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 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.
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.
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.
Silver Apple Medical Spa uses nonsurgical treatments to help patients look younger and feel more beautiful. The medical staff wield lasers to remove everything from unwanted hair, to spider and varicose veins to tiny supervillains lodged deep inside pores. They also use them when trying to even out skin texture and remove scars. When they’re not harnessing laser power, the staff administer other skin-smoothing procedures—such as microdermabrasion—and they also design skincare regimens for patients to use at home.
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.