HOLIDAY HELP: 5 Amazing Massages for Less

Now, just when you’re spending money on everyone else, is the time your harried holiday body needs a little TLC more than ever. Here, five spots to score a massage that won’t break your gift-buying budget

Vital Touch Massage
You’ve probably seen their ergonomic chairs at the King of Prussia Mall (there are two locations, one’s on the Plaza side, first floor, between Madwell and ExpressMen; the other’s on the Court side, also on the first floor, near Bloomingdale’s Court), and you’ve probably also noticed that there are always at least a few people with their faces plopped into them, blissfully unaware of the shopping scurry swirling around them. That’s because these people are good (my Aunt, a KOP shopaholic, SWEARS by them), and it’s only a dollar per minute. From now until January 1st, 2010, mentioning Healthy Life knocks off 20 percent. So deal with the slight face print and let yourself relax mid-shopping session. It’ll make you feel way more energetic than anything in the food court ever could.
160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, 610-265-5727,;

Celebrity Massage
There are no frills at this recently opened spot, but the hands of the their masseuses are just as apt as any full-service spa clinician, and you can score a full-body, hour-long massage for a $55, complete with hot stones that warm up stiff, sore muscles. And because it’s right on Ridge Avenue in the Plymouth Square Shopping Center, you can pop over to Genuardi’s for a few groceries or head here after the lines at the Target on Chemical Road have worn away your last bit of resolve to spread holiday cheer. Readers who mention Healthy Life when they book a massage from now until January 1st, 2010, will receive a special Healthy Life discount.
Plymouth Square Shopping Center, 200 West Ridge Pike, L202, Conshohocken, 484-351-8195,

If you need to treat yourself a bit before you continue to treat others, hop over to this Zen-inducing medi-spa for a bit of stress relief. A 50-minute Swedish starts at $105, but readers who mention Healthy Life when they book a massage from now until January 1st will receive 20 percent off. Which makes it a much more doable $84.
8439 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-6020; 605 West Lancaster Avenue, Radnor, 484-367-1000,

Ryah Yoga and Health
This calming yoga studio also has tucked-away massage rooms, and from now until January 1, 2010, they’re offering readers who bring a copy of this Healthy Life newsletter 20 percent off any massage from now until January 1st. That makes their $80, 60-minute massage only $64. (Not valid with any other promotion; Present printed email to redeem offer.)
424 E. Elm Street, Conshohocken, 610-834-1551,

Massage Arts Center of Philadelphia
Book your mid-December appointment at this Queen Village school today. Thanks to MACP’s low, low prices, from $35 for a 60-minute massage with an experienced student to $65 for a four-handed massage from two seasoned pros (still a bargain), and the limited availability of appointments—only 16 time slots per practitioner per week—spots, even weekdays, tend to fill up well ahead of time. But planning ahead is worth it. It’s just a nice, friendly, wholesome, holistic place, in a doctor’s office-meets-night-school-meets-Whole Foods kind of way, the kind of place you could—and could afford to—make a habit out of.
519 South 4th Street, 267-321-0260 or 267-321-0200,