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4 earthy spa treatments to help you slough off winter and welcome spring

Ready to slough off wintry lethargy and dullness to emerge refreshed and renewed for spring?  In keeping with the coming season, indulge in these luxurious treatments at top Philly spas that incorporate earthy elements of mud, salt, rock and botanicals to detoxify, relax, energize and replenish your body, mind and soul.

Magical Mud

Find the door tucked to the left of the Apple store on bustling Walnut Street, head down the narrow corridor and take the elevator to the third floor. Step out to soft music playing, pass through the serene reception room and let the clamor of the city fall away as you enter the warm golden glow of Body Restoration Spa. As an appointment-only spa dedicated solely to skin and body treatments (no noisy hair dryers or chemical nail services), Body Restoration is a tranquil oasis in the middle of the city. While here, try the Tapas Escape, a two-hour sampling of the spa’s services. 

Included are a dry-brush exfoliation, marine mud body wrap, 30-minute facial, shower, 30-minute stress-reducing body massage and firming body gel application. In this relaxing and restorative menu, mud is the magical ingredient—a mineral-rich mix of seaweed, algae powder and marine mud that offers powerful detoxification and replenishment. It’s just what your winter-weary skin craves.

1611 Walnut St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 215.569.9599

Body Restoration Spa, Philadelphia
Enter into complete relaxation at Body Restoration Spa. (Courtesy of Body Restoration Spa)

Salt of the Earth

A thousand tiny lights twinkle overhead, essential oils permeate the air and a warm bed of salt conforms to your curves as you lie upon a moisturizing and circulation-boosting herbal body wrap. Beside you, your loved one shares in the bliss. After there might be massages, reflexology, facials, sips of champagne on the chaises—all in a private suite for two at Le Rêve Rittenhouse Day Spa.  Rêve means “dream” in French and, accordingly, the spa serves up some dreamy treats.  Couples Packages offer an exotic escape with your choice of indulgences in three luxurious suites. 

Request the Aromatherapy Salt Room to enjoy the healing chromatherapy lighting, aromatherapy/chromatherapy steam shower and unique custom-made Himalayan Salt Thermo bed. Salt is said to have myriad healing properties (like balancing PH, boosting metabolism and reducing joint inflammation); here it even lines the walls (so as to absorb negative energy). When combined with 98-degree heat on the bed, the salt simply melts every tension away.

255 S. 17th St., Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA, 215.563.8888  

Aromatherapy Salt Room at Le Rêve Rittenhouse Day Spa, Philadelphia.
The Aromatherapy Salt Room at La Rêve Rittenhouse Day Spa offers a multitude of healing properties. (Courtesy of La Rêve)

Hot Rocks & Flowing Energy

Nothing says natural relaxation quite like hot stones.  

At Total Serenity Day Spa, the à la carte menu lets you add Hot Stone to any massage.  Brought to the perfect temperature by your technician, the smooth lava rocks pull toxins from the body while their warmth penetrates muscles, bringing blood to the surface and increasing circulation. Essential oils infused into the stones deepen the experience. Choose from a menu of moods, such as “Relaxation” or “Rejuvenation,” a blend of bacteria-fighting citrus and wild orange that gives a boost of energy akin to eating a juicy orange.

An energizing element can also be found in the layout of the spa itself.  Here massage beds are separated by sliding partitions open at the top so as not to block the healing flow of shared energy. (Though, if you prefer, a private room is available.) It’s part of Total Serenity’s holistic approach to wellness that considers body, mind, soul and surroundings.

2100 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.557.0678  

Total Serenity Day Spa, Philadelphia
Hot stones and essential oils are just the beginning at Total Serenity Day Spa. (Courtesy of Total Serenity Day Spa)

Ancient Botanical Wisdom Meets New Technology

Named for the year Egyptians refined the use of pure botanicals, 3000BC is a WellMed spa that combines the best of plant and pharma.  With a doctor on staff and their own product line, the spa offers complete customization of treatment and product.  Try their mix of natural and tech with the purifying and revitalizing 3000BC Signature Facial. 

First-time clients begin with a complimentary Visia Skin Analysis, a device that photographs beneath the surface to accurately assess your skin’s condition. Anti-aging treatment, deep cleaning with awakening citrus gel, extraction, neck/shoulder massage and lip treatment follow. Afterwards, relax in the Inhalation Room, a cozy, semi-private space where a “synergy of the month” pure essential oil mix is diffused into the air. 

This botanical blend is also incorporated into treatments to inspire a harmony of body, mind and spirit. Perhaps you’ll experience “Still,” a calming combo with lavender, lavandin, rose, iris root and ylang ylang to soothe the soul. You’ll leave replenished outside and in, renewed and ready for Spring.

8439 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215.247.6020 

3000BC Spa, Philadelphia
Customize any treatment to your needs at 3000BC WellMed Spa. (Courtesy of 3000BC)