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Clean Market
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 #300, New York City
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.
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.
ReCover
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.
Floating Lotus
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.
Shape House
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.
Yoga 216
511 W. 20th St., Chelsea
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.
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