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Everything about Embrace Massage Wellness's private suite facility screams relaxation. Or rather, whispers. From the warm-colored walls to the soothing sounds of ocean waves that flit through the air, Embrace was designed with serenity in mind. Massage therapist Roni Spillane doesn't take walk-ins. Her appointment-only scheduling ensures that her massages take place without the distraction of other guests, loud noises, or strobe lights that rolled away from a nightclub. In addition to massage, she pampers guests with bodily treatments and scrubs, specially designed spa packages for men, and facial- and eye-treatment add-ons.

1500 Kings Hwy N
Cherry Hill,
NJ
US

Petrissage: A Tension-Relieving Technique

Swedish massage's five basic movements yield a bounty of benefits. Find out more about the massage's kneading technique, petrissage, with Groupon?s introduction.

Kneading, rolling, and squeezing?this, in a few words, is petrissage, a type of Swedish massage technique that focuses on compression and release. Working in combination with Swedish massage's five other movements, these deep-reaching motions are designed to lift soft tissue away from its underlying structures, effectively stretching muscles and other soft tissues and promoting circulation so all your blood doesn?t pile up in your elbows. Specific maneuvers include kneading with the whole hand, using the thumbs to apply pressure to thinner tissue, and rolling skin between the fingers to prevent it from adhering to the fascia (that is, sheets of connective tissue) below and causing stiffness. Massage oil or cream is often used to help these strokes glide smoothly and avoid pinching the skin. Petrissage, like Swedish massage in general, often results in increased muscle mobility, improved peristaltic, or bowel, movement when performed on the abdomen and, of course, a sense of noodly relaxation.

4409 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Owner and lead therapist Vernell Alexander built AVA wellness to realize a dream she first had in massage school. Today, Alexander spends her days at AVA Wellness helping people feel better. The center recently moved locations and is now inside of SWEAT fitness. The new fitness center features an Asian-themed decorative style and is dimly lit by candles and salt rock lamps. Alexander specializes in massaging away injuries caused by demanding physical activities such as playing sports, dancing, or fleeing from Cujo in nightmares. She also has extensive training in reflexology and prenatal therapy, and has developed a line of antioxidant-rich body products that deeply hydrate the skin during spa packages.

350 south 15th Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Even though it's located within the busy Weston Fitness health club, Centered Lotus Bodyworks manages to feel a world away. With the sounds of the gym out of earshot, guests can escape and relax with the help of a licensed massage therapist, who can customize a course of treatment to suit their individual needs. That might include a deep-tissue massage enhanced with hot river stones, a sports massage to enhance flexibility and endurance, or even a couples massage for those who can't bear to be parted from their personal trainer. In addition to massage, Centered Lotus Bodyworks also offers private and group meditation classes for those who seek to soothe their mind as well as their body.

1835 Market Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Dmitriy Khelemskiy, a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist, of DK Acupuncture & Massage Therapy, PC allays bodily maladies with techniques that have existed for centuries. He and his staff practice acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicine, and massage therapy to help clients cope with a range of both emotional and physical ailments, from stress and depression to migraines, digestive issues, and back pain due to sleeping under your bed to outsmart the Boogeyman. Each of these noninvasive techniques rely on the body's self-healing properties, and over the course of multiple appointments, their effects are designed to help the body gradually restore balance.

10014 Sandmeyer Lane
Philadelphia,
PA
US

A certified massage therapist and a graduate of the Cortiva Institute at the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy, Jessica Coleman ably runs the show at Massage by JessicAdrianna. Her massage modalities include Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, mommy-to-be, and sports massage. Visit the studio's FAQ page for more info.

201 S Camac St
Philadelphia,
PA
US