Holding multiple diplomas in acupuncture and Chinese herbology, Six Fishes Healing Arts founder and head practitioner Cara Frank draws upon three decades of experience to heal patients with Eastern and holistic modalities. Frank and her colleagues Tansy Briggs and Jennifer Harrison specialize in internal medicine, addressing a variety of ailments within an office boasting exposed-brick walls, wisdom-crammed bookshelves, and huge windows swathed with bright red curtains. The trio uses acupuncture, massage, herbs, and nutrition counseling to holistically treat chronic symptoms by aligning the mind, body, and spirit.
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Lux Spa and Fitness relaxes and rejuvenates corpuses within its clean, 6,500-square-foot confines, where employees perform a survey of services that harness the botanical power of high-end Aveda products to cleanse, hydrate, and imbue skin with youthful oomph. Quench pre-pampering thirsts with lemon-lime water in the waiting room before undergoing a two-pronged facial package. The custom facial incorporates a treatment mask and massage, as well as aromatherapy and a combination of products tailored for each client's individual skin type and tendency to trip face-first into vats of butter. Next, one of the spa's staffers will conduct an eye-zone treatment employing flower-based formulas and gentle massage to cool and replenish the thin skin that surrounds peepers. Together, both services last a scant 50 minutes, freeing up the rest of the day to coyly wink at yourself in the mirror.
Hands In Motion owner Deborah Alexander-Kouassi folds her background in athletic training into each massage as she helps to restore range of motion, relieve tension, and dispel stress. Soothing heat flows from electric massage tables as hands iron out knots and boost circulation from foot to crown during Swedish massages. During therapeutic deep-tissue bodywork, firm pressure subdues spasms, calms inflammation, and knits decorative patches of muscle fiber to repair damaged soft tissue in bodies prone to chronic pain. Warm towels embrace weary feet and backs at the start of every session, and organic scents from Danielle and Company soothe both mind and body with calming essences of oat, ivy, and lavender. An aloe-vera-infused body wrap stimulates a detoxification reaction that can result in the loss of girth over fatty areas, as well as smoother and firmer skin. The candlelit serenity inside Hands In Motion relaxes clients in a way unfelt since the nine-month yoga session leading up to their birth.
The owners of Spa Bavu take their business' name from a Swahili word meaning "inner strength and power". This idea permeates the atmosphere of their small, private spa, where African décor mingles with internationally inspired treatments. Therapists combat aches with six massage modalities, using the long, gliding strokes of the Swedish technique or the heated basalt rocks that ply muscles during hot-stone massages. To exfoliate skin and melt tension, they perform body treatments— aromatic steam baths, Israeli mineral mud and warm French seaweed wraps, and chocolate-infused scrubs. They also help clients ease off stuck Halloween masks with six facials using lavender and green tea blends and oil-balancing formulas.
Donna Scott has been to the Oscars. Though she's not a thespian, the longtime medical aesthetician and certified laser skincare expert transported her handpicked products and know-how to the Academy Awards earlier this year, setting up shop at the Donna Scott Celebrity Spa Lounge. Scott, the recipient of InStyle magazine's Beauty Black Book distinction for the best facials in Philadelphia, delivers results by grounding her treatments in science. Where Philadelphia specifically lauds her glycolic peel with vitamin C, noting that it yields "remarkably brighter skin" by lifting away superficial cells. Scott has performed this and other rejuvenating treatments for celebrities at New York Fashion Week and the MTV Movie Awards, but she spends most of her time enhancing the natural beauty of everyday people, such as working moms who have reared spelling-bee champions. By customizing a suite of products for each individual, she treats and assuages skin issues such as rosacea, acne, and hyperpigmentation.