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Whether it's through luxe sugar scrubs, VOC-free building materials, or aromatherapy, the goal of these nine Philly day spas is the same: to promote rest, relaxation, and well-being among hard-working clients (i.e. you) looking to escape the daily grind for a little pampering. Have your phone handy: You'll be tempted to book a massage after scrolling through this one.
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Richel D'Ambra Spa & Salon at the Ritz Carlton: In addition to globally-inspired spa services, the promise of harmony and tranquility is on the menu at Richel D'Ambra, the in-house spa/salon at the Ritz Carlton. Treatments range from sugar scrubs, facials, and body wraps to massages, the latter of which range from 50 to 90 minutes. Signature treatments include aromatherapy-enhanced massages, honey skin treatments, and couples massages. Arrive early, don a fluffy robe, and soak up the heat and humidity in the spa's steam room and sauna.
Ten Avenue of the Arts, 3rd Floor; Avenue of the Arts
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3000BC WellMed Spa: This wellness spa's flagship location in Chestnut Hill boasts three medical skin care rooms and three massage/body treatment rooms, complemented by a tea lounge and an outdoor serenity garden. Both medical and spa treatments are offered, from alpha-hydroxy acid peels and facials, Botox, and sunless tanning to eyelash extensions, waxing, and spa services inspired by ancient Egypt.
8439 Germantown Avenue; Chestnut Hill
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Body Restoration Spa: With an entrance tucked away next to American Apparel on Walnut Street, this third-floor day spa hosts five cozy treatment rooms for facials, massages, and waxing. If you're in need of a Brazilian bikini wax, make note: Regulars swear that the blue hard wax employed by the spa makes for a less painful waxing process.
1611 Walnut Street, 3rd floor; Rittenhouse Square
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Eviama Life Spa: Distinguishing itself from the competition as the region's first sustainable, "green" spa, Eviama recently relocated to a Midtown Village space retrofitted with sustainable, eco-friendly building materials. The 2,000-square-foot spa offers a mix of Eastern and Western treatments to promote whole-body healing and relaxation. Expect massage, body wraps, waxing, organic facials, and skincare treatments, plus Reiki guided meditation and meditation classes. Post-treatment, you can browse the spa's in-house boutique for Dr. Hauschka products, beaded jewelry, essential oils, candles, and other personal accessories.
109 S. 13th Street between Chestnut and Sansom; Midtown Village
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Rescue Spa: Now within its new home at the Medical Arts Building, Rescue Spa continues to do what it does best: skincare. Here, the medical approach of dermatology is merged with spa services to offer clients eleven different purifying facials, detoxifying body wraps, and laser treatments. Rescue's massages range from hot stone to deep tissue, and hair care, make-up, and mani/pedis are also offered.
Medical Arts Building, 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor; Rittenhouse Square
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The Spa at Four Seasons: Matching the highbrow appeal and service of the Four Seasons hotel, this day spa provides mani/pedis, body polishes, facials, and gentlemen's treatments. Play hooky from work to take advantage of the spa's "weekday reset" service: a massage or facial, add-on treatments, and access to the hotel's amenities (gym, heated pool, whirlpool, sauna)—all at a discounted rate. This tempting deal is only offered Mondays through Thursdays, 9am to 5pm.
Four Seasons Hotels, 1 Logan Square; Logan Square
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Terme Di Aroma: Terme Di Aroma borrows beauty rituals from the Mediterranean to create a holistic day spa and sanctuary. Aromatherapy body and scalp massages are especially popular here, best followed by a facial, seaweed wrap, or a healing hand treatment that hydrates with a paraffin wax and a vitamin/mineral cocktail. The spa's boutique houses New Age aromatherapy candles, bath and body products, and essential oils.
32 N. 3rd Street; Old City
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Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa: If the fumes of your favorite nail salon are enough to knock you out, a visit to Terra Mia might be in order. This organic nail spa's manicures and pedicures rely on water-based, non-toxic nail polishes infused with natural oils. What's more, soy-based waxes are used for hair removal, and the salon's building materials are entirely VOC-free. Be sure to call ahead before showing up here; Tierra Mia is appointment-only.
328 S. 17th Street; Rittenhouse Square
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Balance Spa and Fitness Philadelphia: Tucked within the luxurious Omni Hotel in Independence Park, Balance Spa and Fitness pampers guests with four treatment rooms in nearly 6,500 square feet of spa and fitness space.
The Omni Hotel, 401 Chestnut Street; Society Hill