New York City Health & Beauty
1082 Fulton St., Clinton Hill
We found Healhaus via one of our Brooklyn-based staffers who can’t get enough of its wellness-forward programming. Founders Darian Hall and Elisa Shankle left corporate careers to found this much-needed, accessible, integrated space for healing. While the physical location is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Healhaus’s streaming offering is seriously robust. Check out workshops on breathwork for trauma and yoni care, plus Zoom vinyasa classes, de-stressing meditations, Reiki, and chakra clearing. Private sessions in energy healing, holistic medicine, doula support, and teletherapy are also available.
As a writer and intuitive, Suzanne Guillette has come to understand that grief, like intuition, requires a kind of trust that can defy logic or reasoning. While she’s had empath abilities since childhood, it wasn’t until the loss of her close cousin that she felt propelled into doing intuitive readings for others. Guillette (who is based in New York City) incorporates astrology and tarot into her practice and often helps people who are at a crossroads or in the middle of big changes in their lives.
65 Reade St., Tribeca
Models flock to the Tribeca studio of facialist Eileen Feighny della Faille, who’s made a name for herself with skin-clearing, Korean-style facials. A session with Feighny della Faille lasts a full two hours and involves a detoxifying, grounding, pampering, skin-rehabbing sequence of extractions, aromatherapy, radiofrequency, ice therapy, customized herbal masks, LED light, and more. If you can’t get in to see her—she’s often has a wait list—follow her best skin tip: Give yourself a face massage as often as you can. “Face massage is so important,” she says. “Massage your products in at every step in your routine, for lymphatic drainage, stimulating skin, and giving that energized, healthy glow.”
147 Spring St., Soho
This airy oasis for gua sha facials, holistic skin consultations, and acupuncture sits at the top of a glamorously ancient walk-up on Spring Street that’s more Venice Beach bungalow than SoHo loft. Hanging plants, beautiful raffia chairs, and so much sun pouring through the enormous windows it’s hard not to squint are lovely flourishes that make it hard to leave, but the true draw is how beautifully nurturing their treatments are. Founder Britta Plugg is a master of gua sha, the ancient Chinese therapy of smoothing a sculpted stone tool across skin to support lymphatic drainage, ease tension and puffiness, and boost glow. She and two cofounders—an acupuncturist/herbalist and a product developer/herbalist—have a gorgeous gua sha skin-care line, Wilding, which turns the therapy into a beautifully soothing at-home ritual.
240 E. 54th St., Midtown
Clean Market gathers the A to Z of modern wellness under one swanky midtown roof. Cryotherapy, IV drips, infrared saunas, a functional latte bar—which translates to nut milk(y) coffees supercharged with all manner of mushroom dusts—and veggie-packed smoothies are just the beginning. We love grabbing a smoothie to go (The Core—with coconut water, greens, lemon, and pear—is easily our favorite). Toss one of the turmeric power shots—which you can boost with CBD, chlorophyll, oregano oil, and other goodies—into your bag for later. We did.
The Yinova Center
37 W. 17th St., Union Square
goop goes way back with Jill Blakeway, the clinical herbalist behind Yinova: She taught us about harnessing energy in the body and other surprising therapies in this Q&A, and we go back over and over to Yinova, an acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice that has the inviting aura of a cozy living room and the sleek tranquility of an airy spa, whenever we’re in NYC. For one, it’s not every acupuncture practice in New York City (there’s also a Brooklyn Heights location) that has a built-in Chinese medicine apothecary on-site: the plush chairs and couches in the waiting room face shelves full of potions, tinctures, and elegant jars of health-supporting Chinese herbal blends. For another, Blakeway, who specializes in reproductive health and was named one of the best acupuncturists is Manhattan by The New York Times, brilliantly blends Chinese medicine with modern biomedicine. And Blakeway’s team of acupuncturists, health practitioners, and massage therapists are friendly, skilled, and wonderful at demystifying what they do for anyone new to acupuncture and integrative medicine.
Robin Evans Brows
611 Broadway, Soho
Face-framing, feathery brows are Robin Evans’ specialty. Over her almost 30 years of experience, she’s figured out the perfect technique: you sit upright while she uses a combination of waxing, tweezing, trimming,and tinting to perfect your brows. Evans’ likes to keep the area beneath the brow clean and polished, while leaving the top’s natural, for perfect-amount-of-groomed brows. (Bonus: She also does facials using Tata Harper products.)
Face Gym NYC
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., Midtown
Sessions here range from 30 to 75 minutes and are designed to “work out” the muscles in the face to release tension, support circulation, and ultimately have a beautifully sculpting, lifting effect. Each treatment starts with a warm up before going into cardio, sculpting, and cool-down therapies. Your trainer begins by gently using the knuckles to work in cleanser. With swift hand-flicking and pinching techniques the therapy gets under way, tapering off with deep finger sculpting for contouring: The trainer’s fingers dance over your face to help de-puff and stimulate lymphatic drainage. It’s different, fantastic, and feels both rejuvenating and soothing.
Ling New York
12 E. 16 St., Flatiron
Founder Ling Chan has an incredibly healing touch (she got one goop editor’s breakouts significantly under control), and her menu of facials addresses absolutely every concern, especially congestion. With organic malic acid peels, careful extractions, LED light, and soothing ginseng moisture therapy, Chan and her team restore balance to stressed skin holistically. The whole experience is heightened by the beautiful kimono they give you to wear in place of the usual sterile white robe. There’s also a Facials Bar, where clients can get under-an-hour treatments like the Collagen Eye Mask and Radio Frequency Face Lift.
360 7th Ave., 4th Fl., Midtown
Whether you need to recover from a tough workout or detox after an especially indulgent weekend, there are a variety of high-tech treatments to try alone or build into a package. Try combining a CVAC session, where you sit inside a hyperbaric chamber while the barometric pressure is adjusted to reportedly support circulation and detoxification, with a nap using the NuCalm device, which claims to be a miraculously restorative 30-minute snooze. Finish with a session inside the Sunlighten mPulse Sauna, where you can customize the ratio of near, mid, and far infrared rays.