A hot-stone massage adds an element of exotic flair to the deeply relaxing massage techniques of traditional massage. The careful placement of heated stones improves blood flow and tricks the muscles into releasing their stockpiled tension. A massage technician moves other stones about the body with smooth, flowing strokes, applying attention to trouble spots, knots, and storage bins of soreness.
The knowledgeable therapists at Viva Massage draw on one of the most ancient forms of therapy—massage—in lieu of other older therapies, such as smashing vases. Each specialist can help soothe aches using an array of modalities including Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, and sports massages, which they perform inside minimalistic rooms with gray-green walls. Viva Massage’s therapists can even bring their holistic craft to parties, events, and businesses—they offer on-location chair massage treatments.
Outside stresses melt away upon entering Kisses Sweet Spa. Along with relaxing massage therapy and skin care, the staff creates a peaceful abyss complete with herbal tea and lemon water refreshments. During classic or deep tissue massages, clients rest on linens and sheets made of all-natural fibers. Dermalogica and Kimberly Parry Organic products fuel soothing, customized facials for refreshed, healthy skin.
A Main Line native, Monica of A-Peeling Skin & Beauty went on to attain her cosmetology license after graduating from West Chester University. Specializing in skincare, Monica wields luxurious ingredients such as flower extracts and fruit enzymes to help enfold the skin in lavish treatments that work to improve skin texture and reduce signs of aging. She is also skilled at performing other beautifying services such as haircutting and styling, makeup applications, and waxing.
Timeless Sage's holistic healers tune the mind, body, and spirit with spa treatments that incorporate Chinese therapy techniques. During massages, therapists coat clients in botanical-infused GP Deva skincare products, then work over backs using the techniques of Swedish, deep-tissue, and other modalities. These sessions can also incorporate jade-stone therapy, during which smooth green orbs glide over the back, refreshing the body with alternating bursts of heat and cold, like a shower set to shuffle. Certified lash specialists plump up lid fringe with customized synthetic or mink lashes, which are individually bonded onto the original lashes. The center even treats nonhuman stress, performing equestrian bodywork based on a gentle, intuitive technique known as the Masterson Method.
OhLaLa Massage owner Said Ait Alla, who has practiced massage therapy in several countries, leads his team of co-ed practitioners in the relaxing art of bodywork. Inside private treatment rooms with Moroccan-themed decor, his therapists employ the smooth, flowing strokes of Swedish massage, the more intense kneading of deep-tissue massage, or the healing techniques of shiatsu and myofascial release. They also administer body scrubs that exfoliate and cleanse skin, boosting circulation more quickly and safely than strapping a jet engine to a Ferris wheel.