New York City Health & Beauty
Robin Evans Brows
611 Broadway, Suite 709
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, New York City
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.
39 W. 56th St., Penthouse, Midtown
There are tons of treatment options at this wellness hideout inside the penthouse on a particularly hectic block of Midtown. From a targeted acupuncture and cupping session with founder Joel Granik to a float inside a sensory deprivation tank (that's thought to mimic the body’s experience in the womb) to Reiki healing and yoga classes taught in a gorgeous white room with a glass ceiling, everything here aims to balance and restore the body’s chi. There’s an infrared sauna and a salt cave; the walls of the latter are made from hundreds of pounds of Himalayan salt bricks, which infuse the air with negative ions while you relax on a massage bed.
34 W. 17th St., Flatiorn
This urban sweat lodge has three locations in the city and one in East Hampton, all with the spa’s signature infrared sauna wraps. After putting on the provided uniform—a light cotton top and pants—you’ll be snugly bundled inside an infrared blanket (the material it’s made of feels similar to the bib you wear for x-rays at the dentist) and left to watch Netflix while you seriously sweat. The far infrared waves gently warm the body, increasing the core temperature. You emerge from the cocoon 55 minutes later completely drenched. If that isn’t enough, schedule a consecutive lymphatic drainage session, where you’re wrapped in a full body suit that applies targeted pressure to points on the arms, legs, and waist to encourage circulation and detoxification.
21 E 1st St., East Village
This spa has somehow made sweating in an infrared sauna sexy. There are two options: a roomy personal sauna with chromatherapy (everybody looks better in a red-tinted light) or private infrared wrap rooms. Both combine near, mid, and far infrared waves to heat the body from the inside out, resulting in a major detoxification sweat.
511 W. 20th St., Chelsea, New York City
Beneath the High Line in Chelsea’s gallery district, this yoga studio does spectacular Ayurvedic facials. During the Kalyani treatment, rice poultices—prepared with herbs custom-blended for your skin and soaked in organic warm milk (a source of brightening lactic acid)—are applied to the face for a soothing, smoothing effect. The Deep Clean Facial, which is incredible for the breakout-prone, involves a heavenly marma massage (the aesthetician targets specific energy points on your face to release tension and wake up skin), healing masks, herbal exfoliation, and gentle extractions. Don’t miss the jar of healthy-ish cookies outside the treatment rooms—delicious with the studio’s dosha tea.
2030 Broadway, Upper West Side
This popular Colorado-based yoga studio is known for cranking up the intensity of typical Vinyasa classes. Strength training is incorporated through squats, free weights, and ab workouts in between traditional stretching and lengthening exercises. It’s ideal for those who want the calming magic that comes with a yoga session, but who may not have the time to also hit the gym. Studios are kept warm and humid to promote flexibility, and teachers are reliably energetic, which helps to keep motivation high.
410 W. 14th St., Chelsea
Hip-hop and yoga may seem like an odd combination, but somehow, inexplicably, it works here, especially on #hiphopwednesday and #hiphopsunday classes, where an artist of the week is featured (like A$AP Rocky, Dr. Dre, or Pharrell Williams) in a sixty-minute themed vinyasa flow. They take it seriously, too: Artists are announced every Monday on Y7’s Instagram page. The studio space is candlelit, so if you’re not on your A game, you’ll feel comfortable in the just-dark-enough surroundings. And this particular location is one of Y7’s largest, with changing rooms, mat and towel rentals, and a yoga selfie booth.
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