What to Expect

We’d like to paint a picture of what takes place during your treatments in Philadelphia here at Body Restoration. Without making false claims or promises, we are simply guiding you through your healing journey whether it is a spa service or waxing. It will give you an idea of how to make the most of your treatment and it will clarify the most commonly asked questions.

What To Expect From Your Massage Treatment

• Arrive a few minutes early to complete the client profile
• Be ready to relax
• Change into a plush robe and sandals
• Your massage therapist will greet you and take you into the treatment room
• They will ask you if there are any areas where you would like them to focus
• If there are areas you do not want massaged, i.e. stomach, scalp or face, please let your massage therapist know
• If this is a repeat massage visit, they will refer to notes taken during your last treatment
• They will exit the room and allow you to undress to your comfort level. Enter the massage table and settle in between the two sheets
• Upon their return, please let your massage therapist know if they are not applying enough pressure or if they are applying too much pressure in a particular area
• The unscented massage cream we use is paraben free and locally made
• If you choose Aromatherapy for your massage treatment in Philadelphia, you will select one of three aromatic blended oils
• We have both female and male massage therapists available. Please make your request known at the time of scheduling
• Each massage therapist on staff has completed a 700+ hour massage therapy program
• If you would rather your massage therapist spend time on a certain area such as back and neck, they can tailor the treatment and only work your upper body
• If you prefer a little bit of time spent everywhere, your massage therapist can give you a massage session that includes, face, scalp, neck, back, arms, legs, hands and feet
• Your therapist will let you know when the treatment is finished
After your massage treatment, we advise you to sit up slowly. You may experience slight lightheadedness due to changes in circulation, heart rate and blood pressure. In addition to normal fluid intake, we encourage you to drink at least eight extra glasses of water over the next 48 hours.
• Have some water to drink in the lounge

Click here to complete Massage Profile. Bring it with you to your massage appointment.

 

What To Expect From Your Facial Treatment

• Arrive a few minutes early to complete the client profile
• Be ready to relax
• Change into a plush robe and sandals
• Your esthetician will greet you and take you into the treatment room
• They will exit the room and allow you to undress to your comfort level. (Ladies, there will be a sarong to put on)
• Enter the massage table and settle in between the two sheets
• Upon their return, if this is your first facial with us, your esthetician will go over your client profile and talk about your skin history
• If this is a repeat facial visit, they will refer to notes taken during your last skin care treatment
• Now is the time to let your esthetician know if you are using Retin-A, Accutane or any other topical skin medications that are prescribed by the dermatologist
• This is crucial. You should not be waxed on your face if you are using Retin-A (or any topical skin medications prescribed by the dermatologist)
• You should not be waxed anywhere if you are taking Accutane
• Aggressive exfoliation such as peels should not be performed on your face if you are using Retin-A or Accutane (or any topical skin medications prescribed by the dermatologist)
• If you prefer more of a spa experience, let your esthetician know you would like more massage during your facial
• If you would rather more time spent on extractions, let them know
• Please keep in mind that many extractions may cause redness to the skin
• It is not uncommon to be somewhat red during or after a skin care treatment, especially if you are prone to it
• Redness usually goes away by the end of the day
• In Pennsylvania, we are not allowed to break the skin with a blood lancet in order to extract a pimple
• Using lancets may scar the skin actually
• NOTE: plan your facial at least four weeks before an important event, i.e. your wedding
• The pressure applied to your face during your facial should be light and gentle. However, every esthetician has different levels of strength
• Please let your esthetician know if they are not applying enough pressure or if they are applying too much pressure in a particular area, i.e. on the neck, shoulders, hand and arm
• Each esthetician on staff is licensed and continues their education at the International Dermal Institute
• Your esthetician will let you know when the treatment is finished
• Take your time and get up slowly
• Your skin should feel hydrated and dewy
• Your face should look relaxed and well rested
After your facial treatment, we advise you to sit up slowly. You may experience slight lightheadedness due to changes in circulation, heart rate and blood pressure. In addition to normal fluid intake, we encourage you to drink at least eight extra glasses of water over the next 48 hours.
• Have some water to drink in the lounge

Click here to complete Skin Care Profile. Bring it with you to your facial appointment.

