A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
It's easy to see that Sherry Summers-Ball is passionate about the human body. She has traveled throughout Texas training doctors, clinicians, and therapists in Endermologie; and she has advanced knowledge on post-surgery healing. She now runs Body BeneFits, which has received many accolades in Living Magazine's Best of The Woodlands, including best spa, med spa, facials, tanning, waxing, and massage.
Under Sherry's guidance a team of aestheticians, massage therapists, and medical professionals beautify bodies with time-tested and cutting-edge treatments. An array of body wraps, such as the Sudatonic infrared Detox wrap, help to smooth and soften the skin, whereas Endermologie treatments help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Clients can also receive services such as skin tightening, IPL, and laser hair removal. And just walking into Body BeneFits itself can help clients relax—an orchid blossoms inside the lobby, which soothes eyes with neutral tones and cradles bodies on a giant sectional sofa.
At BODYanew MedSpa Texas, beauty specialists enhance appearances with laser technology, using the concentrated light for various purposes from hair removal to weight-loss management. Prior to any laser treatment, a technician determines the client's aesthetic goals, drawing up a personalized plan of action. Laser light works quickly and is noninvasive, allowing patients to achieve results with little to no downtime. Under the unblinking eye of laser light, waistlines slenderize, skin rejuvenates, and questionable tattoos of a beloved lamp are temporarily blinded. Recently, the company added hydrafacials to its menu of services. Hydrafacials mimic the action of microdermabrasion, but go beyond resurfacing skin to moisturize and nourish it.
Woodlands Integrative Medicine Associates' certified medical staff helps to contour and fine-tune physiques through comprehensive health care. Since opening in 2004, the center has tightened and toned bodies through cellulite-reducing Endermologie and VelaShape II treatments approved by the FDA. The center also helps to relieve chronic pain by realigning clients' energy with acupuncture or correcting posture with chiropractic care that follows the Lordex system. Developed after 15 years of research, the Lordex system targets lumbar muscles by placing the spinal joint in traction and gently decompressing nerves and disks in the lower back, allowing an increase of circulation to the aching areas and back tattoos.
On the surface, Anew MediSpa looks like an upscale spa, with a homey waiting room decked out in hardwood furniture and sunny yellow paint. The services fit the bill, too: traditional facials, waxing, and massage therapy among them. However, the center boasts a medical director, Dr. Ashley Chin, who personally administers all injections of Botox and Juvéderm. It's her medical expertise, paired with the center's state-of-the-art technology, that gives Anew its edge.
Dr. Chin oversees the safety of the med spa's laser treatments, which include hair and spider-vein removal, skin tightening, photofacials, and acne treatments. Despite the reliance on technology, Dr. Chin and her team of aestheticians are personally invested in each treatment, maintaining a professional-and-inviting atmosphere that makes clients feel at ease.
The technicians at The Body Sculpt Xpress specialize in ultrasound-cavitation body sculpting, a noninvasive technique that?s popular in Europe and Australia. Rising to fame in the United States, the treatment, featured on the Dr. Oz show, uses ultrasound waves to break down fat cells, whose contents are them removed from the body through natural metabolic processes. The techs customize treatments based on the thickness of fat and its distribution throughout the body. Their other services include massage therapy, vibration therapy, which causes a body to burn fat while standing still, and radio-frequency skin tightening.