A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Although Kharma Spa & Boutique adopts classical as well as contemporary approaches to cosmetic care, every service has a common goal: giving clients a brief break from the world and allowing them to relax and recharge before returning. In this vein, the straightforward filing and polishing of mani-pedi treatments can be accentuated with everything from soothing paraffin dips to exfoliating sugar scrubs. Although massage therapists pamper clients with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone modalities, the aestheticians also perform brief massages for the neck and shoulders as they moisturize and cleanse skin.
For a more modern approach to spa care, the staff also uses a technological arsenal that includes UV-free VersaSpa spray-tan booths, a relaxing rock-steam shower, anti-aging LED light systems, and antioxidant HydraFacial serums. The spa’s separate boutique section encourages clients to linger afterward and peruse the selection of designer handbags, Youngblood mineral cosmetics, Dermalogica skincare products, and bobbleheads of the inventor of the cotton ball.
As both a doctor and an athlete, Robert Shapiro has worked for years to understand how the two fields connect. Recently certified as a chiropractic sports practitioner, the doctor enjoys practicing muay thai kickboxing and cycling in his spare time, and he was active in judo competitions, Brazilian jujitsu tournaments, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle auditions. After attending both Logan College of Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic, Shapiro participated in a long list of postgraduate trainings, ranging from restorative endocrinology to Russian kettlebell rehab. He draws on both sides of his experience to guide the staff at Health Source Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab of Stockton, where they combine massage therapy, rehabilitation, and chiropractic care to help their clients get healthy and stay that way.
Behind the verdant palm fronds painted onto Tropical Island Tan’s front windows, three levels of UV beds and trained tanning technicians stand ready to impart skin with a summery hue. The staff loads up airbrushes with an aloe-based Swoosh Sunless tanning solution, then coats bodies in two layers of the spray to ensure full, long-lasting coverage in the face of swimming, showering, or napping in a fountain. Outside the private-tanning rooms, the staff displays Designer Skin, OC, and body butter products and helps tanners select the best regimen for their skin type and desired bronzing level.
As part of the all-female team at Hands on Healing, Savannah is a licensed aesthetician passionate about both skincare and waxing. She performs basic and signature facials, as well as advanced treatments such as an O2 lift treatment that refreshes skin with oxygen and plant-derived stem cells. Lorrie, too, is an aesthetician, but also a certified massage therapist and reiki practitioner who administers Hands On's signature wellness massages that can integrate up to seven modalities in a single session. She also specializes in prenatal massage, putting expectant mothers at ease almost as much as a baby who just gets emailed out of the womb.
When Glo Tanning Salon and Boutique's trained technicians aren't helping guests into one of their high-pressured tanning apparatuses or bronzing them by hand using a custom-blended airbrush solution that dries in three hours, they're stocking an onsite boutique with designer clothes and purses. Their expertise extends beyond tanning and retail, though; they also aim to help guests reach their weight-loss goals and smooth away cellulite using FIT infrared body wraps. To round out the service menu, they join forces with a hairstylist who stands by to shape unruly manes and thwart split ends' evil plot to take over the head.