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.
For a gentle, non-intrusive cleansing above the neck, try the ancient Egyptian practice of ear candling ($47). Ancient pyramid builders used them to remove earwax—as the Q-tip was still in its three-millennia R&D stage—and also to treat symptoms such as sinus pressure, allergies, and vertigo. Eminent physician Jessica Simpson, for example, uses them to update her Twitter feed.
I work with clients who are interested in improving their well-being and quality of life by working together with me to reduce pain, increase functionality, and/or balance vital energy. I believe every session is an opportunity to learn from each other about how we may create healing within ourselves.
A friendly local staff of professional aestheticians and makeup engineers invigorate visages in Make Me Up's intimate boutique setting. Lug in your mug and entrust it to one of the expert licensed specialists, who will wax away unwanted fuzz from your arches in quick and efficient fashion. You'll leave the premises with a noggin that feels expertly shaped and symmetrified, confident to field any prolonged streetcar stares or ace magnifying- glass-modeling tryouts. Call ahead to make an appointment.
From a mansion in the historic Magazine District, Duke Morgan, The Spa’s cosmetic custodians pamper overworked appendages and forward-facing façades with rejuvenating spa-and-salon treatments. Duke Morgan and his talented staff begin each session with a consultation, crafting treatments based on skin concerns, desired results, and favorite prime-time awards shows. Quick-dry Shellac gel manicures bless nails with an unmussable mirror finish and are paired with a soothing hand massage to leave digits deft and gesture-ready. Like nicknames and personal-size rain clouds, Dermologica facials choose their owners carefully, from a redefining contour-mask facial imbued with pore-shrinking potions to an age-reversing facial packed with potent vitamins and exfoliating hydroxy acids. Treat overclocked bods to an essential-oil massage, which sends messages of relaxation to the brain via aromatherapeutic scents while destressing tense tissues with energy-releasing acupressure.
The treatment begins with a hydrating soak, after which finger canopies and toe awnings are scrubbed, snipped, shaped, and shellacked by a trained technician. After daubing faces with a rich, hydrating mask, pamperists apply an organic sugar scrub to feet and hands, sloughing off sullied skin and swathing them in tropical aromas. Select between a soothing foot-and-leg massage or a hand-and-arm kneading that keeps upper limbs from spontaneously semaphoring obscenities. Open seven days a week, Spa Laje’s new location in the Avenue Plaza Resort entices indulgers to its relaxing, upscale environs with complimentary valet parking.