The light-filled, spacious L’Etoile occupies the second and third floors of an old factory building on Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk. On the main floor, a comfortable waiting area done up in shades of brown, gold and burnt orange leads to the complete-service salon area beyond, with its nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. Upstairs is the full-service spa, where you can invigorate your skin with a facial, choose a waxing or threading procedure for unwanted hair or indulge in a Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone or reflexology massage. Besides its gorgeous space, L’Etoile distinguishes itself by offering specialties such as sweet sugar body scrub and by keeping a small selection of handmade local jewelry for sale.
The certified physicians of Philly Lipo Laser target fat cells with the FDA-approved Lapex 2000 BCS, whose noninvasive laser technology gradually trims away unwanted inches. Immediately after treatments, they can provide a 10-minute vibration-platform session to burn the same amount of calories as 30 minutes of exercise or two hours spent chewing gum vigorously. To complement treatments, doctors can also create a three-week exercise and nutrition program for patients to follow.
Along with Philly Lipo Laser's body contouring, its strategic partner, Morgan Chiropractic Center, administers physical adjustments and treats back injuries with a combination of medical expertise and holistic procedures.
Jardin Medical Spa springs several spa services on Philadelphia's faces, but only two have been set aside for Groupon users. The chemical peel efficiently and effectively treats skin that's been damaged by the harsh winter sun, unevenly pigmented, unfairly wrinkled, or unwisely replaced with a hologram. The spa's sugarcane-based glycolic peel improves texture and tone, adding a healthier look to faces while helping reduce future aging agitators such as age spots or faded pigmentation. At 15 minutes, the chemical peel is also one of the fastest cosmetic procedures available, topped only by a goblet of vitriol tossed in the face by a spiteful Victorian mistress.
Chamounix Equestrian Center teaches pony proficiency to eager horsefarers in the balanced seat riding style. Students will hop astride English saddles on one of the center's trained thoroughbreds or quarter horses. In small groups of no more than six, budding giddyuppers spend the first half of the lesson learning safety and basic horsemanship. The second half-hour fosters rider and horse bonding by trotting about the arena and discussing their favorite late-period Romantic poets.