Although it's been made immune to fire, the human body is still susceptible to injury from well-aimed éclairs and the constant grind of walking upright. Revive a worn soul sack with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a spa sampler package at Essential Therapy (a $120 value).
Essential Therapy—founded by former New York Mets massage therapist Carlos Araque—harnesses the positive power of massage to relax and invigorate clients. The sampler package includes a 45-minute massage and a four-week bath pass. Choose from one of several massage styles, including Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, and shiatsu (only the hot-stone massage is excluded). After hornets' nests of hurt and spider webs of stress have been swept from the contours of the body's crawlspaces, continue rejuvenating over the course of a four-week bath pass (the pass will be activated on the day of the massage). The pass grants access to Essential Therapy's sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi. Groupon holders will also receive a $30 gift certificate upon arrival, good toward any full-price massage or facial at Essential Therapy. Each customer may use only one gift certificate per visit.
Essential Therapy coaxes energy-restoring tranquility from the ether of the 5,000 square feet of feng-shui space. Candlelit passages, silk-adorned floors, and trickling water walls bring to mind the mountaintop temple in India where rap artists often film music videos about reading. See a video tour of Essential Therapy here.
The holistic practitioners at Essential Therapy NY strive to align body and mind through massage and custom, organic facials. A gurgling waterfall greets each guest as senses explore a studio whose feng shui evokes the grounds of East and South Asian temples. Across five treatment rooms, muscle masons deliver 10 relaxing and therapeutic massage modalities augmented by breathing techniques such as "inhaling" and "exhaling." For visage revivification, skin specialists coddle faces with organic ingredients in products from Hungarian line Éminence Organic Skin Care. The studio also offers accoutrements such as a Jacuzzi, sauna, and dual-purpose steam room and bagel oven.