A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Automated 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.
Framed between two neon cacti, La Quesadilla Mexican Grill's imposing sign leads the way into a nexus of Mexican staples crafted from family recipes. Tortilla shells bundle meats, veggies, and seafood into tacos and burritos that share plate space with grilled 16-ounce T-bone steaks and chicken fillets. Glasses of house-made horchata and sangria, in addition to selections from their cantina drink menu, dot the casual eatery?s booths and tabletops, and 12 different desserts, such as deep-fried sopapillas dusted with cinnamon, cap off meals better than an edible mortar board.
Be Well Therapeutic Massage?s licensed massage therapist Cindy Contractor is a student of traditional Chinese medicine, reflexology, and Jin Shin Do. At her private wellness studio, Cindy offers more than 10 types of massages that target various audiences; prenatal services correct postural imbalances for expectant mothers whereas reiki stimulates the body's self-healing capacities for individuals with chronic pain. After muscles are kneaded into blissful repose, clients can treat stiff joints to the warmth of the infrared sauna, which may increase metabolism and eliminate the need for night-vision goggles.
At Salon Trisse', a team of stylists and aestheticians offer a variety of hair and beauty services. They adroitly snip the hairs of women, kids, and men, along with full or partial highlights, toner, perms, and extensions. They pamper fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures, offer airbrush and standard makeup application, and administer facials, chair massages, and hair-removal services.
Unlike your social security number, you can change your hair color. That's the view at Nina's Salon & Day Spa, where a skilled staff specializes in both corrective color services and the application of fresh, vibrant hues. They provide on-trend cuts, too, and can adjust tresses' texture with perms, relaxers, or keratin straightening treatments. Working below the hairline, the beauty experts soothe clients with facials and massages, and treat fingers to manicures with regular or chip-resistant shellac polish.