Rustic wood floors, french doors, and calming white walls create a cozy atmosphere that complements T.A.R. Salon's roster of relaxing services. Skilled hands untie muscular knots during massage and bodywork sessions. During hair-related appointments, they'll clip fresh coifs from overgrown scalps, outdated 'dos, or over-powdered wigs. Nailcare and waxing round out the salon’s services, and patrons can opt to combine any number of treatments to usher in a full day of self-pampering.
The word "verde" means "green" in Spanish, and that's exactly what Verde Salon strives to be. The salon offers numerous eco-friendly beauty treatments, from formaldehyde-free nail polishes to skincare products formulated with organic and vegan ingredients. Even the space itself is green—it boasts low- or no-VOC paints and finishes, recycled wallpaper and bamboo flooring, and EnergyStar appliances.
Owner and head stylist Kevin Gatto runs the show here. The beauty guru has more than a decade of industry experience under his belt, including stints as an expert stylist on CBS- and NBC-Philadelphia, and a lifetime of shampooing his own hair. He and his team work hard to keep up with the always-changing salon industry, regularly participating in what Gatto calls "scissors-on" trainings to learn the latest styles and techniques.
Master-level certified in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, massage therapist Daniel Caruso customizes both Swedish and ashiatsu massages to suit individual clients' needs. Each session begins with a deep breath atop a lambskin-covered, heated table, cleansing the mind of stress and catchy TV theme songs as Caruso assesses for any particularly tense or troublesome muscle areas. During Swedish massages, hot stones, music, and aromatherapy help patrons relax as he blends trigger-point therapy with light- to medium-pressured strokes to reduce stress and promote circulation.
While the stylists at Affinity LLC gab with clients in either English or Italian, they shape hair into equally diverse styles through a variety of salon services. They use products including Pureology concoctions to carry out everything from blowouts and highlights. Along with changing up hairstyles before they fossilize and stay that way forever, Affinity's staff removes unwanted hair with facial wax and decorates nails with long-lasting OPI gel polish.
After earning his massage therapy certification from Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts, Damian Colella knew just where to go. A South Philadelphia native, Colella opened his practice where his roots were planted, knowing it was a “community that continues to grow and offer its residents culture [and] high-end services.”
In his hometown location, Colella releases tension with soothing massage techniques and rejuvenates countenances with hydrating facials. His massages work to improve circulation and restore vital energy that may have been lost during hours without a battery charger. His facials cleanse the skin and fight problems such as aging or acne. Dermalogica products infuse moisture into parched skin, and a skin-repair serum heals afflicted areas with lavender, essential oils, and invisible band-aids.
For more than 18 years, Paula Edge has explored the intricacies of physical therapy, chiropractic care, and yoga styles to develop a multi-discipline understanding of how the body works. At Calm Massage – Yoga and Reiki Studio, she collaborates with a staff of massage therapists, yogis, and certified fitness instructors to support the wellbeing of each individual client according to their needs. The team's soothing massage therapies range from the gliding Swedish strokes to the ancient art of Reiki, which aligns energy pathways to quell anxiety and help you beat Frogger. The wellness emporium also hosts a selection of specialized classes, which can demystify methods for mindful living, bolster flexibility with Kundalini yoga, and tone muscles with personal training.
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