Seven Tips for Buying a Spa Gift Certificate She’ll Actually Use

Advice for Male Shoppers Looking for Spa Services as Gifts.

  • Find out the name of the spa she likes to visit.
  • Purchase the gift certificate for a dollar amount.
  • Your attempts to piece together her day of relaxation should really be left to her decision.
  • If you’ve waited until the last minute, call the spa and ask if the spa gift certificate can be purchased online so the gift certificate comes to you instantly via email.
  • Surprising her with a trip to the spa and dinner later may complicate matters. She needs to bring make-up, toiletries, and a fresh change of clothes, to feel her best for a night on the town.
  • Pressing for a same day appointment or begging the spa to squeeze her in on the actual day of her birthday will make the event more stressful for you and her.
  • Guys, we all know you’re well-intentioned in your efforts to surprise the woman you love. When calling a spa in a panic, make it easier on yourselves and present a spa gift certificate to your lady. Trust me; she can handle everything from there.

    Restoration Facial at Body Restoration Spa
    Restoration Facial at Body Restoration Spa

4 Reasons Why Spa Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Holiday Gift

Spa Philadelphia - Body RestoriationBody Restoration, a Philadelphia-based spa specializing in massage therapy, facials, body treatments and hair removal by waxing is just steps away from Rittenhouse Square − but a world way from the hustle (and hassle) of city life. The environment in Body Restoration®, is tranquil, and the energy is positive and free flowing.

A one-size-fits-all gift certificate from Body Restoration® makes a fantastic holiday gift because:

  1. Your recipient can use your gift on their choice of decadent, relaxing services available at Body Restoration® such as:
  • Massage – Therapeutic bodywork promotes relaxation, circulation, clearer thinking, stress reduction, pain relief, and a general feeling of wellness. Specialized massage includes, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Sports massage and Maternity massage.
  • Aromatherapy – is the application of pure essential oils that penetrates into the bloodstream and has therapeutic effects on the body when added to any style of massage.
  • Massage Classes For Couples – Give your partner or favorite couple the gift of massage instruction. No prerequisite required, as this crash course is specifically for massage novices.

 

  1. It is easy and instant to purchase.

Simply use the form found on the website to order your Instant Gift Certificate from Body Restoration.  Once you have completed secure checkout through PayPal, your Gift Certificate will be emailed directly to you, ready to print! No hot malls, crowed parking lots or long lines of in-person shopping.

 

  1. It’s a thoughtful gift for both women and men.
  • Restoration FacialTailored to your unique skin care needs, both men and women will experience smooth, soft and supple skin clearly visible after this treatment. The Men’s Restoration Facial focuses on softening and rehydrating skin damaged by shaving, sun exposure, and the urban environment.
  • Tu’eL™ skin care is aromatherapy-based, natural, paraben-free, and formulated for all skin types – regardless of gender, ethnicity, or condition.
  • Body Restoration operates by the strictest code of ethics. Information gathered during the massage session or skin treatment is strictly confidential.  Clients are draped during massage, skin or body treatments. As members of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the massage therapists and skin therapists of Body Restoration, take a pledge to abide by the ABMP Code of Ethics.

 

  1. You can be proud of your gift.

Surprise the most difficult giftees on your holiday gift list with the gift of relaxation, beauty, and wellness from Body Restoration. Ideal for anyone who appreciates a progressive spa experience that soothes heals and motivates.

If I Were JFK’s Massage Therapist

November 22, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. There have been several shows discussing the Kennedy White House years on television as the anniversary nears. One piece I saw discussed how much pain he was in from day to day. From the brace he wore under his clothes to the pill popping cocktail he ingested every day, I am convinced that massaging John F. Kennedy would be a massage therapist’s dream:

Just take off that back brace, John, and let me try some connective tissue work on it in a very light manner. With proper bolstering, we can ease the pain in your fifth lumbar vertebra where two operations had already been performed. You can even employ some of these bolstering techniques while you sleep instead of relying on a piece of plywood that was wedged under your mattress for support. The post-op exercises and physical therapy introduced to you by the orthopedic surgeon is what has helped you recover this far. Why not continue with these alternative methods and make a 90-minute massage session a part of your regular weekly routine?

Senator John F. Kennedy wears a back brace as he sits on the patio in Palm Beach, Florida.
Senator John F. Kennedy wears a back brace as he sits on the patio in Palm Beach, Florida.

Using Swedish massage strokes will induce hyperemia on the skin which turns it pink from blood flow being brought to the area. It will bring about better mobility than you ever thought possible. Simple tasks like reaching across your desk or removing your socks and shoes may not require any assistance in the months to come. Releasing endorphins through each massage session may control some of the symptoms felt from the Addison’s disease and it will actually allow you to feel good. An elbow placed over top of the sheet and into your gluteal muscle along with rotation of the limb will loosen and unkink any adhesions in those tissues. It will increase your range of motion, improve posture, and you will look forward to this massage technique more than the steroid shots you receive in that same area.

You will get way more mileage from compression work as the heels of the hands are placed on your muscle bellies to shift and unblock energy and thumb pressure on source points along specific energy paths that correspond to the body’s organs. By dispersing trapped or blocked energy along the body’s energy paths, your organs will function better. The digestive problems you’ve been having may seem like they are less of an obstacle because organs like the lung, large intestine, stomach and spleen have been nourished with healing energy, stretching, and finger pressure.

