Why You Should Consider Dry Brushing on Your Philadelphia Spa Day

dry brush exfoliating: Philadelphia spaIt’s something the owners of any reputable Philadelphia spa will tell you: there’s a lot to be gained from undergoing dry skin brushing on your spa day.

This practice, also known simply as “dry brushing,” is what is sounds like: scrubbing your dry skin with a brush. Here are a few reasons you should consider dry brushing on your spa day.

Dry brushing stimulates your lymphatic system

Your lymphatic system has important job: eliminating cellular waste products. When it’s not working, waste and toxins collect in your body and make you sick. Dry brushing stimulates this system and helps release toxins.

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The Benefits of a Sports Massage

sports massage in PhiladelphiaPlaying a sport can be invigorating.

It can also be exhausting. Even if you’re not injured, your body needs to recover from that level of exertion. That’s where a sports massage can help.

A proper sports massage can reduce muscle tension, help you monitor your muscle tone, promote relaxation, improve your performance and even prevent injuries.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of a sports massage, both on the body and on the mind.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Massage

Philadelphia spa massageIt’s hard to imagine getting a massage that wasn’t relaxing. Still, getting the most out of your massage is a two-way street. Your massage therapist needs to do their job, but you have steps you can take as well.

Here are some things you can do to get the most out of your nest massage:

 Stay hydrated

While it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water after a massage to flush away toxins, it’s also important to drink water before your massage as well. The massage pushes lactic acid into your blood stream. Water helps your blood flow and moves theses toxins away.

Talk to your massage therapist

Let the therapist know about any trouble spots: a bad knee from running, sore back from work, etc. We need to know your needs and expectations. When you’re on the table, don’t be afraid to let your therapist know when a technique is working, or if it’s just not working. And if you’re not sure about something, ask questions.

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Philadelphia Bikini Wax Tips for Summer

Philadelphia bikini waxSummer is in full swing, and that means weekends by the pool and days at the beach.

It also means you may be asking yourself “Is it time to for a Philadelphia bikini wax?” If so, Body Restoration wants to help. The website Bustle offers these summer waxing tips.

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5 Reasons to Get a Massage in Philadelphia This Summer

summerassage in PhiladelphiaIt’s summertime! Time to kick back and relax!

What’s that? You’re don’t feel chilled out?

It’s not surprising. Stress, exertion, and all the other things that leave us feeling tense don’t take holidays. That’s why you should consider getting a massage in Philadelphia this summer. Here are five reasons why it can help:

  1. You’re exercising more

A lot of us hibernate in winter, but when summer comes, you have more opportunities – and fewer excuses – to get out and exercise, and more chances for soreness. It could be biking or swimming or a round of golf, you still might strain something no matter how much you stretch. A massage will lower inflammation and help you muscles stay limber.

  1. You’re stressed

We realize that you’re probably stressed in the winter and fall too, but summer brings stresses of its own, from vacations to having to keep school-aged kids occupied. When you get a massage, your body releases endorphins and dopamine, which make you feel better.

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Why We Don’t “Double Dip” During Waxing

spa wax Philadelphia

As anyone who’s watched Seinfeld can tell you, double-dipping is bad etiquette.

It’s true at a social gathering, and it’s true when you’re getting a bikini wax.

If you’re searching for a bargain-priced Brazilian bikini wax, keep in mind that a place can’t possibly have hundreds of sticks at their disposal. If they did, they wouldn’t be able to make enough money to stay open.

The waxing at Body Restoration spa is priced accordingly so that you always have a clean and efficient waxing experience. We never double-dip our wax sticks, so the wax itself is never compromised. You’ll never receive a wax where the wax has been double-dipped with the same stick after touching someone’s skin and hair.

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Start Spring With a Massage

Spring has sprung, but have you?

The weather may be warmer, but your body may still be in winter hibernation mode. If you’re ready for outdoor activities, you may want to consider a massage at our spa in Philadelphia before you resume exercising.

Here are a few ways getting massages can help you with your springtime workout routine.

  1. It will relieve pain

Tell us if this sounds familiar: You exercise muscles that have spent all winter on the couch. The next day, you feel like you were hit by a stampede. A massage can help alleviate that soreness.

  1. It improves circulation

A massage keeps your circulatory system in good working order, delivering all-important oxygen to your body to help fuel a vigorous workout.

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Thinking About a Facial ?

Spa facial restorationAre you thinking about having a facial at Body Restoration Spa? If you’ve had facials before, please note that we take the Skin Care Profile very seriously. It means that you would need to complete this client consultation form which is two sided. We recommend you ask for this facial form and take it home and complete it. It asks questions like, “What time of day do you see an oily shine come out on your skin?” Or, “how much plain water do you drink a day?” There are lifestyle questions, exfoliation questions, allergies, etc.

Complete the form when you are comfortable and not rushed so that your answers are as accurate as can be. Bring the form with you to your appointment. It beats coming for a facial and having to sit and rush through the form in order to start the service on time. These questions are taken into account when deciding what skin type you have, what skin condition you may have, special challenges on your skin that you would like us to address, how much steam is appropriate, any prescriptions you are using that may affect your skin, etc. Make the most of your facial appointment by completing the form ahead of time. You can print it from our web site by clicking here.

Spring is the perfect time of year to renew your skin with a spa facial. Put your best foot forward with a relaxing professional exfoliation and prepare for the warm weather to come. Depending on your skin profile, we will create a facial experience that will rejuvenate and soothe your skin. Contact us today by phone or through our website to schedule your appointment.

Treat Your Skin With A Facial This Winter Season

Cleaning face with cotton padsA facial can soften and hydrate, replenish and protect against the Winter weather. It’s not uncommon to feel lips chapping or wind burn on the face during these colder months. But with a creamy cleanser, light exfoliation, and a heavier moisturizer, your skin can be conditioned to withstand the cold, dry air felt all through Winter.

First we would have you complete the Skin Care Client Profile and look at questions like how much water you drink a day. We would ask about dryness, flakiness and tightness felt on your skin. We ask how much caffeine you have each day as caffeine can dehydrate the skin.

Then we would select the products based on your skin type. This is determined by what time of day you notice an oily shine coming out on your skin, if at all.

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How Are the Basalt Stones Used in Stone Massage Sanitized?

CaraMassage_3We perform Stone Massage during October through April, or the Fall and Winter months.  We use a clean set of stones for each client. The stones are heated, oiled and used as an extension of the hands as they are effleuraged up and down the arms and legs, for example. Effleurage is a Swedish massage stroke where an open handed stroked is meant to warm the surface of skin and the muscles beneath. The stones can be turned on their sides and used to friction areas where adhesions have formed. This happens in the lower back due to long periods of sitting and not enough time to rest or stretch. The fascia (or the under-lying tissue) become bunched making certain movements like walking easier to maneuver on one side versus the other. One of the hips may be feel tired and stuck and it all has to do with everything being connected.

When we are finished a Stone Massage session, we place the stones in the dishwasher. They are washed and run through the full cycle. Then they are placed in a container until they are needed. We only have so many stones, so we may only be able to do so many Stone Massages in a day. The stone heater, that was modeled after an 18 quart turkey roaster, has an insert pan. This pan in also taken out and washed between treatments.