• Feel lost at the grocery store because you don’t know what’s what? Some help: The folks at Prevention saw fit to name 100 packaged foods that that they consider “clean” (Note: This is not the same as low-cal; it just means these things aren’t full of, say, Yellow 5.) [Prevention]
I did triple take this morning when a I got a press release about a new saltwater floatation spa that just opened at 209 West Girard Avenue. Yes, a floatation spa.
It’s called Halcyon Floats, a self-described “two-tank isolation spa in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia,” according to the press release. (Note: Our real estate gurus over on Property say the ‘hood is technically South Kensington, but … moving on.) The treatments work thusly: You’re lowered into a tank containing 10 inches of Epsom salt-laced water, whereupon you float in peace and quiet for 90 minutes. The water is so salty, apparently, that you become more buoyant than you would be if you floated on the Dead Sea.
I’d hoped that by now, March 4th, we wouldn’t have to be talking about cold-weather survival tips. But since forecasts are calling for weather in the 30s for the next few days, which means my hair will continue to resemble Albert Einstein’s for the foreseeable future, I thought we should talk about static and how awful it is. Because it is awful, am I right?
Luckily, our friends over on Shoppist sleuthed out five strategies for beating static cling and crazy staticky hair, three of which I had never heard of before reading their post. So thanks, Shoppist! And consider yourselves informed, Be Wellers.
Now, let’s all resume pining for warm springtime weather.
If you’re a fan of Pilates, you probably know what the Megaformer machine is. You may even speak of it in hushed, reverent tones, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve been silently wishing for the day when a studio with a Megaformer machine would come to our area.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, know this: The Megaformer is a 10-foot-long, 250-pound, super-sized Pilates reformer machine “on steroids,” as one writer puts it. It allows you to work lots of muscles at once and promises to give you more bang for your workout buck, both time-wise and results-wise. Check out the video above to see it in action.
Pennsylvania—yes, the entire state thereof—will see its very first Megaformer machine when Wayne’s Plank Studio opens on April 7th. Spokesperson Leslie Padilla says the studio will “put Pure Barre and Lithe Method to test.” Look out.
Good news, Shamrock Shake lovers—Philly’s Sip-N-Glo Juicery just debuted a healthier alternative to your Mickey D’s fave.
The Bella Vista juice cafe is now serving up a new minty smoothie just in time for St. Paddy’s day. Called the Lucky Clover, it only has five ingredients, including fresh mint leaves, raw vanilla beans, cashews, bananas and almond milk.
“But it’s not the same!” you say. I know, I know. But just in case you forgot, your good friend the Shamrock Shake isn’t doing you any favors in the calorie department, and it features a laundry list of weird ingredients, including the oh-so-green Shamrock Shake Syrup that contains color additives like Yellow 5 and Blue 1. So hey, the Lucky Clover it’s more than worth a shot, right? And who knows, you might even get lucky with this one—lame pun intended.
The temps are going to dip into the teens tonight once the sun goes down, so you can forget about your running plans. How about this for a fun alternative sweat session? Psychedelic Yoga in Old City, a vinyasa class set to trippy tunes from Pink Floyd, Sleep and more.
The bring-your-own-mat class kicks off at 7 p.m. at HyLo Boutique, an event space on North Third Street just below Vine. It’s $10 cash for the class. More info is here on Facebook.