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.
The eponymous and licensed massage therapist Mark Liskey helms Mark Liskey Massage, where he utilizes his own brand of massage therapy. Named PressurePerfect, his massage techniques emphasize deep relaxation and pain relief via customized strokes and pressure. Liskey also offers neuromuscular massage, which uses a combination of gliding and pressing motions to treat tight muscle spots.
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.
Health First Centers encompasses full-body well-being by combining a full-service chiropractic spa and wellnesscenter. Inside private treatment rooms, Doctor of Chiropractic Tom Miles and his staff tend to creaky spines with chiropractic adjustments designed to suit everyone from the consummate athlete to the habitually hunching magician's assistant; in addition, they better interiors through nutritional counseling. Spa services include Eastern and Western-inspired massage, salt rubs, and aromatherapy, which help promote all-over wellness and put guests in a better frame of mind. The facility's decor also aims to soothe with natural elements, such as a salt-water fish tank and an adjoining garden.
Clients can take their experience home with them by stocking up on the health products sold in the wellness center, including nutritional supplements, salt-crystal lamps, and mattresses from Tempur-Pedic and Vivetique Organic. A strong supporter of bettering its clients through education, the center offers a series of yoga, partner massage, and tai chi classes as well as lectures on current health topics to equip patients with knowledge that can help them live healthier lifestyles and pad their acting resumés.
CoreFit Training Studio's inclusive environment combines old-school exercise philosophies with modern training methods to help patrons sculpt strong, lean physiques. Studio owner and certified fitness instructor Liz Gilinger specializes in functional training techniques that use weighted kettlebells, cross-training, and Pilates to work the whole body, including all the muscles used to wrestle mermaids on their home turf. Her supporting cast of dedicated trainers is trained and certified in a range of specialized modalities such as hot yoga, suspension training, and dance-inspired Zumba.
Doctor of Chiropractic Irene Dubinsky Londer, a specialist in myofascial-release therapy, believes her patients' needs are paramount. During a first visit, she performs a thorough exam while learning the patient's full history, including any names they've given their spine, before setting her hands to work. Her treatments include gentle spinal manipulations and the Nimmo Receptor Tonus technique, which builds structural integrity, symmetry, and balance. Between visits, she prescribes exercises to help aid in recovery and pain relief.