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.
Hand & Stone’s extensive list of spa offerings, including the facials and massages, realigns mind, body, and tagalong spirit. During a hot-stone massage, a friendly massage therapist strategically utilizes heated smooth river stones on your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature. The benefits of massage are numerous and include stress reduction, pain relief, and decreased chilly bloods. Hand & Stone’s signature facials are tailored to ameliorate existing skin conditions while rejuvenating expression-weary visages through deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction. With the three-month membership, you can experience high-quality pampering in all its refreshing forms at member prices, which can change the price of an eyebrow shaping from $20 to $15 or the price of an 80-minute massage from $99.95 to $59.95.
The cadre of hairstylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at M Salon and Spa presents a varied slate of beautifying and restorative services. Working from a palette of L'Oréal Professionel hair products, stylists snip strands, add color and highlights, and apply restorative treatments to repair damaged locks. Nail techs perform a suite of nail services, swathing fingertips with Shellac polish to leave appendage armor bright and chip-free—unlike the paint job on a golf cart—for up to a full fortnight. Massage therapists lift tension from backs and shoulders by rendering 90-minute Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, and waxing professionals lift unwanted hair from legs, brows, and lips.
Pleasure Paradise Salon and Spa’s cosseting confines challenge the common spa tendency to only cater to female patrons by doling out aesthetic services geared toward both genders. Seasoned hairstylists sculpt men’s and women's locks into stylish configurations that mirror trending fashions. Licensed therapists soothe tired muscles with six massage modalities, and facials infused with vitamins and botanicals cleanse skin of blotches stemming from naps in a box of temporary tattoos.
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A veteran team of technicians, aestheticians, and therapists delivers a wide range of services spanning the skeletal spectrum, from extremity-focused half-hour reflexology massages ($45) to 45-minute total body wraps ($45). For rejuvenating aesthetic enhancements, guests can indulge in manicures ($30), pedicures ($45), and paraffin dips ($8). Or wick away the follicles with waxing services for the brows ($15), full face ($25+), or bikini region ($35 and up). A complete list of services can be found on the Lavender's Day Spa website or in the 1894 Farmer's Almanac.