The licensed massage therapists at Absolute Body Kneads know from research as well as firsthand experience that getting regular bodywork treatments can help people manage back pain, headaches, and other chronic ailments. During a session, they administer a medley of modalities that best address individual woes, whether that means soothing general soreness with a Swedish massage or untying sailor's hitches buried in soft tissue with a myofascial release. They also offer infrared-sauna sessions, which complement massages by aiding in detoxification and the body's energy expenditure.
The staff at Mediterranean Day Spa knows that true beauty comes from this inside, a notion they honor by providing therapeutic services to local military veterans and their families via Operation Oasis. Within the spa?s luxurious confines, both service members and civilians let their eyes drink in the soothing sights of nature-inspired artwork on natural walls before selecting from the spa?s eclectic service menu. Plush, leather pedicure chairs foster an array of invigorating foot treatments while private treatment rooms host massages, wraps, waxing, and body scrubs that reflect the tradition of Turkish hammams.
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 of 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 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 esthetician Belinda Fallon of Advanced Cosmetics frosts hides in UV- and paraben-free Fake Bake bronzer. During five-minute meetings with the airbrush, Fallon's steady hands mist glow-getters from toes to crown in an even coat of caramel shade selected to match each client's natural habitat in order to thwart hungry barn owls. Powered by botanical pigments, the gentle tanning solution hydrates and protects dermal layers without clogging pores or irritating sensitive skin. The formula dries into supple, glowing skin in 20 minutes without leaving behind telltale chemical smells, streaks, or artists’ signatures. With thorough exfoliation beforehand and proper care following each session, the new healthy hue can last five–seven days.
The stylists at Sebastian Hair Salon & Spa both trim and embellish hair, creating new looks with braids, weaves, dreadlocks, and extensions. They can also change the texture of any given 'do, adding curls with perms or straightening them out with relaxers. The full-service spot grooms nails, too?technicians paint fingers and toes with regular polish or shellac, which takes longer to chip and won't turn red when you're angry.
Frustrated with various diets and anti-aging solutions, Donna Hernandez, founder of Hey Gorgeous!, decided to seek out her own solutions. At the spa, she leads a team of licensed therapists and aestheticians who perform indulgent spa therapies including massages, facials, and body wraps. In addition, the Hey Gorgeous! team oversees whole-body vibration, full spectrum saunas with mPulse technology, and infrared-sauna sessions to stimulate sluggish metabolisms, as well as natural and holistic weight-loss treatments. Donna?s spa uses Sothys products, a company that started in Paris more than 60 years ago?when Napoleon finally relinquished his claim on all beauty companies.