Rejuvenate and relax at Mellow Massage Therapy Center, tucked into a corner of the artist-oriented renovated factory complex in East Falls known as Sherman Mills. In this high-ceilinged space with exposed-brick walls, the most popular choice is the Signature Mellow Massage, a combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques that are sure to relax. But the options here are many, ranging from aromatherapy, detox and reflexology to reiki and heated stone work. A selection of handmade soaps and lotions are for sale in the reception area, as well as the essential oils that are complimentary with a massage session, but can be purchased if you want to extend the experience.
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.
The beauty experts at Remedy Night and Day Spa practice their healthful treatments frequently so each treatment feels like a treat. They're healthful treatments that make up an important part of a person's routine self-care regimen. Regular facials can help keep acne and hyper-pigmentation in check, while frequent massages not only banish stress and tension, but also improve circulation and promote detoxification of internal systems. Even mani-pedis nourish hands and feet with antioxidant masks and moisturizing treatments.
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.
At Rejuve Nail & Skin Day Spa, the technicians, aestheticians, and massage therapists work together to pool their expertise and offer head-to-toe pampering. Oversized black pedicure chairs stand in a row as guests kick back and a technician tops their toes in vibrant polish colors. Customers can also opt for hot-stone massages, which help melt away tension in muscles after playing catch with a stockless anchor, and a pumpkin exfoliating facial that helps refresh skin.
At Starshine Salon, owner Su-Shan Lai's rolodex of talents extends beyond her 17 years in the beauty industry. This work helps her during 30-minute image consultations, wherein she listens to her clients' varied discussion topics and then helps them with everything from reconstructing their resumes to restyling their wardrobes. In addition to giving out advice, Su-Shan and her staff are adept at revamping looks with haircuts, Goldwell color services, and Brazilian Blowouts.