Serenity's massages are doled out by Liz, a licensed massage therapist with more than 15 years of experience, which includes work with the Baltimore Ravens and as personal massage therapist to Nina Simone. The indelible sprinkling of celebrity on her capable palms and wonderknuckles is sure to provide untold benefits to other clients. Liz understands that performers and athletes continuously push physical boundaries and need massage therapy for tension relief, injury prevention, and the reversal of physical and mental fatigue.
Relaxation is the primary goal at Bear Paw Massage, where a skilled massage therapist pulls from a variety of techniques to soothe achy muscles. Light-to-medium pressured Swedish strokes and applications of heated stones gently ease tension, and concentrated, deep-tissue kneads unwind knotted muscles. Sessions take place in a tranquil blue room that boasts Asian scrolls and nature-inspired artwork.
Although a medical doctor and nursing staff oversees the treatments at Success Weight Loss & Medspa, the atmosphere feels nothing like a doctor’s office. Operating under the belief that medically based beautification shouldn’t involve stress or discomfort, the center’s team supplements services, such as custom facials, bikini waxing, and nonsurgical weight-loss treatments, with relaxing elements including shea butter cream and hot towels infused with essential oils.
But Success Weight Loss & Medspa’s services aren’t all towels and butter. For instance, professional-grade ingredients revive tired complexions during facials, glow peels, and rejuvenating eye treatments. While clients kick back and relax, those ingredients get busy retexturing skin, drawing out oils, and erasing dark spots shaped like bull’s eyes, which attract cream pies. Success Weight Loss & Medspa also offers services such as customized airbrush tanning and teeth whitening.
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.
At Florida Massage Group, no two massages are alike, because no two people are alike. Each session begins with a consultation, wherein a licensed massage therapist discusses the client's medical history, lifestyle, physical condition, and peanut butter preference. With this in mind, the therapist engineers a custom bodywork regimen with techniques ranging from light to medium relaxation strokes to firmer, deep-tissue pressure.
Located in the Bay Area Cosmetic Surgery Center, Sandy's Skin Rejuvenation Center provides nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that help rejuvenate the skin and prevent signs of aging. Licensed medical aesthetician Sandra leans on more than 10 years of experience in dermatology and plastic surgery to beautify clients with microdermabrasion treatments, peels, and facials. Meanwhile, glycolic-papaya masks close pores and brighten and rejuvenate skin.