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Each staff member at Natural Wellness and Spa has personally experienced the benefits of massage, and seeks to demonstrate its soothing powers through diverse bodywork therapies and classes. Practitioners thoroughly investigate each patient's concerns before employing a particular, specialized approach, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, or Swedish massage. Students get hands-on practice in self-massage and aromatherapy during 90-minute classes, which prove easier than learning massage techniques through trial and error in a physics lab.

317 S 56th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Petrissage: A Tension-Relieving Technique

Swedish massage's five basic movements yield a bounty of benefits. Find out more about the massage's kneading technique, petrissage, with Groupon?s introduction.

Kneading, rolling, and squeezing?this, in a few words, is petrissage, a type of Swedish massage technique that focuses on compression and release. Working in combination with Swedish massage's five other movements, these deep-reaching motions are designed to lift soft tissue away from its underlying structures, effectively stretching muscles and other soft tissues and promoting circulation so all your blood doesn?t pile up in your elbows. Specific maneuvers include kneading with the whole hand, using the thumbs to apply pressure to thinner tissue, and rolling skin between the fingers to prevent it from adhering to the fascia (that is, sheets of connective tissue) below and causing stiffness. Massage oil or cream is often used to help these strokes glide smoothly and avoid pinching the skin. Petrissage, like Swedish massage in general, often results in increased muscle mobility, improved peristaltic, or bowel, movement when performed on the abdomen and, of course, a sense of noodly relaxation.

4409 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Oregon Beauty’s attentive nail technicians tend to appendages through scrubs, nail-shaping sessions, warm soaks, and polishes. Paraffin skin treatments augmented with balms infuse worn surfaces with moisture. UV-cured gels slather nails with hues resilient to the scourges of daily life at the archaeological excavation site.

1901 W Oregon Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Brands Used: Influence, CHI color, Jane Carter, DermaOrganic
Reservations/Appointments: Optional
Established: 1994
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes

Q&A with Rachelle Russell, President

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I first developed a passion for the beauty industry while working at my aunt's salon in 1983. I loved meeting new clients, and seeing their faces after I finished doing their hair. As a woman, getting your hair done can boost your ego, elevate your mood, and make you feel like a brand-new person. All that being said, I just love people, and I love making them feel like a million bucks.

5823 Market St.
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Matt Beigle believes in the power of education. By teaching people about their symptoms and how and why those symptoms affect their body, he empowers his clients to take their health into their own hands. He also uses feather-light needles placed strategically on the body during acupuncture sessions to help relieve stress, aches, and pains.

255 S 17th St. #1502
Philadelphia,
PA
US

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.

2545 S Broad St
Philadelphia,
PA
US