For centuries mankind has envied pizza dough and wondered how we too could be kneaded to relaxed, savory states without paying for the luxury of being escorted via wooden paddle to a Sicilian brick oven. Be pounded into the shape of relaxation with today's Groupon: for $52, you get a full-body scrub and Swedish massage at Body & Sole Reflexology, in Lancaster (a $104 value).
Skin dryness and muscle pain become dimly recalled figments after Body & Sole’s 60-minute massage and 30-minute full-body scrub. Inside the gently lit space, certified massage therapists unbind tight tissue with the long, smooth strokes of the Swedish tradition. The gliding strokes mollify muscle tension and promote relaxation, easing overworked muscles and melting tension into a conveniently positioned bucket. An effective treatment for stress reduction and the improvement of blood circulation, Swedish massage also relieves anxiety, depression, and trauma resulting from having a quarter painfully extracted from your ear by a street magician. Pain and inflammation melt away as minds are transported to the palm-decked beach depicted on the studio’s wall mural. Once sinew sacks have been sufficiently loosened, pampered patrons are treated to a 30-minute body scrub, which banishes dry skin cells to the realm of VHS, carrier pigeons, and the handlebar mustache. A green-tea and mint-leaf moisturizer lavishes love on freshly polished pelts postscrub, before tension-tamed corpuses emerge emancipated from Body & Sole's cool, blue chambers.
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Body & Sole Reflexology and Spa
The certified reflexologists and licensed massage therapists at Body & Sole Reflexology and Spa want each of their treatments to evoke the relaxing sensations of a seaside vacation. They seem to have taken this idea and ran with it, decorating each of their spa’s rooms with tokens that recall a distinct tropical locale. From the Tahiti room’s wall-length mural of an island sunset to the South Pacific suite’s two plush beds—each outfitted with an inflatable lifejacket—not a single element spoils the impression of an exotic getaway.
The staff’s dedication to this theme mirrors their dedication to soothing clients’ stresses with reflexology, massage therapy, and other relaxing body treatments. A science-based therapy that focuses on energy pathways in the feet, hands, ears, and face, reflexology manipulates these reflex points to improve circulation and help the body recover from physical and emotional stresses. A wealth of massage techniques—ranging from the long, gentle strokes of Swedish to the moisturizing essential oils of aromatherapy—similarly reduce stress and set muscles on the path to recovery. Though treatments tend to be designated to particular rooms, the communal Lava Lounge stays open to all guests, who can admire its glowing collection of custom jewelry and kick back on couches stuffed with pillowy volcanic ash.
2520 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601Get Directions