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.
Serendipity Day Spa & Wellness Center finds inspiration for its massage, skincare, and energy therapies almost everywhere on earth. Its menu of Aveda services channels the wholesome properties of plant essences, and certain body treatments—such as the chocolate cake scrub and organic pumpkin body wrap—evoke delightful kitchen aromas. Like walruses painting a landscape, the spa's masks draw from the land and ocean simultaneously, incorporating clay and seaweed components that transfer vitamins to visages.
The staff applies deft kneads and skin-clearing solutions in a quiet environment to minimize stress. Though cell phone use is prohibited, packages and party options allow groups to socialize while on the receiving end of facials and waxing forays.
When you think of a chiropractor, you probably think of someone who pushes misaligned vertebrae back into place during spinal adjustments. Adjustments are a great way to fight pain, but they're not the only way. Escalon Chiropractic's doctor of chiropractic John Bystrom uses electrical muscle stimulation to help reduce swelling and release endorphins, microcurrent therapy to relax muscle spasms, cold-laser therapy to treat inflammation, and massage therapy to boost flexibility and untie muscle knots.
Since opening the studio in June 2008, Kara Crose has harnessed her powers as a licensed aesthetician to pamper guests with a range of results-driven skincare services. Surrounded by the earth-toned walls inside one of the private treatment rooms, patrons relax atop plush treatment tables as Kara carefully clears and refreshes skin with hair-snatching waxes and custom and specialty facials. Guests also frequent Kara's Skin Care Studio for stress-melting massages and hand-holding sessions, which can run anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.
Aspiring bodywork experts and budding natural-health practitioners hit the books at Holistic Life Institute, a training center focused on alternative paths to wellness. Within the institute’s Rejuvenation Spa, experienced professionals offer the same services the students are studying, such as aromatherapy, massage, and body wraps done with AP calculus handouts. Specialists on staff include certified massage therapists, energy workers, and weight-loss counselors.