CNY Healing Arts blends Eastern holistic therapies with Western medicinal treatments to calm and coddle clients. Soothe stressed out sinew during a customized massage that can increase circulation, reduce tension, and alleviate headaches and back pain. An acupuncture session utilizes carefully placed needles that may help balance hormones, loosen-up blood flow, and stimulate the body’s self-repairing services. To rejuvenate weathered skin, opt for a classic facial, personalized by an expert aesthetician who will make skin shimmer like the surface of a lake at twilight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it.
In place of aromatherapy oils, prescription medications, and invasive surgeries, the team of licensed chiropractors and massage therapists at USA Massage & Chiropractic rely on holistic treatment modalities that target the symptoms as well as the underlying causes of chronic pain. The therapists begin by identifying each client's particular needs, pinpointing the locations of everything from knotted muscles to misaligned discs. From there, they recommend a personalized treatment regimen that can incorporate spinal-decompression therapy, chiropractor-directed massages, or any number of pain-alleviating procedures. Regardless of the specific modality, every treatment has the same goal—to help clients return to an unencumbered, pain-free lifestyle.
Tucked onto the second floor of a boutique hotel that was once a printer house, InkSpa invites clients to relax amid eco-friendly surroundings. It’s no wonder that New York Magazine highly praised the spa, noting it “exceeds one’s expectations.” Inside, clients gaze upon bronze-accented decor and photographs from local artist Michael Palladino as they make their way to private locker rooms where plush bathrobes and sandals await. From there, pairs can retreat to the couple’s suite for a rejuvenating massage—perhaps with foot reflexology or a hot stone treatment—as they enjoy each other’s company or enjoy treatments despite each other’s company. In the spa’s other private treatment rooms, aestheticians exfoliate bodies with Turkish body scrubs and brighten complexions with organic aromatherapy and Kerstin Florian products.
Though only one accent wall drenched in lilac disrupts Paris Skin Care Center of Hoboken’s all-white décor, you won’t be missing color. It appears within the kaleidoscopic palettes at the cosmetics counter, manned by professional makeup artist and owner, Sofia. Using both airbrush and traditional techniques, she makes eyes pop with shadow, gives lips a glossy sheen, and contours cheekbones worthy of a ventriloquist’s dummy—all while masking blemishes. Semi-permanent lash extensions, in either basic or dramatic styles, complete freshly made faces. And though makeup is Sofia’s forte, clients will also want to check out her other spa services. She uses an extra-gentle blend of beeswax and cotton-oil, for example, to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs during full-body waxes, and shoos away stress and muscle pain with deep-tissue and aromatherapy massages.
Describing itself as an "ultra-relaxing urban escape," SKN Spa radiates tranquility from its outdoor patio garden to its private treatment rooms stocked with the latest aesthetic technology. Aestheticians specialize in customized, clinical facials that harness the hydrating, age-reversing powers of firming radio frequencies, vitamin C and collagen-rich serums, or age-spot clearing IPL. Hot-stone massages and scrubs enriched with brown sugar and Dead Sea–mud help leave bodies feeling soft and stress-free, while unwanted hair can be swiftly evicted with light technology, sugaring, strongly worded letters, or traditional wax treatments.
On the fifth floor of the plush Eventi Hotel, the elevator opens to Spa at Eventi, one of New York magazine’s Critics’ Picks. The closing elevator doors symbolically act as a bulwark against outside stresses, securing guests within an oasis furnished with original artwork, the hum of placid music, and eco-friendly Kerstin Florian products. The spa’s signature Jet Lag Recovery treatment exfoliates skin with a lavender oil–infused Turkish body scrub performed over a whispered remix of flight-attendant safety recordings. Other treatments combine massage and facial treatments to create fortifying spa experiences, such as the Dew Drop facial, which pairs a pineapple-enzyme peel with an acupressure and aculift facial massage.
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