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.
Dr. Michelle Copeland, a Harvard-schooled plastic surgeon, brings more than 20 years of surgical experience to her Manhattan practice and a passion for healthy complexions to her self-titled skincare line. In her office located across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Copeland nips, tucks, and augments, and also zaps wrinkles, fat, veins, and body hair with noninvasive laser treatments. Dermal fillers plump and firm laugh crevasses and frown valleys, as microdermabrasion and therapeutic facials leave skin as youthful and glowing as a baby lightning bug.
Dr. Copeland originally developed her namesake skincare line to treat her patients’ need, but with such successful results, she now peddles her healing serums and salves to the public. From mild, nonfoaming cleansers to exfoliating alpha-hydroxyl creams, these regimens help fight the signs of aging and quench thirsty pores. An August 2011 Lucky magazine giveaway featured 1-ounce pots of Emerge facelift cream, each round jar chock-full of lavender aroma, antioxidant compounds, and collagen-boosting elves.
It’s been more than ten years since the staff at Day Spa Gata saw the first glowing, relaxed client walk out their door, and it has since become a regular sight. That’s because the day spa offers an expansive variety of services meant to relax, beautify, and renew each guest who enters their tranquil spa, replete with complimentary consultations. In the massage area, bodies bask in modalities such as aromatherapy, deep tissue, and Russian sport massage, which tends to muscles before or after a tough workout or skirmish with the Ottoman Empire. Body scrubs buff away dead skin cells and stimulate circulation, while body wraps nourish skin with decadent formulas made from chocolate, dead sea mud, algae, or volcanic ash. In skincare rooms, specialists refine complexions with eight traditional facials and cutting-edge treatments that incorporate ultrasound, glycolic acids, or microdermabrasion crystals to reveal more youthful skin.
It doesn’t look like much, but regulars swear by this tiny and unassuming massage practice on the Upper West Side. Super Magic Fingers offers tui na, an intense massage technique that has roots in Chinese medicine and martial arts. Tucked into the first floor of a residential building between Amsterdam and Columbus, the practice is quite small and offers little in the way of ambiance, choosing instead to focus on the work itself. Thinly separated rooms offer a modicum of privacy, while the nearby reception area is relatively spartan, listing out the timed offerings at the front counter. English is a second language here, but a few simple gestures should have you tucked into a 30, 60 or 90 minute massage in no time.
Licensed acupuncturist Brian Salazar's dedication to helping others live healthy lifestyles goes beyond his years of study to obtain a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Education. At all Red Dragon Acupuncture locations, Brian and his team use traditional, auricular, and neurofunctional acupuncture to treat a variety of ailments including musculoskeletal disorders, pain management, and emotional disorders.
Private yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist Tracey Palmer helms Fifth Element Wellness, where she offers a variety of healing arts. She leads sessions in restorative, prenatal, and beginner yoga, helping her clients experience calm and flexibility. She also offers Swedish massages, deep-tissue massages, and craniosacral therapy.
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