1604 Day Spa and Salon’s staff of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians fight the effects of stress and aging with nourishing facials and relaxing messages. In a warm, private room, back pain succumbs to the healing hands of a skilled masseuse who either soothes away stress with Swedish massage or employs deep-tissue techniques to evict hunkered-down strains more quickly than a long and drawn-out civil suit. Alternatively, seasoned aestheticians tailor an Aveda Elemental Nature facial to fit the client’s skin type, pore-ailments, and full-body bear suit, freshening and smoothing faces with naturally derived Aveda products.
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 spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
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.
During the signature mani-pedi, one of Simply Nails' experienced technicians files nail edges before trimming and cleaning unruly cuticles. OPI polish in the customer's chosen color spills onto keratin canvases before a 7-minute foot massage eases paws' stresses from outrunning cartoon coyotes. The deluxe mani-pedi bestows the aforementioned nail trimming, cleaning, and coloring as well as a skin-nourishing foot mask, infusing human hooves with nutrients that replace toxins evicted by the deluxe's extended 15-minute foot massage. Finally, a hot-stone massage warms troublesome areas, ripening them to optimal kneadability for a muscle-mending massage therapist or near-perfect Stretch Armstrong impersonations.
Cindy Davis, owner of The Difference Hair Salon, draws on 20 years of experience as she shapes 'dos and leads a small but seasoned staff of two stylists. Cindy's salon has been churning out flattering coiffures since 2004 with cuts, color, highlights, and perms. Her staff also beautifies façades with tanning, waxing, and facials. When they aren't renovating visages, they help clients stay healthy by massaging stressed sinews with cauliflower florets.
Éminence organic skin serums and aromatic massage oils hydrate skin as massage therapists work out knots at Stellar Spa Services, where the healing properties of pampering are celebrated. Heated massage tables warm musculature during the Swedish massage, as hands trace spice-trade routes across spines. Kneading and taps punctuate flowing strokes, loosening tight muscles and kick-starting circulation. Alternatively, aestheticians can revamp visages with an express skin therapy facial, which cleanses and hydrates skin while loosening the muscles in the face and neck. The calm skin facial dulls the consequences of kissing pet crabs with chamomile and arnica. Dreamy music and flickering candles induce serenity as patrons sip elixirs from the complimentary tea bar.
Amid powder-blue walls, skilled nail technicians indulge attention-starved talons with a 90-minute Ultimate spa mani-pedi. As hot steam towels swaddle weary gams, hands and feet lazily marinate in a bubbling aromatherapy soak. The invigorating fervor of a foot scrub helps feet to shed dead cells and outgrown python skins, and warming lotions and oils soften cuticles in preparation for claw renovation. After Nelci’s skilled digits file down fingernails and toe tips, she coats keratin in a colored polish of the patron’s choice. The pamper-a-thon also includes a massage of the hands, feet, and legs to encourage tense tensomes to relax and calf muscles to melt like the hearts of sentimental wax statues.