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.
Dr. Tamyra Rogers could not have predicted how spending time on a Navajo reservation would shape her multifaceted approach to weight loss. After spending a year as chief resident at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Rogers directed the metabolic clinic at the Tuba City Indian Medical Center in Arizona. She helped build a wellness center for the Navajo Nation and chaired a program to fight the growing diabetes epidemic. During her time there, she gained an appreciation of the community's holistic health-care philosophy.
Today, Dr. Rogers combines her background in traditional Western medicine with weight-loss strategies that address each person as a whole rather than two children in disguise. Dr. Rogers's team of personal trainers and group fitness instructors complement her own fitness knowledge, which stems from playing college basketball.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Encanto Mexican Cuisine offers an extensive menu of authentic Mexican dishes made with modern culinary methods. In addition to a revamped list of food and drink, the restaurant also boasts renovated dining room, bar, and patio areas. Diners can start with appetizers such as the lime-marinated mahi-mahi ceviche and drinks from the cocktail list, featuring more than 30 kinds of tequila. Signature dishes include tacos al pastor, certified Angus beef fajitas, and Mexican milanesa?lightly breaded chicken breast served with avocado slices. Encanto Mexican Cuisine also provides live entertainment on weekends and offers party rooms and catering services.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Driven by a passion for keeping cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, and boats spotless, The Dream Jet Wash’s technicians revitalize cars with attentive hands and detailing acumen second only to their innate ability to understand what cars are really thinking when the Check Engine light goes on. They show an attention to detail as they complete all washing, waxing, and polishing services by hand, buffing both exteriors and interiors dry with hand towels to soothe even the most sensitive chassis. When not sloughing off regular roadway grime from paint jobs, wheel wells, and tires, staffers also remove vehicle wraps and decals and restore headlights to their original shine.