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.
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.
Robin Dove Hair Studio’s color and style team consider hair their main artistic medium, sculpting beautiful looks for everyday clients and the high-profile mugs of local celebrities and news reporters. An educator for J Beverly Hills Salon, owner Robin Dove is experienced with hair of all textures and continually enlists in training to keep abreast of the haircare industry's latest trends and grooviest new ideas about running with scissors. These training sessions enable her to pass knowledge on to her staff, which can handle anything from basic haircuts and updos to extensions, weaves, and formaldehyde-free keratin straightening treatments. The studio’s stylists create a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere as they pour complimentary coffee for clients visiting early in the day and arm afternoon guests with glasses of wine.
The spa experience at Chung Dum Spa & Fitness, a Korean- and Japanese-style spa, is centered around various types of Asian baths, a type of dry sauna. Each has its own temperature and embedded minerals that can provide specific health benefits: The Hot Yellow Clay with Charcoal Room, for example, reaches 120 degrees. Lay down here and it’s said to help you get rid of impurities and improve blood flow. The Warm Jade Room maxes out at 98 degrees, and it is embedded with calcium, iron, and magnesium; according to tradition, it can help with high blood pressure. Botanical fragrances fill the herbal steam sauna; you can also unwind in one of the hot tubs, which dissolve muscle knots while heating any pasta you might keep in your pockets.
The facilities aren’t limited to just the saunas: there’s a fitness center and onsite café if you want to stay a while. Access to these facilities is included in a day pass. Guests can also take advantage of body scrubs and massages.
Some things take longer than others. For the nationally certified massage therapist at Kavema Massage & Wellness, it took 700 hours of training to perfect the kneads and soothing strokes that relax clients and enhance their well-being. Therapeutic massage incudes trigger-point therapy, Swedish modalities, and deep-tissue work to give clients as many benefits as possible, including enhanced sleep quality, increased circulation, and better concentration when doing the neighborhood bully’s math homework. Chair massages are available, too, as are sessions devoted solely to relaxation or relieving chronic pain. The business also offers massage add-ons such as hot-lava shells and body polish treatments to enhance the massage experience.
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.