Having begun as a single tanning shop in Greenville during the autumn of 1990, Ultratan has since blossomed into more than 70 locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia due to its popularity and commitment to quality service. Over the years, the collection of spas has accumulated numerous awards such as Best Tanning Salon from the Daily Gamecock for providing the best equipment in both tanning beds and spray-tan technology. As a member of the International Smart Tan Network, its commitment to safe tans also encompasses a passion for keeping their customers educated about responsible tanning routines and never tanning without a helmet.
A licensed massage therapist and the president of Studio Rejuvenate, Hunter Jones worked as a registered nurse for years before returning to school to learn the stress-melting techniques of massage. He calls upon his wealth of academic and medical experience to ease chronic pain and tension alongside a team of fellow therapists trained in various massage modalities, from the gentle strokes of Swedish to the firm taps of Morse-code lullabies. Hunter and his team also treat soreness or recurring pain with reflexology techniques that target pressure points and deep-tissue strokes that run against the grain of muscles to break up knots of tension. Regardless of the modality you choose, expect to receive expert tips on at-home exercises to help you to further manage pain.
When their own nimble fingers are not enough, Studio Rejuvenate’s massage therapists enhance the efficacy of their treatments with heated pebbles, soothing aromatherapy, and hot or cold therapy courtesy of Biofreeze products. They pride themselves on soothing backs and shoulders of all ages and even dispatch outcall services to those who prefer to remain at home.
Led by owner Gretchen Lampinen, Bella Bronze LLC’s aestheticians help clients get sun-kissed skin with tanning beds and airbrush tans. Monthly tan packages allow patrons to bask in the glow of unlimited visits to Super and Mega beds, which imbue skin with vitamin D packed neatly into beams of UV light much like multicolored fruit candy is neatly packed into rainbows. Skilled staffers also work to prettify frames with detoxifying body wraps and improve smiles with teeth-whitening services.
Zen Garden Spa's attentive appendage groomers lavish hands and feet during relaxing manicures and pedicures. Two-hour luxury spa mani-pedis soak hands and feet in warm waters before a brisk rubdown with sea salts sheds dead skin cells more effectively than hugging a rough tree. Aestheticians then trim and buff nails into pearlescent ovals before delicately brushing them with coats of protective, glossy polish. The addition of hot stones transforms the pedicure into a volcanically soothing experience—strategically positioned stones release the tension pent-up in weary foot muscles—and a dip in warm paraffin wax keeps fingers and toes pleasantly moisturized and allows them to double as candles in the event of a power outage.
Each year, skincare company Rhonda Allison sponsors a 90-day Face-Off Competition, which awards the aesthetician who makes the most drastic improvements on a patient's skin. In 2006, aesthetician Helene won first place by using a series of peels and Acculift facial-toning sessions. She employs those same award-winning techniques at her skincare studio, Youthful Solutions by Helene. Additionally, she offers facials, microphototherapy, and Pressotherapy, a cellulite-removal technique that was honed by printing-press inventor Johannes Gutenberg.
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.