A tablespoon of honey, chopped and pressed vegetables, and a pinch of salt: it?s not the recipe for a summer salad, but for Luna Skin Care and Spa?s customized organic body treatments. Within the confines of their small and personable salon, the treatments mix raw, organic ingredients while the client waits, ensuring maximum freshness and a blend that caters to favorite fragrances and personal skincare needs. The spa?s owner Marianela Arauco, a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician for over 15 years, specializes in a variety of massages, including shiatsu, Japanese acupressure, and reflexology. Her hands sweep over skin, helping to treat issues such as chronic anxiety, muscle tension, or the inability to remove cruel signs taped onto one?s back by guidance counselors.
Lured in by her love of fashion, Hair Studio and Spa's cofounder, Zobeida Parra, left her job managing educational services for the more fulfilling call of salon life. She surrounds herself with experienced hairstylists and aestheticians who beautify visitors during salon and spa services, including hair coloring, keratin treatments, facials, waxing, and nailcare. Salon transformations unfold under the track lighting of Parra’s studio, where stylists work at stations outfitted with tall mirrors enclosed by the dark wood frames of Paul Bunyan's old eyeglasses.
The formidable skincare boutique at B-True Organics has a lot in common with the produce section of a grocery store. Products are crafted with botanicals such as fennel, grapefruit, and mango?and they're almost pure enough to eat. The pH-balanced shampoos, body lotions, and eye shadows contain no harsh chemicals and have never been tested on animals or particularly hairy coconuts. In addition to their in-house line of products, B-True Organics carries brands such as Dr. Bronner's, ilike, and SpaRitual. B-True's respectable menu of spa services lets customers put its products to the test in private treatment rooms as they receive organic facials or massages that employ Hawaiian and Balinese techniques.
Drawing from the boutique's selection of natural, chemical-free skincare products, the aestheticians on staff provide skincare services that address a number of complexion maladies. Skin experts also work closely with clients who are battling acne, offering a six-week program that incorporates products and visits to the boutique to manage problem skin and keep blemishes at bay.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Here's what you'll find in a private treatment room at Callisto Therapeutic Spa: A skilled aesthetician or massage therapist. A heated table. Matte, dark walls that spin a cocoon-like effect. Hot towels. An automated essential oil diffuser, quietly emitting puffs of fragrant steam. Complimentary herbal tea and infused water, scooped from the spa's drinkable moat. And on the ceiling directly above that heated table, two parallel bars suspended from the ceiling.
What are the bars for? During ashiatsu massages, they help the therapist keep her balance as she walks on the client's back. There are plenty of less intensive massage therapies on duty. Clients can commission craniosacral, reflexology, or thermal palms, an alternative to hot stones and prenatal massage; each is customized to address specific ailments and pain points. Facials, meanwhile, include microdermabrasion treatments and skin analyzation. Despite the service menu's diversity, each treatment is conducted with a focus on total relaxation.