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 same-day massages in your own home. After specifying type and length of service (and therapist gender, if you wish), Zeel dispatches the nearest massage therapist from its network of licensed, vetted, and insured practitioners. 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 DailyCandy.
Sunlight filters in through Scandalous Hair Studio & Spa’s two walls of windows, illuminating the intimate boutique so that it stands out amid the other neighborhood stores. Perched on the corner, the all-purpose salon and spa greets visitors with an exposed brick wall that gives way to a row of styling stations where stylists pace around salon chairs as they plan out customized haircuts and color treatments.
Just a few yards away but a world removed from the lively bustle of the salon floor, aestheticians stationed in private treatment rooms cultivate glowing complexions with Wilma Schumann skincare products. Among the most popular spa services, aromatherapy massages melt away stress, and European facials fight signs of aging, acne, and embarrassing face-plant dives off the Eiffel Tower.
From 1997 to 2014, Mpower Bodywork was known as Massage America, a company that specialized in on-site massages for corporate clients. But over those 17 years, the business continually re-shaped itself, gradually evolving into a practice that offered much more than massage. Today, while almost ten different modalities—among them Swedish, craniosacral, Thai, and prenatal—still comprise its massage canon, the clinic's services include a variety of bodywork therapies, including acupuncture and chiropractic care, all aimed at helping clients function at their physical, mental, and spiritual best. Additional offerings such as nutrition counseling and yoga sessions help guests adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle and develop a closer relationship with their toes, while aesthetic services like facials help improve skin health, which can lead to increased confidence.
You won’t find the usual gym equipment you might see at most physical therapy offices at Dr. Shmuel Tatz’s studio. Instead, the office, overlooking a garden near Columbus Circle, showcases piles of books in six different languages, posters of the human anatomy, and most importantly, the doctor’s hands—a pivotal tool in his body tuning sessions. Osteotherapy is the mainstay of Dr. Tatz’s treatments, and he supplements this hands-on approach with yoga exercises, patient education, and perhaps even acupuncture. By “tuning” the body, the doctor can alleviate a variety of conditions, including chronic back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even broken ankles. It’s no wonder that famous faces, including Kathleen Turner, Lou Reed, and Isaac Stern, swear by Dr. Tatz.
Williamsburg's N4 Med Spa-Salon combines natural and medical-grade treatments to help clients reach their cosmetic goals. A board-certified physician oversees treatments featuring high-tech laser equipment, which nonsurgically removes tattoos, unwanted hair, and blemishes. For a more natural turn at rejuvenation, try the organic seaweed body wrap or the custom facial—tailored to smooth out clients' every wrinkle and line written in outdated cursive font. The beauty hot spot also offers mani-pedis, massages, and waxing, and the full-service Aveda concept salon nestled inside is an oasis for styling and coloring.