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Midtown Health & Beauty

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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.
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.
Columbus Park
210 Central Park S, New York, New York
A solely outpatient facility, Columbus Park serves adults, adolescents, and children struggling with any type of eating disorder. Founded by Melissa Gerson, a licensed clinical social worker, the center includes a team of ten experts who see clients in individual, group, and family settings and incorporate various therapies including enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Since it is an outpatient program, treatment typically runs between twenty to forty weeks. The center also offers periodic adolescent intensives throughout the year catered to teenagers dealing with anorexia or bulimia.
BALANCE
112 W 27th St., New York, New York
This treatment center offers both an intensive outpatient and an outpatient program. Both programs provide integrative services to help clients manage eating disorder symptoms, bolster self-esteem, and develop a healthy relationship with food. In addition to individual psychotherapy and behavioral therapies, the center incorporates experiential therapies, yoga, and creative expression into its programs. BALANCE is open to adolescent and adult patients.
Spa Nalai
153 W. 57th St., Midtown
Inside a Christian de Portzamparc-designed skyscraper, the Park Hyatt New York sits directly across from Carnegie Hall and offers some of the biggest rooms, square-footage-wise, in the city. Perhaps an even bigger draw, though, is the 13,000 square foot Spa Nalai on the 25th floor, which is divided into a fitness room, 65-foot lap pool, and six suites offering everything from treatments on a sand quartz bed (the only one of its kind in NYC) to "off-menu" services like cupping, manual lymph drainage, and reflexology. They've also teamed up with MNDFL meditation studio to offer a series of private and semi-private sessions.
Kryo X
57 W. 57th St., Midtown
You won’t get pedicures here, but the full-body cryotherapy session—in which you stand, in the buff, in a chamber that’s chilled to roughly -240°F for two to three minutes—is bracing, but more bearable than, say, an ice bath, since there’s no moisture in the liquid nitrogen-cooled air. We left feeling less stressed and more centered, and we slept better, too. Started by doctors to holistically treat patients with arthritis, cryotherapy is believed to stimulate the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems and reduce inflammation, improve mood, lower anxiety, and enhance overall well-being. If you’re super worried about chattering teeth, start slow with a brightening cryofacial.
Maria Papapetros
141 E. 55th St., Midtown
Maria was our in-house intuitive for the goop Shiso Psychic pop-up in NYC when we launched our latest fragrance, and needless to say, she dropped jaws with her eerily accurate readings. She is extremely calm and uses meditation at the beginning of each session to create a relaxed state before diving straight in. She also analyzes handwriting and uses Tarot to establish a framework. Keep in mind that she is a straight-up psychic who doesn't hold back, so if you'd prefer someone who soft-pedals, she probably isn't the right choice for you.
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