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. Helpful assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
With multiple locations in the greater Portland metro area and throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
The healing specialists at RoseSprings Center take aim at toxins, heavy metals, and other environmental nogoodniks, cleansing blemished bodies and strengthening immune systems with a trio of alternative-medicine treatments. Warm human hides during a half-hour recline on the amethyst bio-mat, a therapy aimed at assuaging musculoskeletal pain and enhancing circulation with its 17 layers of space-age materials. Designed to slide stress and stiffness from surfaces, each bio-mat session targets the amount of calories equivalent to 30 minutes of rowing, jogging, or kangaroo boxing. Once toasty, guests attempt to free tootsies from lingering contaminants with an NRG footbath, a medicinal soak combining bubbly surges of water with crud-busting bioelectrical currents. Maintain spritely steps with a finishing Zyto Compass nutritional analysis, which crunches computer-generated digital signatures to determine what vitamin supplements respond best to bodily systems and which ones will fall on your chi's deaf ears.
Stress isn’t allowed inside Tresor Day Spa. The spa’s staff bars the door against tensions with a panoply of pamperings, such as therapeutic massage, baobab footbaths, and mud body wraps that draw out toxins. Many of their services use Nu Skin products that are designed to undo aging. Galvanic facial and body treatments, which tighten and tone skin, are a particular specialty here, particularly because they minimize the appearance of cellulite, wrinkles, and imprints from crushing beer cans on your forehead.