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.
Licensed massage therapist Cournie Theriot, a New Orleans local, helms Total Body Massage, where she works to alleviate chronic pains and conditions with chiropractic services. Rather than focusing on merely treating symptoms, she strives to understand the root causes of issues such as allergies, headaches, seeing ghosts, and neck and back pain. To this end, she offers a variety of services, including a lineup of massages that include sports, Swedish, and warm-stone modalities.
The licensed therapists at Rejuv Massage Therapy Center mend weary muscles with a variety of healing modalities. A stress-mitigation specialist will first conduct a private consultation to get acquainted with your body's unique stresses and third-favorite jazzercise tape. Then, as a candlelit atmosphere incubates tranquility, the gentle strokes of the 80-minute Swedish/Relaxation massage melt away tensions and long-felt pains into a nontoxic pool of wax. The therapist complements the massage with a sugar scrub, which helps to exfoliate harried hands and frazzled feet. Alongside the main de-stressing procedures, pleasant aromatherapy from essential-oil fragrances soothes the mind's eye and nose and a hot-towel treatment helps to evaporate stress and determine the melting point of terrycloth.
While the styling bar at this trendy salon elicits friendly chatter from bridal parties, girly days out, and friends’ spa days, Studio One Style Bar’s blowouts aren’t just for special occasions. The professional treatment can also refresh hairdos between cuts, maintaining its frizz-free sleekness, bouncy curls, or to-scale model of a birdhouse for days after the session. Each of the salon’s signature Brazilian blowouts includes a massaging shampoo and styling in the design of choice, with optional makeup applications, facials, and lash services available to create a whole makeover. The salon also caters to male clientele, offering hairstyling treatments augmented with a hot shave and brow groomings. For clients who want to maintain their glow all year long, the salon offers yearly memberships that include a once-a-month styling.
Bare Spa pampers patrons with a broad array of relaxing and beautifying treatments. Melt stress out of achy muscles with the 30-minute spot massage, during which an experienced therapist's nimble fingers dance across carcasses to leave muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet. Aestheticians rejuvenate tired faces with the 30-minute spot facial, which focuses on the essential elements of visage renewal. The treatment cleanses faces of dirt and grime before a gentle exfoliation lifts away dead skin cells to reveal the resplendently young skin beneath. Extractions help purify pores, and a mask and moisturizer tone dermal surfaces. Eye gel reframes peepers, eliminating bags and circles, and sun protection shields delicate skin from harsh solar rays and the radioactive radiance of Europe’s mutant sun kings.
The knowledgeable staff at Vanity Skin & Beauty meets with guests for a pretan consultation to determine a suitable shade of bronze––from a delicate sun-kissed gold to a deep caramel patina––based upon individual tastes and skin tone. Pallid bodies and undercover zombies are then cloaked in the custom shade from head to toe in an even, streak-free application. The tanning salon also sells all manner of bodily bronzing agents from trusted brands, such as Fantasy Tan.
At Milan Hair and Body Salon, the receptionist is the first to greet clients—unless Bo is around. The presence of Bo, the salon's unofficial mascot dog, exemplifies the friendly, relaxed environment maintained by the salon's stylists. The stylists, some of whom have more than 30 years of experience, use Matrix and Rusk products during services that range from conditioning hair to coloring it so it can resemble the client's favorite Mondrian painting. Removed from the salon floor in a private treatment room, aesthetician Diane Ligi employs more than seven years of experience to deliver relaxing spa services accompanied by soothing music and aromatherapy.