Mani-pedis are one of the most requested services at Spa East, according to the Philadelphia Tribune, and for good reason. The spa specializes in Minx nails, which are thin, flexible coverings that add vibrant color while strengthening the nail, helping the look last longer. Add on a hot-stone massage and an exfoliating, homemade foot mask, and you've got the luxe chocolate-and-champagne Minx mani-pedi, which was named as the Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine in 2010.
But expertise at Spa East extends far beyond a single service. Owner Samiyyah Staten has dedicated more than 10 years to studying aesthetics and massage, focusing largely on Eastern practices that combine natural and holistic elements. Her staff draws on lifetimes of training and experience to administer treatments from green-tea facials to reflexology, reiki, and shiatsu. Besides channeling ancient Asian traditions, the aestheticians tailor their services to each client's needs, such as dry skin, ingrown hairs, or eyebrows that are unable to convey the emotion of wistful.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($38.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($27.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
The massage therapists at Touch of Comfort Massage & Mobile Spa strive to make getting relaxed even more relaxing by bringing their pampering services to their clients' homes. The staffers perform massage, facials, and body detoxification treatments in the comforts of patrons' own abodes, helping them feel more at ease and allowing them to eschew the hassles of fighting traffic and local squirrels. In this setting, the therapists can administer flowing Swedish strokes to promote circulation, or access lower-layer aches with the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. And they enhance sessions with sumptuous add-ons, such as hot-stone therapy and exfoliation facials. But for those who like to keep their spa experiences at the spa, they offer the same lineup of services at their onsite location.
At Sankhya Solutions for Whole Body Wellness, a focus on the roots of yoga practice and a vegan lifestyle lend to a distinctly earthy atmosphere. Classes are helmed by passionate yoga instructors who include Meghan, a certified vinyasa teacher, Natalie, an ashatanga practitioner and raw foods proponent, and Angela, an educator who trained at an ashram in India. Though these teachers guide students through a range of yoga styles, their specialty is dynamic vinyasa flow. In all-ages sessions, they help students hone strength and flexibility through sun salutations, fluid breath and movement, and nine points of focus. To help clients achieve total wellness, the studio also provides pampering spa services and organic juice-cleanse packages. Additional nutrition programs highlight raw vegan foods.
Knead Body Boutique's self-explanatory name hints at its endeavors: kneading bodies with the aim to relax clients or alleviate achy areas. The staff's techniques run the gamut from a deep-tissue massage and reflexology to the use of heated stones and cupping. Massages, which can last from 15 to 120 minutes, prep bodies for organic body wraps crafted from a mango passion fruit balm, seaweed, or the cocoon of a giant caterpillar.
The recipe for youth? Start with an Immuno-Skin Complex, and combine it with five exfoliators, hydrators, and skin brighteners. Then add Dr. Murad's Youth Building Acupressure Massage, throw in an eye-lift treatment, and finish it off with a cooling mask. The result: an extensive 60-minute anti-aging facial that lifts and tones the skin, diminishes wrinkles, and restores a healthy glow to cheeks.
This is The Queen Spa's Youth Building Facial, one of nearly 10 facials the spa uses to restore its clients' natural beauty and simultaneously raise their spirits. All of the facials here utilize Dr. Murad products and aim to deliver clinical results with a soft touch. Of course, facials aren't the spa's only forte: massages are also on the docket with styles ranging from stress-busting Swedish massage to the yoga-like Table Thai massage, for which clients remain fully dressed in loose clothing or their most flexible snowsuit. Mani-pedis and waxing are also offered and conducted with the same doting attention as the spa's massage and skincare treatments.