Inside a sunny, tiled space, Phoenix Salon & Spa's seasoned stylists beautify visitors with a comprehensive menu of hair, nail, and facial treatments performed with premium, often organic, body products. Massage therapists soothe carapaces with aromatherapeutic oils, the flowing strokes of Swedish massage, and ocean sounds that emit from their mouths. Manicurists outfit fingernails with shimmering gel polish, and aestheticians prep brides for their wedding day with makeup applications.
Like a fevered drum solo, gloves crack against a shuddering speed bag. In the corner, the familiar whoosh-slap of a jump rope sounds off. And inside the ring, shoes quietly shuffle against the canvas as a pair of fighters square off. Such is the scene each day at It's On! Boxing/MMA, where aspiring fighters and fitness seekers alike convene to prepare for a bout, hone their self-defense skills, or put themselves through a core-tightening, calorie-burning workout. The gym offers training programs for kids 5–13, as well as a core rotation of adult classes that include basic boxing, muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and boxing classes designed specifically for women.
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.
Tina Marie Nawn helps restore her clients' comfort and range of motion with massage services that include a special interest in magnetic-resonance stimulation and quantum biology. She helps alleviate chronic pain and improve circulation with a range of massage modalities that includes deep-tissue, prenatal, and stone-therapy techniques.
Tina also hosts workshops and trainings in quantum biology—a school of thought that applies quantum mechanics to biological processes, resulting in treatments such as magnetic-resonance stimulation, which jump-starts the body’s own waves and tunnels electrons to help repair and heal the body.
Quarterbacked by Dr. Evan Sorokin and a team of gifted aestheticians, Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery leads worn-out bodies to greatness with a playbook of surgical enhancements and noninvasive skincare services. Buff away blemishes and seemingly unmovable sandwich crumbs with the 75-minute face-restoration package that includes a 50-minute purifying facial, which uses a Clarisonic cleaning brush and manual exfoliation to excommunicate pore gunk before soothing skin with a medical-grade mask (a $90 value). Or Sahara-like faces can choose to cleanse themselves with the nourishing facial that refreshes with light exfoliation, vitamin C, and a skin-firming boost (a $90 value). Place newly supple skin in a pleasing frame with the brow and lash tint (a $49 value), and dethrone unwanted hair with a Nufree wax treatment on two areas of the face, such as the lip, chin, or handlebar nose hairs (a $47 value). Jealous brains get some attention with the customized skincare lesson and take-home sample products designed for oily, dry, and combination skin types (a $30 value).
Individualized attention is the name of the game at Ageless Skin Solutions. Massage therapists take the time to consult with clients, and aestheticians thoroughly analyze the skin with assistance from the sun-damage-detecting Visia machine. Staffers then carefully select the appropriate massage lotions or skin products and thoroughly explain each service in detail. The team uses only noncomedogenic ingredients and pure pressed oils discovered during years of researching product lines and conversations with houseplants. Skincare experts personalize treatments to focus on specific concerns, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines, and employ innovative anti-aging processes including microcurrent technology and LED phototherapy. Exfoliating enzymes and diamond-based microdermabrasion sessions banish dead cells and include a complimentary massage of the face, neck, shoulders, and décolleté.
After aromatherapy-filled full-body massages, staff members direct rejuvenated guests toward the relaxation room for hot green tea or fruit-infused water and a light snack. The boutique-style reception area greets guests with elegant chandeliers, and treatment rooms cosset eyes with soft candlelight ideal for crafting a shadow-puppet version of The English Patient.
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.