7 Places to Go Around Philly If the Holidays Stress You Out
Stress relief isn't far away at these seven spas, gyms, and spots for self-care in Philly.
While the holiday season may be the happiest time of the year, it often comes with a lot of unwelcome guests, including stress. From getting the ideal gift for all of your loved ones to making your home look like a winter wonderland and cooking meals that rival a Stephen Starr restaurant, there are plenty of things that can keep you up at night. Feeling stressed already? No need to fret — we’ve scouted some of the best places in Philly for some much-needed R&R.
Whether your punching a boxing bag or getting your chakras aligned with a reiki treatment, you can get prepared for the holidays without ripping your hair out. Check out our guide to the places that’ll help provide some stress relief this season.
1856 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown
Name a better place to de-stress than a place with just one rule: Good Vibes Only. Situated in Fishtown, Vitality Meditation is a great place to escape the holiday hustle and to seek out stress relief. They offer a variety of meditation classes that focus on different aspects of letting go, so whether you just need to breathe, have a happy mind, or an open heart, they’ve got you covered. Pay $10 for a first time drop-in or really get in the spirit and pay $99 for a 10-class pass.
243 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills
The family-owned Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa offers a host of services that will take your mind off of the festivities without breaking the bank. One stand-out service is their soft pack floats. During the $130 treatment, you’ll be exfoliated, scrubbed, decorated in mud, and wrapped like a present. But wait, there’s more! From there you’ll float for an hour in pressure-free cushion water. Say it with me: Ahhh. Can’t make it to Glen Mills? There’s another location in Springfield.
2012 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square
If you aren’t afraid of a little poke here and there, try Healing Arts Community Acupuncture in Rittenhouse Square. The ancient art of acupuncture is a great way to rid yourself of the holiday jitters because it focuses on tackling your stress areas head-on. Treatments are $45 per session, and if you can’t make it to their Rittenhouse location, they have other locations in Old City, Bryn Mawr, and King of Prussia.
600 Clark Avenue, King of Prussia
What if you could do yoga, floatation therapy, and a massage all under one roof? Well, you can now at the new Stillpoint Yoga Float in King of Prussia. The yoga classes range from heated vinyasa to a restorative flow, priced at $18 for a drop-in class. After, head to the Epsom-salt-filled float tank for a 60 ($60) or 90-minute ($70) float. If you need something more personalized, choose between a 30-minute deep-tissue massage ($70), a 90-minute relaxation massage ($140), or any of the other services to help with stress relief found here.
1170 S. Broad Street, Point Breeze and 400 Commerce Drive Fort Washington
It’s a fact of life that it’s hard to hold on to stress when you’re shaking your hips to Beyoncé. Given that Alexis Rose Xperience’s dance cardio classes have you focused on choreography (rather than your to-do list), it’s easy to let things go in these 60-minute sessions. Classes are $25 for a drop-in, and the workouts pop up at a studio in Fort Washington on Tuesdays and Saturdays and in Point Breeze on Sundays.
2101 Market Street, Center City
Okay, so maybe you just need to punch the stress away — and that’s totally doable at the new Title Boxing Club in Center City. At this club, you’ll get a mix of one-on-one attention from the boxing coaches and time spent on the heavy bags during eight three-minute rounds. A drop-in class will run you $30, and the hour-long session is all you need to clear your head.
1034 Pine Street, Center City
Alone time is always important. However, sometimes you get by with a little help from your friends. Instead of holding in everything that’s bothering you this holiday season, why not call up your closest friends for a night out in the city (and a little vent session). Wax + Wine is a BYOB spot where you create your own custom candle while sipping on your favorite wine. It’s a 75-minute long process (plenty of time to vent) and you can make a candle for $35 or two candles for $45.