Michelle Delbonifro began her career in 1996, when she received certification as a massage therapist and opened Main Line Therapeutic Massage and Spa. She didn’t stop there. After hypnosis helped her quit smoking—which is the most satisfying job to quit—she went on to study with the American Guild of Hypnotists, becoming certified in 2005. By 2006, she added the credential of licensed aesthetician to her CV and began administering facials, chemical peels, and waxing at her salon.
Today, Michelle helms Main Line alongside staff members Sue and Jessica. The trio doles out services ranging from relaxing therapeutic and organic stress relief massages to cellulite and toning treatments. They brighten and smooth complexions with crystal- or diamond-tipped microdermabrasion tools, and administer anti-aging facials to combat fine lines and wrinkles or gentlemen’s facials make even the roughest of men look gentle. Beyond skin treatments and bodywork, Michelle continues her work as a hypnotist by helping clients shatter all sorts of habits, including smoking and insomnia.
The team renders these myriad treatments amid the sound waves of relaxing music, the scents of calming aromas drifting through the room, antiques, stained glass, and a fireplace.
Those arriving to Enigma Medi Spa for the first time might be struck by the chic, contemporary decor, which mixes modern chandeliers and sleek furniture with Asian-inspired accents. But the spa doesn?t just look pretty??behind each beautiful treatment room door lies the latest aesthetic technology, administered under the watch of medical director Dr. Oleg Volchonok, a double board-certified specialist in gastroenterology and internal medicine.
Using a computerized skin-analysis system, Dr. Volchonok?s staff can customize a skincare regimen unique to each client?s needs and goals and steer them toward treatments that might include IPL photorejuvenation, microcurrent facelifts, or a 24K gold facial. Beyond customized skincare treatments and slim-down plans, the mei spa also offers laser body contouring and a relaxing salt therapy room, which has LED lights surrounded by pure Himalayan rock salts that emanate 84 minerals and negative ions. This helps to increase the natural healing process in addition to improving sleep, calming allergies, and helping asthma suffers breathe easier.
Enigma Medi Spa has also been helping clients acquire smooth, hair-free physiques for six years. Under doctor supervision, techs use Candela GentleMax lasers to permanently reduce unwanted hair on all skin types and tones. The med spa is home to five FDA-approved laser hair-removal devices that speedily target and remove unwanted hair with the precision of a Whac-A-Mole champion.
Mani-pedis are one of the most requested services at Spa East, according to the Philadelphia Tribune, and for good reason. The spa specializes in Minx nails, which are thin, flexible coverings that add vibrant color while strengthening the nail, helping the look last longer. Add on a hot-stone massage and an exfoliating, homemade foot mask, and you've got the luxe chocolate-and-champagne Minx mani-pedi, which was named as the Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine in 2010.
But expertise at Spa East extends far beyond a single service. Owner Samiyyah Staten has dedicated more than 10 years to studying aesthetics and massage, focusing largely on Eastern practices that combine natural and holistic elements. Her staff draws on lifetimes of training and experience to administer treatments from green-tea facials to reflexology, reiki, and shiatsu. Besides channeling ancient Asian traditions, the aestheticians tailor their services to each client's needs, such as dry skin, ingrown hairs, or eyebrows that are unable to convey the emotion of wistful.
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.
The Makeup Bar Salon may be named for its chair-lined countertops that brim with signature cosmetics, but its staff of stylists and aestheticians brings much more than just makeup artistry to the table. Supervised by Lisa Severino, a makeup artist with more than 20 years of experience, the salon’s many claims to fame include a seaweed facial that was a 2011 Pick by InStyle magazine and a blow-dry bar with a choice of three styling options: tousled, straight, or Louis XIV. Meanwhile, eyebrow specialists flaunt years of over-eye artistry in brow-shaping sessions that both correct past tweezing blunders and ensure flattering contours when brows grow out. Clients can put a bow on their spa and salon services with exclusive cosmetics, whether the salon’s own or the feng-shui-inspired Color Elements line designed by Severino herself.
Amazing Skin Clinical Care’s licensed medical aestheticians beautify exteriors with laser hair removal and acne treatments, medical-grade skincare, and other professional services. Skincare services include chemical peels and microdermabrasions, which help to reveal glowing skin and infuse cells with restorative nutrients. In addition to being state licensed, Amazing Skin Clinical Care’s aestheticians hold certifications in areas such as advanced medical aesthetics and laser-equipment training, which allows them to address cosmetic concerns such as aging skin or a giant meteor rocketing toward your face.