 

What To Expect From Your Wax Treatment

• Arrive a few minutes early to complete the client profile
• Our waxing services are very manageable
• We recommend that you freshen up by using the feminine wipes (in the rest room) before your service
• Your esthetician will greet you and take you into the waxing room
• They will exit the room. For any of our bikini wax services, you will be asked to undress from the waist down
• We have disposable bikini thongs to wear if that makes the experience more comfortable
• If you are receiving a Hollywood bikini wax, or a Brazilian bikini wax, wearing a disposable thong is not recommended. The thong gets in the way of performing a thorough wax
• You will lie on the massage table with a towel over your bikini area
• Upon their return, now is the time to let your esthetician know if you are using Retin-A, Accutane or any other topical skin medications that are prescribed by the dermatologist This is crucial. Aggressive exfoliation such waxing should not be performed on your face if you are using Retin-A (or any topical skin medications prescribed by the dermatologist)
• If you are using Retin-A and you need your eye brows shaped, we will tweeze instead
• Waxing should not be performed anywhere if you are taking Accutane
• Please keep in mind that waxing may cause redness to the skin
• It is not uncommon to be somewhat red after a wax treatment in Philadelphia, especially if you are prone to it
• Redness usually goes away by the end of the day
• NOTE: plan your lip or eye brow wax (or any waxing on the face) at least two weeks before an important event, i.e. your wedding
• If your lip or eye brows need to be cleaned up again before the event, we will tweeze instead of waxing
• Your esthetician will let you know when the treatment is finished
• If your skin feels sticky in places from the wax service, we will apply oil to those areas
• Take your time and get up slowly
• Have some water to drink in the lounge

Click here to complete Waxing Profile. Bring it with you to your wax appointment.

 

What To Expect From Your BodyTreatment

• Arrive a few minutes early to complete the client profile
• Be ready to relax
• Change into a plush robe and sandals
• Your spa therapist will greet you and take you into the treatment room
• They will exit the room and allow you to undress to your comfort level
• Please put on the disposable underwear (bra and panties) for women; disposable briefs for men
• Enter the massage table and settle underneath the bath sheet
• The table will be heated with a thermal heating blanket
• Please let your spa therapist know if the temperature of the blanket needs to be adjusted (warmer, cooler)
• For an exfoliating scrub service, we use a body polish and apply with our hands
• In a body wrap service, we apply a stimulating gel to the skin, then we dry brush exfoliate over it
• It is not uncommon to be somewhat red from the application of the gel, this is normal
• Redness usually goes away by the end of the treatment
• Once the gel is absorbed, we apply detoxifying mud mixed with essential oils
• You are wrapped in a thermal heating blanket for several minutes
• Please let us know if you experience claustrophobia
• Both the exfoliating scrub and the body wrap services involve showering off the treatment ingredients
• You may leave disposable underwear, soiled towel and robe in the shower
• A fresh robe and towel will be available for you when you finish showering
• Once you’ve showered, the massage table will be redressed for your moisturizing treatment
• This portion takes a few minutes while the spa therapist applies a hydrating body cream
• You will experience a medium to light touch as the moisturizer is massaged on the skin until it is absorbed
• Your spa therapist will let you know when the treatment is finished
• After your spa treatments, we advise you to sit up slowly. You may experience slight lightheadedness due to changes in circulation, heart rate and blood pressure. In addition to normal fluid intake, we encourage you to drink at least eight extra glasses of water over the next 48 hours.
• Your skin should feel hydrated and dewy
• Have some water to drink in the lounge

 

How Often Should I Come For A Massage?

In a perfect world, you should get a massage every week. However, if time does not allow, plan a massage once a month. If you are experiencing pain, i.e. in your shoulder, lower back or hamstring, you may want to get a few massages until you gain better mobility in those areas. Your massage therapist will recommend when you should return for your next session. If you've received enough pain relief from several massage sessions and you feel you are functioning at your best, schedule your follow-up massage appointment next month.

Let’s say you have chronic pain underneath your shoulder blade. You may need three massages over the course 10 days until the pain is under control. View massages as a maintenance tactic in managing your health and stress levels.

 

Making The Most Of Your Facial Treatment

When a guest asks if we offer facials, I always recommend she or he take home our Skin Care Profile. It's a front and back page that asks questions about your skin history and your daily skin care regimen. It's best to sit when you are not rushed to complete a form before your esthetician greets you for your facial. This way, you can think about how much plain water you drink a day, how many alcoholic drinks you may have per week, or what time of day are you noticing an oily shine come out on your skin at this time of year. These are the types of questions on the Skin Care Profile. The esthetician takes into account how hydrated you are, what skin type you have, or why your skin tends to flush. Once you have completed the Skin Care Profile, bring it with you to your appointment. You can scroll up and see it under, "What To Expect From Your Facial Treatment."

If you would like extractions where we clean the pores by wiggling out any debris or clogging that is left in them after steaming, please let us know. If you are someone who doesn't want extractions, please tell us. Take into account that a facial can cause some redness, so if you were freshening your complexion for an event, i.e. a job interview that takes places tomorrow or in a few days, it may be best to do minimal extractions or none at all if blotchiness or redness after a facial may linger. It’s up to you to invest in the product recommendations made by your esthetician. This may dictate how often you need a facial. Home maintenance is important to maintain better skin health. Seeing a dentist for a teeth cleaning every six months will not ensure you have fresh breath on a daily basis. It’s the oral care you practice every day that contributes to good oral hygiene.

