The Thai massage and facial treatments at Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa have received glowing praise from New York magazine and the New York Times, respectively, with the latter publication calling one of the salon's aestheticians “one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets.” A-list celebrities, including Penélope Cruz and Christy Turlington, visit to receive exfoliating treatments and in-depth facials with high-end products from Shiseido, qiora, and La Mer.
Founder Paul Labrecque treats his male and female clientele as friends and personally trains his staff in customer service and hand-to-hand combat against split ends. In addition to soothing skin during facials and microdermabrasion treatments, staffers massage muscles in eight different modalities. Their Eastern-inspired healing treatments, such as reiki and rolfing, honor the connection between the mind and body, and the salon and spa’s full list of services puts finishing touches on exteriors with haircare, makeup, and waxing, among other treatments. Each location hosts a separate, private men's salon that's part barbershop, part gentleman's club, and part knitting circle.
Just entering Awakening New York is often enough to soothe stressed-out visitors. In fact, they might find it hard to get past the reception area, where soft lighting and long padded benches piled with pillows seem to signal naptime. If winding down is indeed what they're there for, they can climb up onto a massage table draped in Zen decor and candlelight, or ease into a steam heaven with massaging jets whose waters are infused with soothing salts and oils. A more active approach to serenity is found in the holistic center, where yoga, pilates, and body sculpting instructors from a wide variety of backgrounds help students incorporate a fitness practice into their lifestyles rather than overdoing it just until they can fit into a smaller dress size or that intriguing ventilation duct they've been eyeing. After class, students refuel at the café, whose salads, sandwiches, and smoothies—most made with natural ingredients—deliver comforting flavors while remaining light. A number of holistic healing modalities are also available, including iridology, craniosacral therapy, aura and chakra cleansing, and more.
The skin experts at Loripak Beauty Spa clear complexions using sophisticated chemical blends and high-tech machinery. Aestheticians customize facials and body treatments with natural ingredients, wielding detoxifying seaweed and vitamins A and C. The nutrients help strengthen collagen and purge pores that refuse to give up their miniature donut holes. The spa also offers high-powered treatments that draw from clinical-grade methods such as red-light therapy, salicylic acid peels, and gentle microdermabrasion.
Even though it has “yoga” in its moniker, Reflections Yoga is much more than just a studio for studying the ancient Eastern practice. Led by its founder Paula Tursi, the relaxation emporium beckons visitors to its 2nd floor, loft-style studio for a slate of wellness offerings that focus on connecting the mind, body, and spirit without using a cosmic lasso. In addition to studying yoga, visitors can attend healing workshops, bask in massage services, and learn about healthy eating during nutrition classes.