Consider this a sports massage session to help with those old sports injuries from playing football with your family. Plain water in-take after each massage session will release a lot of the toxins in your body. As much plain water in-take as possible will rid your body of the toxins created from the arsenal of medications you take every day. You may find that they only complicate your health issues and it may be best to try and reduce the number of medications. Take it day by day.

You’ve shown incredible strength in your ability to conceal your pain and take the country in the right direction. The grogginess, depression and occasional mood swing brought about from the side effects of your medication hasn’t made the journey easier. Migraines seem to be a part of the struggle to stay strong and remain focused. A scalp massage and pressure point work on the face will address tension headaches, migraine headaches, and sinus problems keeping them at bay for a longer period of time. The serotonin released in your brain during regular massage sessions can lift depression and clear away haziness in the brain.

“The issues are in the tissues,” is a phrase I have come to know and understand as a body worker. We hold emotions in our tissues and look towards a massage session that will relieve tension and promote better health. The goal is to improve your well-being, making you less dependent on medications and the need for your back brace. -CLS

Why is the Blue Wax Hard to Find?

We waxed a client recently who had just visited Body Restoration Spa for the first time. She moved to Philadelphia seven years ago. She loved the Blue Wax and her wax tech in the city where she had previously lived used the Blue Wax. Brazilian waxes were never that painful for her until she moved to Philadelphia. She admitted that she had not consulted any online review sites as to where to get a Brazilian wax. She hopped from wax salon to wax salon enduring strip wax and had always inquired about the Blue Wax when speaking with her wax tech. She was told time and time again that “…the Blue Wax is horrible; it breaks the hairs at the surface and causes ingrown hairs.” However, all of these drawbacks seemed to be the result of strip wax, not the Blue. She realized she had taken the Blue Wax for granted and figured it was used everywhere prior to relocating to Philadelphia.

Upon meeting her at our Philadelphia day spa, she spoke of missed hairs, and how she listened to the frustration of each wax tech telling her that her hairs are not coming up because they are too coarse or too deeply rooted. In fact, there were coarse hairs and there were nubby hairs that were too short. There were also very light hairs that were very difficult to see. I explained that sometimes Brazilian waxing is a process. It may take a few visits until the area is resurfaced to a smooth feeling. I also informed her not to shave and to observe all of the protocols on our web site so that her wax visit is as tolerable as possible.

The results were much more positive this time around using the Blue Wax. It seemed like a standard Brazilian Wax with a few extra re-applications here and there capturing hard-to-see blonde, coarse hairs that every wax tech she visited had missed. I showed her each piece of Blue that I had peeled and they were loaded with papillae (the white bulbs) of the hairs that were pulled from the root. There was barely any redness and she told me it was so much less painful that what she had been experiencing for the last seven years.
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The moral to the story: If someone tells you the Blue Wax isn’t a good product, they either haven’t mastered the use of it or they received a Brazilian wax from someone who hadn’t mastered the use of it. The Blue Wax is expensive to carry and takes time to learn – more time to learn than soft wax because you need to learn how to build the peel-able edge. There are also the drying times for each piece once it has been applied to the skin.

Some wax techs will complain that using the Blue Wax takes too long and they will comment that they can service twice the amount of people a day if they just use the soft wax. This may be true for them but there will be nothing remarkable about the waxes they are giving. A “wham-bam-thank you-ma’am” wax only feels good to the person doing it, not the person receiving it. You’re making lots of money but the person getting up from the wax table may look elsewhere if a) each pull was rushed, b) she feels sticky and raw after it, c) she proceeds to walk home with clothing fibers caked to her bikini area, d) it grows in weird or patchy or twisted or springy, e) or there are missed hairs.

Soothing Summer Spa Treatments at Body Restoration

Everyone loves the summer sun but it can take a major toll on the skin due to prolonged exposure. It’s important to take time to hydrate and relax so you can look your best. Stop in to Body Restoration and try some of these rejuvenating treatments that are perfect for summer skin:

Back Facial: The shower can only provide so much cleansing and rinsing of the back, so the accumulation of shampoo, conditioning residues, and perspiration can add to a neglected appearance. Exfoliation, extractions, massage therapy, and steam are intensely therapeutic for such a hard to reach area.

Paraffin treatment: Soothe your hands and feet in a warmed paraffin wax to condition your skin, nails and cuticles. This treatment also improves skin color, eases stiffness and discomfort in joints, and improves skin color.

Restoration Facial: Experience the unique cleansing system developed to gently and effectively cleanse while leaving your skin hydrated and balanced.  Tailored to your unique skin care needs, smooth, soft and supple skin will be clearly visible after this treatment. The regenerative difference that natural botanicals can make will leave you with radiant, luminous skin.

Exfoliating Body Scrub: Smooth away dull surface debris and restore vital nutrients to tired skin.  A deep-cleansing scrub creamy enough to be moisturizing on its own, is massaged all over the body and an application of a body hydrating cream will smooth and condition the skin.

Aromatherapy Massage: The application of pure essential oils that penetrates into the bloodstream and has therapeutic effects on the body. The Energizing blend is perfect for after-vacation rejuvenation: Targets fatigue, lack of mental alertness and nasal congestion with Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, and Sage oils.