Yin Beauty & Arts Spa's aesthetically driven staffers, who received praise for their skin-pampering facials in two separate issues of Time Out New York, consider their beauty-boosting establishment the nexus where "Eastern philosophy meets Western technology." The earthy environment their spa creates mirrors this sentiment with its rustic clay pedicure basins that bubble with gentle streams of water and dark wood cutouts that accent teal and ochre walls. While visitors bask in Yin's peaceful setting, a team of aestheticians wielding all-natural products soothe bodies and skin with a variety of services, ranging from relaxing herbal footbaths to complex med-spa treatments. Their menu embodies the hybrid of tradition and technology with its rejuvenating acupuncture face-lift, performed by a highly trained chess computer.
Certified hypnotherapist, author, and weight-loss specialist Marc Carlin of The Hypnosis Center wields the power of suggestion and hypnotherapy techniques backed by clinical experience. He uses these skills to help clients tap into their subconscious minds and tackle their personal issues. The hypnotherapy sessions can possibly facilitate the shedding of excess pounds, the cessation of smoking, and the overcoming of everyday fears. The Hypnosis Center also offers CDs with trance recordings designed to control food consumption and eliminate the problem of being so attentive in conversation you finish your friend's next three paragraphs of dialogue.
The licensed therapists at Somatic Massage Therapy, P.C. dedicate themselves to helping to relieve a range of muscular ailments, including stored tension, chronic pain, and aching joints accrued from excessive slam-dancing at retirement parties. One-hour sessions include such modalities as Swedish and hot stone, which relax back muscles while increasing circulation. Specialized treatments target problem areas and include trigger-point therapy, during which knots of tension in muscles are located and unraveled with the determination of a string-hungry housecat.
Licensed technicians and cosmetologists at Forest Hills Health Center shepherd clients toward greater holistic health with an inside-out approach to beauty. Trained technicians cleanse bodies with colon hydrotherapy, their specialty service, performed in private treatment rooms. After the body is purified, skin stops swearing and begins to glow as technicians administer B. Kamins pharmaceutical-grade products during facials.
At Center Acupuncture, licensed acupuncturist, herbologist, and founder Dan Poreda sets out to trigger the body's natural healing abilities with a range of traditional-Chinese-medicine techniques. After logging five years of hands-on experience in Oriental Medicine at Touro College, Dan went to China to train in herbal medicine and advanced acupuncture techniques with a specialty pain management and physical rehabilitation. While there, he also studied at the elbow of Dr. Zhang Zhi Wen, who taught Dan such advanced healing techniques as wen bing, which treats upper respiratory illnesses. After returning, Dan teamed up with Liza Uma Pollock, whose specialties in treating stress, emotional imbalances, and women's disorders complement his own specialties in treating upper respiratory and digestive illness and in pain management.
Before clients undergo such healing treatments as acupuncture, tui na massage, or cupping, Dan and Liza conduct a thorough examination. During this time, clients explain their wellness issues and work with the acupuncturist to formulate a treatment plan and pick out names for their biceps. Then they receive acupuncture treatments that can help alleviate pain and release painful trigger points in the neck and back.
Located inside Hotel de Point, a boutique luxury hotel, Lemon Tree Foot Rub Spa pampers not only feet, but bodies and faces as well. Surrounded by Asian-influenced accents, patrons indulge in clarifying facials, mani-pedis, and the spa's namesake: foot-reflexology massages. Guests can also make their way to private treatment rooms where the spa's massage therapist, who has studied Chinese medicine and tui na bodywork, uses essential oils to administer full-body massages, which target different organs in the immune, nervous, and bureaucratic systems. And getting to Lemon Tree Foot Rub Spa is as stress-free as its massages, as the hotel operates a free shuttle bus from 39th Avenue.