Hands In Motion owner Deborah Alexander-Kouassi folds her background in athletic training into each massage as she helps to restore range of motion, relieve tension, and dispel stress. Soothing heat flows from electric massage tables as hands iron out knots and boost circulation from foot to crown during Swedish massages. During therapeutic deep-tissue bodywork, firm pressure subdues spasms, calms inflammation, and knits decorative patches of muscle fiber to repair damaged soft tissue in bodies prone to chronic pain. Warm towels embrace weary feet and backs at the start of every session, and organic scents from Danielle and Company soothe both mind and body with calming essences of oat, ivy, and lavender. An aloe-vera-infused body wrap stimulates a detoxification reaction that can result in the loss of girth over fatty areas, as well as smoother and firmer skin. The candlelit serenity inside Hands In Motion relaxes clients in a way unfelt since the nine-month yoga session leading up to their birth.
Degrees in chemistry, holistic spirituality, and theology decorate massage therapist Jonathan Nidock?s walls, complementing his 20 years of experience while alluding to 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 a 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.
In spacious exercise zones and studios with floor-to-ceiling windows, Weston Fitness augments its trove of cardio, strength, and resistance machines with atypical fitness classes. Instructors keep muscles guessing with circuit training in H30 Turbo, teach cardio and strength choreography during trampoline-based Urban Rebounder classes, or meld martial arts with sinuous dance movements at capoeira class. The gym's innovative approach to health extends to its original M.A.P.P. (metabolic analysis program planning) method, which outlines several pathways for clients to achieve their toning goals under a personal trainer's supervision. After workout sessions, guests retrieve their possessions from the oversized locker rooms, depart the gym's office-building locale, and return to work or grab a meal amid the bustling atmosphere of Market Street.
After earning his massage therapy certification from Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts, Damian Colella knew just where to go. A South Philadelphia native, Colella opened his practice where his roots were planted, knowing it was a ?community that continues to grow and offer its residents culture [and] high-end services.?
In his hometown location, Colella releases tension with soothing massage techniques and rejuvenates countenances with hydrating facials. His massages work to improve circulation and restore vital energy that may have been lost during hours without a battery charger. His facials cleanse the skin and fight problems such as aging or acne. Dermalogica products infuse moisture into parched skin, and a skin-repair serum heals afflicted areas with lavender, essential oils, and invisible band-aids.
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.