The certified reflexologists and licensed massage therapists at Body & Sole Reflexology and Spa want each of their treatments to evoke the relaxing sensations of a seaside vacation. They seem to have taken this idea and ran with it, decorating each of their spa?s rooms with tokens that recall a distinct tropical locale. From the Tahiti room?s wall-length mural of an island sunset to the South Pacific suite?s two plush beds?each outfitted with an inflatable lifejacket?not a single element spoils the impression of an exotic getaway.
The staff?s dedication to this theme mirrors their dedication to soothing clients? stresses with reflexology, massage therapy, and other relaxing body treatments. A science-based therapy that focuses on energy pathways in the feet, hands, ears, and face, reflexology manipulates these reflex points to improve circulation and help the body recover from physical and emotional stresses. A wealth of massage techniques?ranging from the long, gentle strokes of Swedish to the moisturizing essential oils of aromatherapy?similarly reduce stress and set muscles on the path to recovery. Though treatments tend to be designated to particular rooms, the communal Lava Lounge stays open to all guests, who can admire its glowing collection of custom jewelry and kick back on couches stuffed with pillowy volcanic ash.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.
Not everyone likes the idea of having their back popped. The doctors at East Earl Chiropractic help patients cope with this oft-essential step by offering optional light anesthesia before adjustments to help relax both muscles and jitters. The doctors then ply their healing trade using noninvasive spinal manipulation, decompression, and massage.
For nearly 30 years, we’ve taken pride in our personalized approach to helping Lancaster Countians reach their fitness goals. From group classes to one-on-one training with a Certified Fitness Instructor to working out on your own, we’re here to help. Group classes and childcare included with your monthly membership.
The Athletic Club of York, co-owned by a national collegiate-racquetball champion and an AFAA certified personal trainer, ensures a friendly, laid-back atmosphere with a down-to-earth staff that strives to remember each visitor by name. The 26,000-square-foot gym unfurls enough elbow space for exercisers to wrestle with strength and cardio equipment before overcoming post-workout soreness with services such as massage therapy. The gym's communal vibe also fosters the positive tone of group fitness classes, during which feet master Zumba steps or kickboxing strikes in an aerobic studio. Guests can plunge into the indoor lap pool for self-guided strokes, aquatic programs, or swimming lessons, while children break down and rapidly reassemble slingshots at a Kidz Fit Club boot camp.
Downingtown Nutrition & Weight Management Center’s founder and dietitian, Jennifer Barr, empowers clients to improve personal-health knowledge and exercise know-how with precise metabolic-testing and body-fat analyses. The body-fat analysis assesses fatty-tissue percentage based on height, current weight, and average hours spent eating sticks of butter. Next, metabolic levels are charted with a MedGem scanner, an FDA-cleared medical device that rates resting oxygen-consumption levels to decipher one's resting metabolic rate and thus determine one’s caloric needs. This is used in conjunction with the body-fat analysis to draft a nutritional or weight-loss plan more individualized than the fingerprints on a snowflake. Jennifer and the client finish the session by reviewing the test results during a consultation.