In 1964, the Carusos decided to start a spa. They wanted to open it in a century-old Victorian house, but the fixer-upper definitely needed a few renovations first. For a year, the Carusos used their evenings and weekends to fashion a spa atmosphere reminiscent of ancient Roman baths. Amid chandeliers, corinthian columns, and engravings of ancient Olympic potato-sack races, stylists craft haircuts and therapists soothe muscles in private treatment rooms. Though stylists use nationally renowned products from Dermalogica and Redken during treatments, they also use styling tools patented by the Carusos themselves.
Located right near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border, Devon Esthetique's skincare services are so customized they're not even listed on the website. That's because owner Devon Tucker-Kirk, whose own complexion has thrown her a few curveballs, knows firsthand how different everyone's skin is. Aestheticians analyze and diagnose skin types before consulting with clients to create a custom facial with medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products instead of leftover soy-sauce packets. Their aim differs slightly from the typical wellness center: aestheticians seek to provide results first and relaxation second, helping to send a clear message to acne and eczema. The earth-toned wellness studio also pops with colorful floral pillows, which cushion stainless steel, airless jet pedicure chairs as visitors have nails buffed and polished to a perfect sheen before accessing the complimentary healthy snack bar.
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.
A glowing complexion. A vivid new hair color. A set of neatly shaped eyebrows. The beauticians at La Paz Day Spa & Salon create all of these and much more at a welcoming studio highlighted by Aztec-inspired decor. Aestheticians perform nine different facials while stylists revive hair with color treatments and cuts. Inside La Paz's private treatment rooms, waxing technicians remove hair from the body, leaving skin smoother than a buttered saxophone.
Each staff member at Natural Wellness and Spa has personally experienced the benefits of massage, and seeks to demonstrate its soothing powers through diverse bodywork therapies and classes. Practitioners thoroughly investigate each patient's concerns before employing a particular, specialized approach, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, or Swedish massage. Students get hands-on practice in self-massage and aromatherapy during 90-minute classes, which prove easier than learning massage techniques through trial and error in a physics lab.
OhLaLa Massage owner Said Ait Alla, who has practiced massage therapy in several countries, leads his team of co-ed practitioners in the relaxing art of bodywork. Inside private treatment rooms with Moroccan-themed decor, his therapists employ the smooth, flowing strokes of Swedish massage, the more intense kneading of deep-tissue massage, or the healing techniques of shiatsu and myofascial release. They also administer body scrubs that exfoliate and cleanse skin, boosting circulation more quickly and safely than strapping a jet engine to a Ferris wheel.