With my birthday and the seasonal holidays both in December, it’s often right around now that I receive a barrage of calls, texts and Twitter DMs asking me what I want. It’s the end of the year, I’m tired and a bit burned out. Since sadly my friends and family cannot help me out with my request for a 26-hour day, my response is often “a day at the spa.” Soothing, relaxing, peaceful and pampering, there are few more perfect places on Earth. So where will my loved ones be calling in the days ahead? Hopefully one of these top stress-relieving, Philadelphia-area spas.
1 Rescue Rittenhouse Spa
Their bright and airy lobby is welcoming, their cucumber-infused water refreshing, but its the deftly skilled staff at this popular spa that keep the clients, and awards, coming in. Book a facial with Danuta, and walk out looking -- or at least feeling -- five years younger. She comes highly recommended.
255 South 17th St., Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
2 Body Restoration
This spa conveniently located in Center City has a full menu of facials, massages and scrubs, but the real draw here is their waxing services. Using a blue wax that greatly reduces the pain associated with some of the more, ahem, sensitive areas, their talented techs make one of the most awkward spa services a breeze.
1611 Walnut St., 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
3 JuJu Spa & Organics
Organic is in, and JuJu has been on the trend since they opened up their fun, eclectic space in 2005. On stop of soothing spa services rendered with all natural and organic products, the shop uses filtered water, wind-generated power and green cleaning products. Even their office supplies are eco-friendly!
728 S. Fourth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
4 3000 BC WellMed Spa
Relaxing is nice and all, but many of us head to the spa in order to help ourselves out in the look department, too. The medical angle of 3000 BC helps take care of both facets. Even the standard facial comes with Visia Complexion Analysis, a high tech way to determine the best treatments and products for your skin.
8439 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa 19118
5 Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Salon
It's a beautiful balance of old and new techniques, this suburban spa truly has something for all tastes. Take a dip in the chromotherapy tub or breathe in the soothing air of the Brine Light Inhalation Therapy Room for a modern experience, or melt into a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage.
243 W. Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342