Jacquelyne Rudy and Dawn Kalin, the founders of True Skin, take a holistic approach to beauty, as they combine their knowledge of health, nutrition, and yoga with years of experience in skincare. They hope each client can relax and discover their most radiant self through services such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as rejuvenating laser skin-tightening and defuzzing laser hair-removal treatments. Geri Massott, the certified massage therapist and reiki master on staff, kneads away tension with an arsenal of bodywork modalities and an oversize rolling pin. True Skin's spa-like studio instills serenity in guests with deep cherry drapes, soft lighting, and coffee-shaded hardwood floors as they await beautification. The aesthetic haven is located between Chestnut Hill and Flourtown, so GPS users should input the town of Glenside into their friendly driving device or whisper "Glenside" to their flying carpet.
In a Better Philly feature, Pierre & Carlo European Salon & Spa defines itself as a stylish haven where beauty thrives and stress melts into obsolescence. Glowing panels cooperate with track lighting to illuminate clients as hair whisperers practice their cutting and styling craft. In private treatment rooms, candles' gentle presence complements the soft touches of aestheticians with encouraging flickers. Clients can feast thirsty eyes on the spa's waterfall wall before strolling to service stations where therapeutic facials flush the flaws from skin, be it dry, acne-ridden, or covered in decoupage. Before and after any of five massages, visitors are welcome to relax their minds and muscles in a chromatherapy soak tub lit by colorful LEDs. Owner Dorina D'Amore has established in her list of services a special Men's Club, exhorting each passing man to bust his way through Pierre & Carlo's doors for an invigorating herbal-infusion wrap or a signature mani-pedi.
The team at Cryo Spa Natural Healing Center blends natural and traditional holistic treatments, with an on-site massage therapist who provides deep-tissue, hot stone, and acupressure massage sessions. Their aim is to foster relaxation as well as to improve the overall health of the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems of their clients.
The business also lives up to its name by offering Cryosauna treatments. Friendly staffers usher clients into the Cryosauna chamber, which envelops them in a blanket of nitrogen vapor for three-minute intervals. The low temperature of nitrogen vapor to alleviate the symptoms of everything from arthritis and skin conditions to stress and fibromyalgia. The sub-zero temperature also promotes the release of endorphins and anti-inflammatory proteins to improve functions of the immune and metabolic systems. Because there's no humidity in the chamber, the temperature remains comfortable.
In 1964, the Carusos decided to start a spa. They wanted to open it in a century-old Victorian house, but the fixer-upper definitely needed a few renovations first. For a year, the Carusos used their evenings and weekends to fashion a spa atmosphere reminiscent of ancient Roman baths. Amid chandeliers, corinthian columns, and engravings of ancient Olympic potato-sack races, stylists craft haircuts and therapists soothe muscles in private treatment rooms. Though stylists use nationally renowned products from Dermalogica and Redken during treatments, they also use styling tools patented by the Carusos themselves.
The Pink Orchid MedSpa, an extension of the Women’s Health Network regional Obstetric and Gynecological center, combines specialty medical service and traditional spa treatments, all under the watchful eye of a medical director. The Swedish massage rebalances minds and soothes muscles with 50–55 minutes of long, light movements to improve circulation followed by deeper, muscle-loosening motions performed with Swedish meatball gloves, with 5–10 minutes for removal and re-donning of your spa robe. For visages in need of perking up or calming down, the signature facial tackles individuals' specific skin issues. Aestheticians first identify problem pores under a magnifying glass, whisking away whiteheads and blackheads and exfoliating dead skin before massaging mugs into relaxed, doughy contentment. To finish, the aesthetician coats the face in a mask of Germaine de Capuccini skincare products specifically chosen to nourish each client's particular skin type.
Adagio Day Spa's rhapsody treatment sets you up with two hours of personal pampering to make sure that you’re rested and radiant for your next party or collegiate lecture on the history of canned ham. Start by retreating into the warm, cozy cocoon of a customized body wrap based on your specified needs and goals. After emerging from the wrap's detoxifying magic with a pair of paper-thin, beautifully-colored wings, masterful manual manipulators will relieve exhausted extremities with a lavish hand and foot massage before dousing them in a warm paraffin dip. A complimentary cuppa from the adjoining tea room will likewise warm insides.