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.
European glamour fuses with clinical expertise at Bella Derme Medical Aesthetic Center, home to medical-grade spa services. A laser-certified physician oversees treatments such as IPL photorejuvenation, which can reduce signs of rosacea and broken capillaries via light pulses that even skin tone more effectively than dipping oneself in wax. Alternatively, clients iron out wrinkles with the smoothing power of noninvasive dermal fillers such as Botox and Juvederm, and prettify visages with waxing treatments, facials, or exfoliating crystal-free dermabrasion.
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.
Marshall is a whiz with scissors. He uses them to create face-flattering haircuts and paper snowflakes for his clients. Inside Davidson-Taylor Salon & Day Spa, he works alongside other professionals that dole out facials, mani-pedis, body sugaring, and eyelash extensions.
Body Bliss Therapeutic Massage destresses tense bodies with a plethora of massage and aromatherapy-based services. Massage therapists wrangle dorsal extremities into peaceful coexistence during a one-hour therapeutic massage, designed to help increase circulation and ease tension with acupressure techniques and soothing strokes (a $60 value). Skilled palms stimulate lymph flow in the body, rendering fibers limber, joints flexible, and stress caches bankrupt. Clients then undergo a ped-pampering, including an aromatic lavender foot-cleanse followed by a peppermint-infused reflexology wrap (a $15 value). The toe-cosseting services leaves feet calm enough to dance across a path of hot coals without wincing.