Licensed massage therapist Sarah Lima is passionate about helping people to relax and heal using the power of massage. At her homestyle studio, she offers a range of massage modalities to help de-stress clients and improve circulation in the body. Come in for a soothing Swedish massage, which uses various techniques and light pressure for maximum relaxation, or relish a muscle-melting deep-tissue massage, which reaches deep to target specific trouble spots. Sarah's list of services also includes lymphatic-drainage, prenatal, athletic, reflexology, and trigger-point massage.
Ellen Ehrlich's 30-minute Clinical Facial incorporates cleansing and a milia removal, leaving skin with that warm, just-lit glow ($70). The Clinical Facial Deluxe ($90) offers the same features of the Clinical Facial, but adds a specialized mask treatment into the mix. A wheatgrass and sage purifying mask sooths blemished skin and renews the balance of oils, calming a stormy face-sea. Sufferers of parched pores can indulge in the Norwegian blueberry and honey mask to restore moisture and Valhallan luminescence. To combat the effects of aging brought on by J.J. Abrams plots, consult one of the medical aestheticians to determine which peel is right for your skin. Available in 30% ($70) or 70% ($80) varieties, the glycolic-acid peel reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens out skin tone, stimulates collagen production, and makes your face shine like Ken Jennings at trivia night. Other areas of treatment include neck, arms, décolleté, back, and legs.
Under the direction of a cadre of board-certified dermatologists, the body-coddlers of Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa lavish clients with skincare, face treatments, and beauty treatments. Facials eschew one-size-fits-all philosophies and can be customized to include anti-aging modalities, acne-fighting formulas, or the precise care required by detachable robot heads. A back facial stimulates circulation as it sloughs away dead skin, milia, and blackheads to improve health and appearance. The one-hour Swedish massage can relieve stress and tension with long, broad strokes. Voted the No. 1 provider of dermatology and skincare services by Best of The Main Line 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 in The Main Line Media News, Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa provides medically backed beauty solutions in a soothing environment, where patients can forget the cares of modern urban life, such as losing car keys in the mouth of a whale.
Silver Apple Medical Spa uses nonsurgical treatments to help patients look younger and feel more beautiful. The medical staff wield lasers to remove everything from unwanted hair, to spider and varicose veins to tiny supervillains lodged deep inside pores. They also use them when trying to even out skin texture and remove scars. When they’re not harnessing laser power, the staff administer other skin-smoothing procedures—such as microdermabrasion—and they also design skincare regimens for patients to use at home.
At Rejuve Nail & Skin Day Spa, the technicians, aestheticians, and massage therapists work together to pool their expertise and offer head-to-toe pampering. Oversized black pedicure chairs stand in a row as guests kick back and a technician tops their toes in vibrant polish colors. Customers can also opt for hot-stone massages, which help melt away tension in muscles after playing catch with a stockless anchor, and a pumpkin exfoliating facial that helps refresh skin.
At reYou Massage, therapists specialize in a handful of massage styles that aim to undermine bodily aches. The staff pulls from a repertoire that includes massage modalities such as Swedish, medical, deep-tissue, and Esalen—a soothing modality featuring long, slow strokes that can travel the body's full length—to blast through tension faster than a house of cards divided against itself falls. After a session of up to two hours, many clients note a heightened sense of relaxation, a boost in circulation, and a greater range of motion, which in turn improves the believability of their windmill impressions.
The chiropractor behind 4700 Chiropractric & Rosetree Wellness Center, Dr. Pete Sottile, treats a variety of conditions, from headaches to back pain and whiplash from auto accident. But no matter what he's treating, he always tends to the central hub of the nervous system, the spine. The idea is to fix the root cause of these ailments, the same way staying up all night fixes the root cause of snoring.
Dr. Sottile doesn't do it alone; other specialists help too. A licensed nutritionist, for example, helps visitors revamp their diets, and an acupuncturist aids energy flow through the body by inserting thin, hair-like needles. The clinic's new fitness classes, meanwhile, boost flexibility and endurance with yoga, Pilates, and three types of Zumba.