Twenty years of experience and degrees in chemistry, holistic spirituality, and theology decorate massage therapist Jonathan Nidock’s walls, hinting at his dual commitment to therapeutic bodywork and spiritual nurturing. Jonathan pairs this commitment with a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology to administer relaxing massages that call upon modalities such as myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy. Though each maintains its specific focus, Jonathan’s massages all work to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, dissipate tension, and curb chronic aches caused by wearing Kick Me signs made of concrete. Ideal for addressing uncertainties in the organs and nervous system, Jonathan’s holistic foot reflexology treatments promote well-being through the application of thumb pressure to specific points on the feet, which are thought to correspond to various organs in the body.
Danielle English, the licensed massage therapist at Awakening Touch, works from a background in therapeutic massage and physical therapy, both of which she learned while working at a rehab and chiropractic center. Danielle prides herself on her ability to administer bodywork that addresses physical injury as well as emotional duress. In that vein, she's devised her own unique form of massage that incorporates many different styles. In addition to standard Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, she also offers exotic forms like Lomi Lomi and feather touch massage. Thanks to a class on small animal massage, Danielle welcomes pets into her studio for treatments that can help them overcome pain or the existential stress of trying to catch a tail that's forever just out of reach.
At Blush Pinups & Salon Blush, a CityVoter 2010 Best Hair Salon finalist, women of all shapes and sizes transform into sultry pinup girls with the help of hair, makeup, and photo services. A visit to the salon begins with vintage hairstyling and the application of makeup, both of which are modeled after WWII–era glamour icons such as Jane Russell or a cross-dressing John Wayne. Next, owner-photographer Alanna Ralph discusses the photo-shoot concept with the vintage vixen before snapping steamy pictures of her coyly playing records on a gramophone or stretched out on a velvet chaise longue. Alanna then retouches the images before adding them to CDs, photo books, and other available formats.
Massage therapist Melissa Clevenger knows the worth of a good massage. “I know how much I love getting massages,” she says on her website, and she appreciates how important it is “to offer that same gift to others.” In this spirit of healing and generosity, Melissa started her business with mobile chair massages and sofa shiatsu sessions, taking her gift to people wherever they were. Now, Melissa takes clients into her care at her permanent location, where Swedish and deep-tissue table massages pair with soothing music and aromatherapy. Her combination of intuitive strokes and firm pressure helps detoxify muscles and banish tension when clients need it most, even during after-hours weekday or weekend appointments.
For more than 18 years, Paula Edge has explored the intricacies of physical therapy, chiropractic care, and yoga styles to develop a multi-discipline understanding of how the body works. At Calm Massage – Yoga and Reiki Studio, she collaborates with a staff of massage therapists, yogis, and certified fitness instructors to support the wellbeing of each individual client according to their needs. The team's soothing massage therapies range from the gliding Swedish strokes to the ancient art of Reiki, which aligns energy pathways to quell anxiety and help you beat Frogger. The wellness emporium also hosts a selection of specialized classes, which can demystify methods for mindful living, bolster flexibility with Kundalini yoga, and tone muscles with personal training.
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.