At Skin Confidence, founder and licensed medical aesthetician Kat Johnson creates beautiful complexions through a combination of specialty treatments and deep relaxation. She performs each facial and skin peel with Rhonda Allison products, which replace dyes and artificial fragrances with aromatic essential oils and plant extracts. But Kat does more to boost clients’ moods than simply closing all of their pores one by one; she also helps them unload stress with reiki massage and triggers the body’s detoxification process with reflexology techniques.
Having worked a desk job for five years, licensed massage therapist Gina Manley is familiar with the aches involved with sitting all day in a stiff chair. That was one of the reasons she left the corporate world to become a massage therapist. But those five years weren't in vain; it was an experience that taught her that massages aren't just for wealthy people who are sore from swimming in their champagne-filled swimming pools. Rather, massages are a legitimate tool for promoting better health. She demonstrates this belief with her specialty Swedish and hot stone massages, designed to help achieve health benefits that range from boosting circulation to squeezing out toxins.
A pregnancy or postpartum massage remedies the tensions that come with pregnancy through a bevy of benefits. Blood pressure and aching backs decrease while spirits and relaxation increase. A team of fully licensed massage therapists is adept at treating the fragile state of a woman during gestation. They'll use their years of experience to carefully knead out negative nancies that have lodged themselves into crooks and connective tissues. Each massage is personalized depending on the trimester and specific ailments of the maiden in distress. The same tender care is given to non-pregnant females and males who opt for the therapeutic massage. Using methodical and deliberate hand gestures, worries and hardships will quickly become desert rain.
Bliss Massage Company was founded by two friends with a shared vision: to create an organic, eco-friendly business that would help people relax their bodies and free their minds. Holistic treatments—which include hot-stone massages, skin-clarifying facials, and detoxifying body wraps—begin with a calming ritual to induce tranquility and inner reflection. Once finished, each service also ends with an awakening ritual designed to stimulate awareness through the use of essential oils and a surprise fire drill. Beyond the blissful scalp massages and exfoliating scrubs, the staff also offers life-coaching sessions and counseling services that provide a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere for those facing roadblocks in their personal or professional lives.
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.