure to oust muscle soreness or rhythmic taps to get "Copacabana" unstuck from clients' heads. Along with massage, aesthetic specialists inspire a matching outer calm with facials, nailcare, and waxing.