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 a career spanning more than two decades, Doctor of Chiropractic Dan Lavanga leads Lavanga Holistic Center's team of therapists and healers to nourish every element of human health. Through a system called the Circle of Wellness, staffers aim to enhance well-being through seven focused facets, including nutrition, stress management, and detoxification, bolstering bodies from every angle like a projectile assault in a vitamin store. The center employs this approach to strengthen statures with a diverse range of services, including targeted-exercise training, life coaching, and PDYoga, which merges meditative poses with techniques aimed at achieving life goals.
At reYou Massage, therapists specialize in a handful of massage styles that aim to undermine bodily aches. The staff pulls from a repertoire that includes massage modalities such as Swedish, medical, deep-tissue, and Esalen—a soothing modality featuring long, slow strokes that can travel the body's full length—to blast through tension faster than a house of cards divided against itself falls. After a session of up to two hours, many clients note a heightened sense of relaxation, a boost in circulation, and a greater range of motion, which in turn improves the believability of their windmill impressions.
Despite the presence of professional technicians, high-end equipment, and medical-grade products, New Image Medspa isn't a doctor's office. It's a spa where medically trained professionals strive to create a relaxing and friendly environment and count cost effectiveness as a top priority. Their treatments span from general spa services such as facials, massage, and chemical peels to med-spa approaches such as laser hair removal, blepharoplasty, or PhotoGenesis. They also oversee a slew of male-centric services to help guys achieve smoother, handsomer blue or yellow M&M shell.
Donna Kimmel fostered her passion for healing at both Penn State's Professional School of Massage and the Frankford School of Nursing. Now, in the comfort of a cozy, private treatment room, she draws upon her training as well as 12 years of massage-therapy experience to slacken achy muscles with Swedish strokes or the firm pressure of deep-tissue bodywork. A heated massage table aids Donna's attempts to make tension melt from sore shoulders and backs, and glowing candles help soothe stressed minds and draw out any moths that may be hiding in connective tissues.