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Petrissage: A Tension-Relieving Technique Swedish massage's five basic movements yield a bounty of benefits. Find out more about the massage's kneading technique, petrissage, with Groupon?s introduction. Kneading, rolling, and squeezing?this, in a few words, is petrissage, a type of Swedish massage technique that focuses on compression and release. Working in combination with Swedish massage's five other movements, these deep-reaching motions are designed to lift soft tissue away from its underlying structures, effectively stretching muscles and other soft tissues and promoting circulation so all your blood doesn?t pile up in your elbows. Specific maneuvers include kneading with the whole hand, using the thumbs to apply pressure to thinner tissue, and rolling skin between the fingers to prevent it from adhering to the fascia (that is, sheets of connective tissue) below and causing stiffness. Massage oil or cream is often used to help these strokes glide smoothly and avoid pinching the skin. Petrissage, like Swedish massage in general, often results in increased muscle mobility, improved peristaltic, or bowel, movement when performed on the abdomen and, of course, a sense of noodly relaxation.
4409 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US
Jean Madeline Aveda Institute beautifies hair and bodies with a wide array of pampering services while preparing tomorrow's stylists to forge the fashion frontier. Wielding an arsenal of contemporary knowledge and organic Aveda products, these well-educated cosmetologists-in-training can sculpt over-tussled manes into timeless coiffeurs ($16) or snip a couple inches off to avoid sweeping stray candy wrappers across the floor with every step ($12). An aromatherapy wrap can relax away inner city stressors by massaging in a choice of scented oils ($35). Those whose facial planes have dulled with the sandpapering of time will enjoy the customized facial, where a torso massage is combined with a mix of products to treat specific skin types until countenances are as radiant as a cherub in a spotlight ($33). Jean Madeline Aveda Institute also offers waxing services to lay bare lips ($8), brows ($11), underarms ($20), dorsal fins, and more.
3943 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US
Inspirational Angel Therapeutic Massage's services extend well beyond massage. For instance, they offer polarity healing therapy, an energy-balancing treatment designed to activate the body's self-healing mechanisms. There are also lotus foot scrubs and mini hot-towel facials. But of course massages are the main event here, and they serve the same purpose as the aforementioned treatments: to bring the mind and body together and help clients relax and overcome any pain or discomfort they may be feeling. Massage options include Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. Inspirational Angel's mission of helping others is not confined to massages and foot scrubs, though. They also participate in charitable events such as Enon Heart Healthy Day and Sharon Baptist Cancer Wellness Day.
39 North 52nd Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US
Not content to just shorten or shape hair, Salon Elevations' stylists also work to address hair loss in both women and men. In addition to familiar cuts and coloring treatments, they also help to thicken heads of hair with full-cap hairpieces, hair-thickening fibers, and laser hair therapy. Extensions also fill in gaps with Indian remy hair that can remain firmly rooted for up to four months, much like the leafy toupees worn by most giant sequoias.
5403 Market Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US
In their urban chic salon, The Weave Bar’s staff fills hands with complimentary beverages before filling conversation with hair talk. Specializing in weaves, they have a lot to say, and can transform looks almost instantly with their signature sew-in weaves. They also execute modern cuts and nourish tresses with conditioners and keratin treatments, customizing services to each customer’s needs.
444 S 52nd St, Ste 1
Philadelphia,
PA
US
With more than two decades of experience, Evolve's stylists know how to create the right look for any occasion. They apply radiant bridal makeup just as skillfully as they create special effect wounds to complement Halloween costumes or corroborate doctor's notes given to suspicious bosses. They also help keep the skin beneath the makeup healthy and clear with corrective facials and facial waxing. Other services include numerous hairstyling treatments–sew-in weaves, protein masks, and relaxers are a few options.
2548 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US
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