At her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.
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, such as 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 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.
Spa Simple relaxes, refreshes, and renews faded faces with luxuriant spa services customized to each client's needs, skin type, and personal pampering preference. The 90-minute four-layer face-lift facial helps ease the signs of aging etched in by stress, environmental aggressors, and marathon Gary Busey impersonations. After the rejuvenating treatment, clients can soak in the spa's earthy hues, petite greenery, and country-chic décor as they prepare to reveal their newly smooth faces to the outside world. Though not included with today's Groupon, Spa Simple also offers informative skincare seminars and makeup application and selection lessons for an additional fee.
Mes Amis's experienced cosmetinauts and hairsplorers will work with you to craft a look that not only says "you" but says "hey, you beautiful thing, how you doing?" After your cut, salve the jealousy your feet must be feeling with a soothing pedicure. Soaked in silky emollients, your feet will drink deeply and then lie limply during their subsequent cuticle conditioning, exfoliation, and callus removal. Like any good Bollywood movie, there's a happy ending: a calf massage, nail polish, and a last-minute wedding.
Hilary Patzer, Jada Studios’ licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, establishes a healthy discourse between mind and body with preventive services that draw on her extensive knowledge of Eastern medicine. Hilary’s professional credentials include a certification from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, and she counts athletes from the Minnesota Twins and Vikings among her devoted client base despite her tendency to deflate their game balls during acupuncture treatments. Her full range of Eastern treatments includes food therapy, electrical stimulation, cupping, and tui na massage—all of which focus on stimulating energy flow and clearing out clogged meridians. Answers to frequently asked questions about Hilary’s techniques, as well as a host of client testimonials, can be viewed on Jada Studios’ website.
Certified hydrotherapist and Peaceful Waters owner Tammy Fischer is certified in a variety of natural therapies that can detoxify the body and lead to better overall health. She has handpicked the latest equipment and products to facilitate each client's visit, including the comfortably cushioned, gravity-fed Angel of Water colon-hydrotherapy system. Fischer applies nine different therapeutic-grade essential oils by Young Living during raindrop therapy, aiming to purge the spine and feet of bacteria and viruses. She employs a steam tent to draw out impurities from the skin and also uses the IonCleanse ionic bath, which is designed to detoxify the body via the feet. During the footbath, patrons relax in an iJoy robotic massage chair, which impersonates a human being and inspires joy just like Anderson Cooper.