A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
When Barbara L. Baaden underwent what doctors said was life-altering eye surgery, she drew upon her skills in massage therapy, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, and aromatherapy to ease her discomfort. Now, when she's not applying her medical massage skills to fellow eye surgery patients, she uses those techniques to help heal clients at Body by Baaden. The licensed massage therapist incorporates homeopathic and essential oils into seven varieties of massage, including shiatsu and myofascial styles. She also enriches bodies with skin-soothing aromatherapies and her natural Flawless Facial, whose botanical oils help prevent wrinkles and brighten complexions more effectively than attaching a strobe light to your forehead. Barbara also ministers to inner wellness, stimulating bodies' healing responses during homeopathic sessions and plumbing the subconscious during hypnotherapy sessions that rid patients of addictions and phobias.
Revive’s talented team of licensed massage therapists calls upon extensive educational backgrounds and experience coddling muscles to soothe away each client’s stress and aches. Massage modalities target ailments from anxiety and depression to the injuries and stiff muscles that result from a battle with Medusa. Swedish massage's long, gliding strokes assuage pains inside and out, whereas deep-tissue massage's targeted pressures lift out knots. Anatomical menders also focus on holistic healing during reflexology visits, where pressure in the hands and feet travels through the body's interconnected pathways to help improve the health of organs. Myofascial release stretches out cramped soft tissue to take pressure off of nerves and blood vessels, and shiatsu massage targets pressure points to unclog the body's energy meridians in time for a roller derby or marathon of speed-reading.:
Since 2004, Gina Camaj's hairstyling skills have landed her hair and makeup gigs at weddings, photo shoots, and television programs. At Gina Camaj Salon and Spa, she and her team of fellow stylists use a full line of Paul Mitchell products for haircare appointments that range from trims and highlights to keratin treatments and eyelash extensions. While Gina oversees salon operations, the salon's co-owner, Karli Richardson, supervises the facility's spa. There, licensed aestheticians and massage therapists administer beautifying and relaxing treatments such as body scrubs, myofascial massages, and weight-loss mud wraps, which slim physiques more effectively than daily alligator-wrestling contests.
At Alternative Health Services Massage Therapy, massage therapists understand their clients' desires to escape life's daily doldrums and provide a relaxing space of total tranquility. The spa's menu features almost 10 different types of massage, including both therapeutic and energy-based treatments. Add-ons such as aromatherapy and reiki enhance massages in private treatment rooms, where licensed and experienced therapists trade in scripted massages for custom techniques, varied pressures, and a trashcan to throw away excess muscle knots.
Ambiance Salon and Day Spa evicts unwanted hair, styles the strands worth saving, and rejuvenates nails, all in a relaxing atmosphere. Update antiquated tresses with a haircut from a master stylist ($50) or single-process color crafted by a junior hue caster ($65), or coddle finger fangs and toe shingles with a manicure ($20) and pedicure ($52). Beauty seekers can also wax a variety of follicle-ridden areas, including eyebrows ($15), chins ($13), lips ($12), and marsupial pouches.
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