Breathe SFS was named in honor of the historical PSFS skyscraper, in which the Loews Philadelphia Hotel and its 15,000-square-foot fitness area and spa now reside. Though the building retains much of its 1930s-era charm, the gym space has been modernized to include 15 Cybex cardio and strength-training machines, including elliptical machines and stationary bikes with individual televisions. Guests work on their backstroke in a 20-meter, two-lane heated lap pool and loosen postworkout muscles in the steam room and sauna.
For deeper relaxation, head to one of five spa treatment rooms for an aromatherapy massage or a calming facial or mani-pedi. The menu also includes a Tuscan mud wrap that hydrates the skin and imparts the ability to sing Puccini.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
At reYou Massage, therapists specialize in a handful of massage styles that aim to undermine bodily aches. The staff pulls from a repertoire that includes massage modalities such as Swedish, medical, deep-tissue, and Esalen—a soothing modality featuring long, slow strokes that can travel the body's full length—to blast through tension faster than a house of cards divided against itself falls. After a session of up to two hours, many clients note a heightened sense of relaxation, a boost in circulation, and a greater range of motion, which in turn improves the believability of their windmill impressions.
Therapists tailor each stroke to individual preferences to create massages that cater to long-term health goals or simply focus on the particular stresses of the day. In addition to quelling immediate aches, they aim to prevent future pain by locating and treating problems at their source, and also tout massage as a great way to boost energy and enhance mobility, helping clients run faster, jump higher, and break dance with greater spontaneity.
HandMade Massage is owned and operated by Justin Eddinger, who brings with him eight years of experience in the massage therapy field. HandMade Massage is proud to offer massage services in your home or business as well as their conveniently located studio at 1628 JFK Blvd, Center City, Philadelphia.