Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
South Beach Tanning Company’s vibrant decor and high-powered tanning beds create a chic club atmosphere in which clients can perfect a South Beach tan suited for Miami’s white sand. Brightly colored lights illuminate open ceilings and purple, orange, and blue walls. The beach theme extends into each private room, where UV beds bronze clients’ skin, creating an appearance usually achieved by spending hours on sandy shores or spending three minutes wrestling the sun. Surround-sound systems play music as guests tan, while air conditioning keeps bodies pleasantly cool. The salon also houses automated VersaSpa spray-tanning booths for a UV-free alternative.
Kimberley Martins began her professional journey by training at Allied Health Institute. Then, she bolstered her skills by undergoing additional one-on-one training in muscle separation, a specialized form of neuromuscular therapy. And neuromuscular therapy is Kimberley's calling card. She uses the technique to relieve pain and aches and minimize the necessity of frequent future therapy or the urge to take baths in pain-relieving gel. Kimberley's expertise at neuromuscular massage was motivated in part by personal experience as a dancer, when she found the modality very helpful at aiding her in a prompt recovery from injury.
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.
Transform Age Management helps clients stuck in the middle of their aesthetic journey, providing cosmetic solutions that transcend the results possible with traditional skincare regimes, but stop short of surgery. Executive director and founder Sasha Parker draws upon 25 years of experience spent working as a nurse, assistant surgical administrator, and medical aesthetic trainer to helm a team of doctors and registered nurses who help clients look and feel their best. The collection of beauty services ranges from hydrafacials, peels, and age-fighting dermal fillers to laser therapies that can remove unwanted hair, tighten facial skin, or etch important dates into the brain. If one’s compass does point to the surgical route, clients can find direction from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. F. Leigh Phillips, who performs everything from abdominoplasty to full and partial face-lifts.
Lifestream Wellness Spa's certified staff compose beauty-bolstering numbers designed to restore weatherworn bodies to harmony, performing within a modern abode that paints a soundscape of new age and soft jazz music. Lure out tension and toxins from the muscles without mastering stress-knot mating calls during a 35-minute neck and back massage ($50), or pamper human paws with the 15-minute treat-the-feet package ($50), a sole-soothing rubdown that also includes an organic leg and foot scrub, hot towels, paraffin wax, and warm booties. Waxing services remove undesired follicular forests from protoplasmic acres, including the lip ($10), underarms ($25), and bikini area ($25). Lifestream also has a number of skin-sprucing body treatments and facials available for guest perusal.