If you have a specific skin problem such as acne, a facial will address those concerns. The esthetician will extract and empty your pores of dirt and debris. She will also replenish your skin with the appropriate masque. But realistically, only so much can be done in a 60-minute facial treatment.

 

How Often Should I Come For A Wax?

Why A Wax Service Instead Of Shaving The Area Yourself?

We recommend you come for a wax every four to six weeks. It is best not to shave in between your wax visits. It only makes the hair stronger and more difficult to remove during your next appointment. It will also be more painful!

If you are someone who is thinking about waxing, please visit our waxing page that gives you preparation instructions and aftercare instructions to make the service managable and easier to tolerate. NOTE: If you are someone who can make it through a wax appointment wihtout any major difficulty, you will realize that waxing is the lesser of two evils over shaving everyday when it comes to hair removal.

We have a first time Virgin Brazilian Wax price for the client who has never had all of their hair removed from the bikini region. But we adjust the price when the client returns for their follow-up appointment, a.k.a. Maintenance Brazilian Wax within four to six weeks. Note: If you return for a repeat Brazilian Wax appointment later than six weeks, you need to schedule another Virgin Brazilian Wax.

If you are growing your eye brows in to look full and natural, refrain from tweezing them in between your wax visits. It’s tempting to tweeze them. But it can be tricky to balance your eye brows and frame your face on your own. You may need to let them grow past the six week mark until they are full and able to be shaped. We recommend an eye brow wax every four to six weeks. But depending on your brows, you may need to wait even longer until we can shape them.

All waxing prices on the menu are quoted in ranges. For example, a Virgin Brazilian Wax is quoted as $85-$100. We mostly charge $85 for this service. But on rare occasion, someone will have hair that is very difficult to remove. We may need to adjust the price (at most to $100) to cover the cost of extra wax needed to remove the unwanted hair.

 

If You Are Taking Accutane Or Using Retin-A

Q: If a guest is taking Accutane, how long do they have to be off of Accutane before they can get waxed?

A: After they complete their course, it would be 6 months before we would wax.

Q: If a guest is using Retin-A on their face (or any other topical medications prescribed by the dermatologist), how long do they have to be off of these medications before they can get waxed?

A: For Retin-A based medications or products it would be up to 3 weeks but we usually check the barrier function of their skin as it may be longer depending on sensitivity.

Q: If a guest is taking Accutane, how long do they have to be off of Accutane before they can receive a peel (salicylic peel, a glycolic peel, or a lactic acid peel)?

A: After they complete their course, it would be 6 months before we would exfoliate.

Q: If a guest is using Retin-A on their face (or any other topical medications prescribed by the dermatologist), how long do they have to be off of these medications before they can received a peel (salicylic peel, a glycolic peel, or a lactic acid peel)? 

A: For Retin-A based medications or products it would be up to 3 weeks but we usually check the barrier function of their skin as it may be longer depending on sensitivity.

 

Beware of Blue Wax Imitators

Why don’t all spas use the ‘Blue Wax’? Well, the Blue Wax we use is very expensive. Our supplier is far away and it takes days by ground to get to us. There is a bit of a learning curve when using hard wax such as the Blue Wax. Most estheticians would rather take the easy way out by applying soft honey wax with a wooden applicator and then putting a piece of cloth over it to remove it. This is the way we are all taught in beauty school. Those of us who wish to offer the very best in waxing will attend trade shows for the latest in technology. We discovered the Blue Wax at a trade show in 2001. It revolutionized how we waxed and it put Body Restoration Spa on the Philadelphia map for the finest Brazilian bikini waxing in the area.

A lot of waxing spas will say they use the ‘Blue Wax’ when you call and inquire. This is a tactic they use to get you in the door. What our guests are telling us is this: They head to the spa that claims they use hard wax. When the client is positioned on the table ready for her bikini wax, the esthetician talks her out of using the hard wax because, she tells her, it is not as good as the soft wax. The esthetician probably hadn’t mastered the use of the hard wax and did not want to wait for each piece of wax she applied to dry and set. Using the soft wax is faster but much more painful for the client. The client ends up struggling through another painful wax. Thus, her search continues for a waxing spa that will keep its word.

You will only get the quickest, gentlest, most thorough wax from this specific formulation of Blue Wax. There are other blue colored waxes out there, but they aren’t the same formula that we use. We are the only spa in Philadelphia that offers genuine blue hard wax for your treatment.