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.
Using light-based technology to enhance natural beauty may seem like science fiction, but at Elegant Image Day Spa, it's a reality. Here, powerful yet gentle laser beams target cellulite in LipoLaser treatments, smoothing undesired dimples with low-level energy and microscopic irons. Additional services harness laser light to remove blemishes including excess hair, wrinkles, tattoos, and spider veins.
Z Spa will go to many noninvasive ends to improve the bodies of its clients. The spa uses the FDA-approved cold-laser Zerona treatment to remove excess fat without surgery, liquefying adipose that can then be flushed out of the body naturally. Other treatments include Norvell spray tanning, laser hair removal, and skin tightening through infrared heat.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Whether you spend your days sport-hunting in the Outback or sitting in a cubicle, your spine is the only thing that separates you from the spineless and sentient alien black oil. Make sure you’re in good back health with a thorough examination from Jeff Johnson, D.C. The friendly doc will connect the dots from your headaches or hammertoes to your spinal alignment to determine overall health and wellness ($125 value). After the exam, a 50-minute massage ($55) helps boost energy, reduce stress, and release endorphins to give you the surge of vitality needed to tackle the weekly grocery shopping.