Maybe you woke up with a pinched nerve and can barely get out of bed. Or maybe you have exactly one free hour in your day?not enough time to travel to the spa and back. These are just a few great reasons to use Zeel, an app that allows you to book and prepay for a same-day massages in your own home, hotel, or other locations in as little as an hour's notice. After specifying type and length of service (and therapist gender, if you wish), Zeel dispatches an excellent massage therapist from its network of licensed, vetted, and insured practitioners. Therapists can perform a variety of modalities, ranging from Swedish, to deep-tissue, to prenatal. Not only is it convenient, but it can also be more relaxing than treating your massage like just another errand, especially if you play your own music or already live in a spa. The app has already seen tons of press since its 2013 release, making fans of editors at Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, and Men's Journal.
Licensed massage therapist Douglas Macon has come a long way since he was a hyperactive 6-year-old whose antics occasionally stressed his parents out. To dissipate some of his excess energy, the frazzled couple introduced him to jogging and yoga. These two activities would serve as the first steps on his path toward a career in the healing arts—a turn of events they might not have seen coming.
Years later, Douglas earned his license in massage therapy and his certification to teach Vinyasa flow yoga. Though he traces his journey back to childhood, it continues to evolve with each new skill he takes on. He recently added a reiki certification to his resume, and today—when he isn’t soothing muscles with medical, deep-tissue, and sports massages, to name a few—he continues to work toward becoming a personal trainer. While his extensive list of services continues to attract new clients, Douglas has built a dedicated following based on his personal approach and his impressive ability to juggle up to six bottles of eucalyptus massage oil at once.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Most popular service: Acupuncture
Brands Used: Serin needles, Japanese golden moxa
Boris Shapiro grew up in the Soviet Union with a fascination with martial arts and Eastern medical practices instilled in him at an early age. He initially pursued Western medicine as a career, and in an attempt to broaden his abilities, he began incorporating Eastern practices into his work. However, after earning his medical doctorate, he decided to abandon his traditional Western practice, and headed to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York to earn a degree in acupuncture. He has since studied under countless acupuncture experts, and applies his knowledge one needle at a time, working to help his patients maintain overall wellness. Among many other ailments, his treatments are designed to address back pain, stress, fatigue, and depression.
Jackie Alder has been passionate about beauty since she was a kid. She's taken her love of beauty to the next level at Ocean 7 Skincare Spa, where she and her team enhance appearances with facials, slimming body wraps, hair and eyelash extensions, and waxing. In addition to sprucing up clients, Ocean 7 helps them relax. Upon their arrival, clients change into fluffy spa robes and slippers, and then head to the relaxation room to unwind with tea, coffee, and refreshments.
Well-being gets a well-rounded boost from Forever Young Sport Spa's more than 25 Pilates and yoga instructors, licensed massage therapists, aestheticians, and personal trainers, all of whom work together to calm bodies and minds with in-home and studio spa services. Skilled hands hush whining necks and shoulders with eight modalities of massage, including aromatherapy with eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oils and a shiatsu technique that stimulates the body's meridians with pressure and acupuncture. Custom facials punch away at pore-clogging dirt and debris, and sauna wraps help remove toxins and boost metabolism.
Taught by nationally certified instructors, Pilates and yoga group classes include beginner and intermediate reformer, cardio boot camp reformer, advanced reformer, and studio mat classes. The spa's spacious studio complements the flowing movements with simple designs in pale, earthy tones. Additional personal-training sessions eliminate the need to paint muscles on otherwise nice T-shirts.
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.