Gateway Bodyworks owner Lisa Firey believes deeply in the power of holistic treatments, as she has seen remarkable results firsthand. When her beloved dog, Porter, came down with an immune disease, doctors attempted to treat the symptoms with Western medicine. She suspected the medicines were weakening Porter’s immune system, so she began to research alternative methods. Soon she was treating her dog with vitamin C, nasturtium, and dandelion root, as well as massage. This method reenergized Porter and prolonged his life. Impassioned by this discovery, Lisa went on to earn a degree in muscle therapy and is now pursuing a doctorate in natural health.
Today, Lisa employs a staff of 20 experts to practice holistic healing methods. Within her garage-turned-spa space, her team focuses on acupuncture, bodywork, and massage. During reflexology treatments, therapists push pressure points on the feet, relieving stress and removing stuck-on shoe inserts. Acupuncturists treat everything from fatigue to autoimmune disorders and suggest herbal remedies. Alternatively, massage therapists use the long, languid strokes of the Swedish modality, and can also alleviate pain related to sports injuries, pregnancy, and postpregnancy. To round out the center, Lisa also set up a yoga studio with classes such as Hatha, Mommy & Me, and Kundalini.
Glow Skin Boutique Spa excels at traditional services, securing awards for "best facial" and "best wax" by CityVoter in Philly. But owner and head aesthetician Kristen Stone ensure that her clients won't endure the annoying trappings of a traditional salon or spa. Clients won’t find noisy hairdryers, boisterous chit-chat, or “snooty spa etiquette.” Rather, her tranquil treatment rooms are a place for total relaxation and unapologetic indulgence. Trained by the International Dermal Institute, Kristen specializes in corrective skincare services for men, women, and teens, from medicated blemish-clearing facials to Jessner peels and microdermabrasion. Though they excel at refining dull, aging, and uneven skin, Kristen and her staff of master aestheticians don’t stop at reparative treatments—they also ready bodies for the beach or birthday suit fashion shows with body waxing and airbrush tans, and savvy therapists loosen sore muscles with relaxing Swedish massages.
Two things helped New Concepts Med Spa to earn the title of CityVoter’s 2012 Best Medical Spa: technological prowess and a peaceful spa atmosphere. The spa's status as a state-of-the-art beauty center is unquestionable, since its equipment includes everything from a medical-grade microdermabrasion machine to a laser skin-rejuvenation system. But the surprising thing is how homey the clinic is. At this new location, visitors enter to see decorative lamps and throw pillows napping on upholstered chairs. Once outfitted in a downy robe, guests can make their way to private treatment rooms complete with sheer curtains and a deep-purple-and-blue color scheme. It's here that spa professionals assuage muscles with massages or revitalize complexions with facials as soothing music plays and firecrackers don't go off.
At Paoli Chiropractic Group, multiple specialists including skilled massage therapists ease pain and discomfort through advanced, medically- proven treatments. The group's staff of four massage therapists work side by side with chiropractors and exercise physiologists to provide holistic treatment using a wide variety of massage modalities, including prenatal and deep tissue styles.
The center also boasts cold laser therapy and electrical stimulating currents that help repair damaged tissues, and spinal decompression that can counteract the pressure and damage from over-tight suspenders. The office's exercise physiologists can also work with patients to fend off future pain through a preventative program of core exercise and neuromuscular re-education.
La Simpatica Salon's owner, stylist, and makeup artist, Courtney Lewis, applies her 10 years of experience beautifying celebrities and hosts for VH1, MTV, movies, and music videos to help noncelebrity clients to achieve red-carpet-worthy looks. Courtney douses patrons' manes with only the finest all-organic products culled from the tears of Mother Earth and dusts visages in mineral foundation, which blends seamlessly with natural skin tones. Before administering her signature hair services or makeup applications, Courtney consults with guests about their expectations. Those looking to pull off a specific look can bring in a photograph of the desired style or simply describe the look through a game of charades.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.