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 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.
Rischaria’s degrees in clinical massage therapy and personal training—alongside experience as a certified nursing assistant—have landed her positions in hospitals, oncology units, and care centers. And though she provides rehabilitation bodywork in the form of sports and deep-tissue massage, she’s equally adept at calming tension and eliciting feelings of relaxation with spa-like treatments such as Swedish and stone massages.
So at Massage in Savage by Rischaria, the body and the mind are treated equally and, dependent on the client and their needs, given their proper due with care and focused bodywork to dissipate both physical discomfort and emotional stress. Rischaria also offers hydrotherapy, which uses jets, mineral baths, and underwater massage to relieve physical symptoms, and prenatal massage, which eases the stress of randomly craving honey-dipped asparagus.
When surrounded by ethereal columns of gauzy white fabric, amber walls, and classical accents, it's impossible not to let go of stress. That's why Xcape is designed to look and feel the way it does, with massages and other spa treatments only adding to the relaxation fostered by the atmosphere. A through-line of uniqueness pervades all services. Massage parties cater to groups, colonics help dispel toxins, and a sauna awaits visitors who ache from the weight of snow on their shoulders.
Massage Xcape's massage therapists practice a variety of massage modalities: they're skilled at prenatal, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques, for example. But their main specialty is Swedish relaxation massages designed to put the body and mind at ease. Patrons can also add on pampering details such as hot towels or soothing aromatherapy scents, or unwind in the Lexington Avenue location's sauna. As an added convenience, the practice holds extended evening hours.