Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydro massages and oxygen therapy to spray tanning and luminous facials, as well as Planet Beach's signature take on tantastic UV therapy. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Advanced spa services, such as hydro-derma fusion, sauna time, hydro massage ($40 per session), and luminous facials ($40 per session) provide opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis.
Led by massage therapist and colon hydrotherapist Kathleen Leslie, the natural-care practitioners at Pura Vida Wellness Spa specialize in pharmaceutical-free healing. Services include detoxifying therapies such as infrared-sauna sessions, several massage modalities, and the bentonite-clay body mask, in which the natural negative charge of clay draws out positively charged toxins such as metals or swallowed gum. Their bread-and-butter service, though, is colonic irrigation, which Leslie's team uses to treat numerous ailments, such as bloating, migraines, and insomnia. Their offerings also extend to yoga classes.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Registered nurse and Success by Design owner Sherri Morrison had always been frustrated with fad diets. Not only do they seldom work, they can also be dangerous. And after losing her father to a heart attack when he was 42, Sherri began streamlining her 27 years of medical and nutrition expertise to develop a program that eschews the catchall diets and wild promises of many popular programs. Sherri believes that her father, and many others like him, could prevent such tragedies and illnesses by taking control of their lifestyles and eating and exercise habits. This philosophy is the foundation upon which Success by Design stands, and Sherri, Dr. Tami Horner, and the team champion it by refusing to let patients fail in their endeavor to get healthy. As long as they have the drive to change their lives, the team will continue to motivate them and find solutions.
While the staff encourages clients to take action, Success by Design's spa, Spa by Design, offers better rewards for their effort and success than a perfectly exfoliated carrot at the end of a stick. Situated in a separate building from Success by Design, the spa invites guests to unwind amid environs decorated in warm browns and aqua blues, soundtracked by a soothing waterfall and scented with aromatherapy. Here, hot-stone massages melt tense muscles and signature anti-aging facials firm skin with enzymes, seaweed, and lift serum.
Genetix Program keeps its weight loss clients on track through daily phone coaching. After signing up and working with a physician to set goals and outline a nutrition program, each client is paired with a health coach who speaks with them daily on the phone, discussing health, eating habits, exercise, and stress levels. With this information, the coach consults with the Genetix Program's health experts to structure the best approach to each clients weight loss. Coaches educate their clients on effective weight loss techniques and healthy, easy-to-make meals that use common ingredients rather than kelps that only grow at the bottom of Mariana Trench, offering daily encouragement to lose pounds and keep them off.
Erin Sheehan-Edwards—the owner of A Renewed Spirit Massage and a licensed massage therapist herself—heads up a team of therapists that goes the extra mile to ensure customer comfort. The staff offers one-hour Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology massages as well as hydrating paraffin treatments for the hands, feet, and back that nourish skin and help it better relate to the bedside candle. Groups of four or more can enjoy blissful camaraderie with a fondue massage party, which pairs cheese or chocolate fondue with Swedish massages.