Although it's been made immune to fire, the human body is still susceptible to injury from well-aimed éclairs and the constant grind of walking upright. Revive a worn soul sack with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a spa sampler package (a $120 value) at Essential Therapy. A sampler package includes a 45-minute massage and a four-week bath pass.
Essential Therapy—founded by former massage therapist for the New York Mets, Carlos Araque—harnesses the positive power of massage to clean dead leaves of lethargy out of its clients' holistic gutters. Choose from one of several massage styles, including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and shiatsu (only the hot-stone massage is excluded from this deal). After hornet's nests of hurt and spider webs of stress have been swept from the contours of your body's crawl spaces, continue rejuvenating over the course of a four-week bath pass (your pass will be activated on the day of your massage). The pass grants access to Essential Therapy's sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi. Groupon holders will also receive a $30 coupon when they arrive for their massage. This coupon can be used toward any facial at Essential Therapy.
Essential Therapy coaxes energy-restoring tranquility from the ether of 5,000 square feet of feng shui space. Candlelit passages, silk-adorned floors, and trickling water walls bring to mind the mountaintop temple in India where rap artists often film music videos about reading. Couples seeking synchronized serenity can each get a Groupon and request for their massages to take place together. Or, you can purchase multiple Groupons to pamper yourself. Call ahead to schedule your massage.
- The downstairs quarters are cool and spacious—low bamboo ceilings and plush velvet floors notwithstanding—and include five treatment rooms for targeted, customized massage: ET’s signature style combines Swedish, Shiatsu, and deep tissue, though therapists also specialize in craniosacral, medical, and prenatal. – Sarah Walker, New York magazine
The holistic practitioners at Essential Therapy NY strive to align body and mind through massage and custom, organic facials. A gurgling waterfall greets each guest as senses explore a studio whose feng shui evokes the grounds of East and South Asian temples. Across five treatment rooms, muscle masons deliver 10 relaxing and therapeutic massage modalities augmented by breathing techniques such as "inhaling" and "exhaling." For visage revivification, skin specialists coddle faces with organic ingredients in products from Hungarian line Éminence Organic Skin Care. The studio also offers accoutrements such as a Jacuzzi, sauna, and dual-purpose steam room and bagel oven.