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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.

8460 Limekiln Pike
Wyncote,
PA
US

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.

202 Holland Road
Southampton,
PA
US

Owner and principal practitioner Yvonne Fisher knows most of the techniques you'd expect a nationally certified massage therapist to be familiar with—the Swedish, shiatsu, and myofascial modalities, for example. But because she's such a firm believer in the human body's ability to heal itself, she's gone beyond these traditional bodywork techniques to master less conventional healing approaches, including the soft-tissue method developed by Australian alternative-health practitioner Tom Bowen. Like an innovative hammer, some of these techniques don't even require hands: Reconnective Healing aims to influence life-force energy without physical contact, and a self-help method called the Emotional Freedom Technique targets emotional distress and can even be done over the phone.

7237 Hollywood Road
Fort Washington,
PA
US

Using focused bodywork, the therapists at Marina's Massage Studio address ailments ranging from injury to anxiety. Deep-tissue massages get to the root of tension and pain using pressure administered to the back, arms, legs, and joints, while hot-stone treatments help to unravel knots of both the muscular and the Gordian variety. You can also opt for Swedish massages for stress-relief and overall well being, as well as reflexology treatments, which use meridian points to align and harmonize the body.

112 Lakeside Drive
Southampton,
PA
US

Using focused bodywork, the therapists at Marina's Massage Studio address ailments ranging from injury to anxiety. Deep-tissue massages get to the root of tension and pain using pressure administered to the back, arms, legs, and joints, while hot-stone treatments help to unravel knots of both the muscular and the Gordian variety. You can also opt for Swedish massages for stress-relief and overall well being, as well as reflexology treatments, which use meridian points to align and harmonize the body.

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Southampton,
PA
US

Inside a 12,000-square-foot facility brimming with therapeutic waters and polished marble, visitors in bathing suits reap the time-honored health benefits of Russian and Turkish baths. The spa's 190-degree Russian bath invites bodies to recline on three tiers of pinewood benches and billows steam when guests pour water or toss old ice sculptures onto river rocks. The high-humidity Turkish bath, built from red brick and granite, refreshes bodies in conjunction with a cooling shower. Plunges into a 47- to 55-degree cold pool stimulate internal systems, and stints in private hydrotherapy massage tubs work deep layers of muscle with 132 jets of water.

Beyond the traditional treatments, visitors can have massage therapists knead muscles into a relaxed state, gild their bodies in a vertical tanning bed, or recline and sunbathe in an outdoor courtyard. Inside the onsite restaurant, chefs prepare Russian and American specialties, such as platters of lox and red caviar, lamb shish kebabs, and new york steaks. Juices freshly squeezed from fruit hydrate bodies, and a lounge with pool tables gives visitors a place to relax and use pool cues for something other than poking a drowsy bear.

141 2nd Street Pike
Southampton,
PA
US