Village Health Clubs & Spas are one-stop shops for fitness training, spa services, and amenity-stuffed facilities. One month of access to their four locations allows visitors to use the Village fitness equipment, clean up in the available locker rooms, shoot hoops on basketball courts, swim in lap pools, and much more. The two-week guided fitness program kick-starts fitness routines long stymied by malaise, time constraints, and road-blocking donut holes; with the aid of a helpful Village staff member, you'll get started by figuring out precisely where your goals and interests lie on the muscle map. A nutrition warm-up will educate you in the ways of healthy food choices, and a 60-minute fitness intro with a certified personal trainer will get hearts pumping and tendons quivering. You'll also be introduced to the vast panoply of available cardio equipment and group yoga and Pilates classes. Finally, "adventure time" commences with a workout, hike, bike ride, or round of tennis, the sport most avidly followed by excitable canines.
The brainchild of board-certified women's reproductive surgeon Dr. Kearns and licensed aesthetician Sadie Anderson-Ranov, Club Medspa offers a variety of laser aesthetic and anti-aging techniques. Dr. Kearns performs each laser treatment himself, calling upon his experience in more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures and his role as a preceptor for Lumenis, in which he has trained thousands of medical professionals in the use of cutting-edge laser technology. Dr. Kearns uses his expertise—along with thorough consultations—during services such as laser hair reduction, fractional-laser resurfacing, and the revision of scars caused by acne or a dance partner with a wooden peg leg.
After starting out as a makeup artist and spa director, Anderson-Ranov became a skincare consultant. She and her current team combat fine lines and wrinkles with chemical peels, medical microdermabrasions, and Botox; patrons can even gather a group of friends for a dermal-fillers party with refreshments and music. The innovative crew has also developed a savings program, in which clients pay a monthly fee for access to a number of popular treatments and potentially significant savings.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Awakening Beauty Healing Spa's goal is to serve as an escape from the everyday. Visitors at this oasis relax into facials, which range from basic cleansing treatments to more intensive options, such as peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning. Along with makeup services, lash and brow tints give newly refreshed faces a bit of color. Body wraps, like burritos, leave people relaxed and happy.
A student of both anatomy and physiology, Mindy Neal boasts certificates in personal training, holistic health, and nutritional counseling in addition to massage therapy. Mindy draws upon her multi-faceted training to help clients overcome pain, tension, and stress. In addition to Swedish and deep-tissue massage, she also offers reflexology and craniosacral treatments, pregnancy massage, and sports massage for athletes who have incurred injuries while on the field or retrieving a lost frisbee from the neighbor's roof.
The Wicked Skin Med Spa beautifies visages with a range of skincare treatments. The spa's future-grade arsenal centers around lasers that can pull off anything from non-surgical lipo that not only sheds pounds but smooths cellulite to surface treatments that remove unwanted hair. Facials, alternatively, seek to soothe the skin by cleaning dirt and debris from pores, and eye lash extensions draw attention up to the eyes and away from the giant eye-beast that stalks your every move.