As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
CoreFit Training Studio's inclusive environment combines old-school exercise philosophies with modern training methods to help patrons sculpt strong, lean physiques. Studio owner and certified fitness instructor Liz Gilinger specializes in functional training techniques that use weighted kettlebells, cross-training, and Pilates to work the whole body, including all the muscles used to wrestle mermaids on their home turf. Her supporting cast of dedicated trainers is trained and certified in a range of specialized modalities such as hot yoga, suspension training, and dance-inspired Zumba.
A trio of chiropractors, all graduates of New York Chiropractic College, runs the show at Tri-County Chiropractic. In addition to getting the same alumni newsletter, Melissa Kisla, Christine Treacy, and Jessica Kennedy also each achieved board certification in adjunctive therapies, which allows them to more easily work in the multidisciplinary practice they run together. Using a whole-person approach, Doctors of Chiropractic Kisla, Treacy, and Kennedy don’t just perform chiropractic treatments, they promote macro-level healthy habits through a comprehensive regimen that includes corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling.
Listed in the Great Doctors of Chiropractic directory, Dr. Niraj Patel helps patients overcome conditions from chronic back pain to sports injuries without resorting to pharmaceuticals or surgery. An experienced practitioner, Dr. Niraj Patel also works with work-related injuries and auto accident issues. Based on initial exams, he identifies what course of therapy would have the most positive impact on clients' health. A fan of integrating healthcare technology, Dr. Patel's office is outfitted with equipment such as computer wellness scanners, cold lasers, and human-sized marionette strings that adjust patients' alignment.
Glow Skin Boutique Spa excels at traditional services, securing awards for "best facial" and "best wax" by CityVoter in Philly. But owner and head aesthetician Kristen Stone ensure that her clients won't endure the annoying trappings of a traditional salon or spa. Clients won’t find noisy hairdryers, boisterous chit-chat, or “snooty spa etiquette.” Rather, her tranquil treatment rooms are a place for total relaxation and unapologetic indulgence. Trained by the International Dermal Institute, Kristen specializes in corrective skincare services for men, women, and teens, from medicated blemish-clearing facials to Jessner peels and microdermabrasion. Though they excel at refining dull, aging, and uneven skin, Kristen and her staff of master aestheticians don’t stop at reparative treatments—they also ready bodies for the beach or birthday suit fashion shows with body waxing and airbrush tans, and savvy therapists loosen sore muscles with relaxing Swedish massages.
Gateway Bodyworks owner Lisa Firey believes deeply in the power of holistic treatments, as she has seen remarkable results firsthand. When her beloved dog, Porter, came down with an immune disease, doctors attempted to treat the symptoms with Western medicine. She suspected the medicines were weakening Porter’s immune system, so she began to research alternative methods. Soon she was treating her dog with vitamin C, nasturtium, and dandelion root, as well as massage. This method reenergized Porter and prolonged his life. Impassioned by this discovery, Lisa went on to earn a degree in muscle therapy and is now pursuing a doctorate in natural health.
Today, Lisa employs a staff of 20 experts to practice holistic healing methods. Within her garage-turned-spa space, her team focuses on acupuncture, bodywork, and massage. During reflexology treatments, therapists push pressure points on the feet, relieving stress and removing stuck-on shoe inserts. Acupuncturists treat everything from fatigue to autoimmune disorders and suggest herbal remedies. Alternatively, massage therapists use the long, languid strokes of the Swedish modality, and can also alleviate pain related to sports injuries, pregnancy, and postpregnancy. To round out the center, Lisa also set up a yoga studio with classes such as Hatha, Mommy & Me, and Kundalini.