Smooth Synergy’s menu of age-defying and non-invasive treatments has gained recognition from renowned media outlets, including Gotham, Avenue, and Vanity Fair. Fine lines and wrinkles meet an untimely end after Botox treatments; laser hair-removal sessions give unwanted fuzz the boot; and body wraps help reduce cellulite and promote confidence in one’s birthday suit. The center backs up this list of services with a high-powered staff—an M.D. leads the staff full time, while experienced aestheticians perform the medically-focused treatments with care and precision. These professionals use medical-grade products including Smooth Synergy private-label makeup and skincare products from Glytone, Avène, and SkinMedica that can also be purchased for at-home maintenance.
On select Friday and Saturday nights, Project Playdate opens its doors and arms to young ones for three-hour bouts of evening childcare. Designed to allow parents a night out without having to find a babysitter, the not-for-profit organization hosts drop-off evening-care pajama parties for children aged 2 to 6. In a caregiver-to-child ratio of 1:3, professional nannies lead little ones in activities such as story time, arts and crafts, and dancing, all designed for optimum tuckering out before bedtime. Each event is also punctuated by a dinner of all-natural, whole-food pizza, which accommodates specific food needs and is capped with a feature film.
This summer, Project Playdate is taking its evening care model and adding some sunshine to bring you drop off daytime playdates. These three-hour playdates might visit locations such as the Central Park Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Tribeca Children’s Museum of the Arts.
All proceeds from Project Playdate events are paid forward to fuel social change and help at-risk young mothers.
Rebuff your digits' hard hats with today's gentlemanly side deal. For $28, you get a spa manicure and pedicure at Nickel Spa for Men in Chelsea, a $54 value. This two-story center of masculine spa services is futuristically designed, with chrome walls and a coolly painted and lit interior to make bucking stallions feel at ease. The sophisticated feel translates to your treatment, in which gnarly claws are remastered into works of body art without crossing the line into femininity. This makes a great gift for the guy in your life who is used to keeping his nails kempt via a tooth trim. Gents, pick up this Groupon to see what it's like to be the one being pampered for once.
Inside a warm, quiet room with soft music notes floating in the air, Licensed Massage Therapist Lisa Giudici customizes therapeutic massages to reduce knots of tension and stress. The kneading sessions kicks off with a brief consultation, during which Lisa asks about health history, areas of pain, and beliefs in the existence of Antarctica. Next, her healing hands apply pressure to tender tendons, reducing muscle tightness, improving circulation, and alleviating pain. Lisa’s flexible fingers target specific muscular malcontents, and by the end of the session, guests strut out of the soothery brimming with increased joint flexibility and new stores of energy that can temporarily power failing jet packs.
The stylists at Top Secret Salon & Spa are perfectionists, so they’re committed to making their clients look and feel as great as possible. They beautify customers with a full array of hair, skin, and nail services, including airbrush makeup, Japanese straightening and Brazilian keratin hair-smoothing treatments, and detoxifying facials. They use top hair products from brands such as Moroccanoil, Redken, and Paul Mitchell.
To ensure that they’re on the same page as the client, each visit includes a consultation to discuss desired looks and favorite non-realist literature post World War II.
Licensed massage therapist Ken Samarra owns Samarra Massage, a private massage and relaxation studio on University Ave. Here, he offers customized spa bodywork, ranging from The Bliss—a one-hour full-body relaxation massage—to shiatsu, a Japanese acupressure massage designed to relieve chronic stress and tension. Have a deep-tissue massage, a hot-stone treatment, or unwind during a couples massage at this calming, quiet studio.