Midtown Health & Beauty
118 E. 57th St., 3rd Floor, Midtown
Susan Ciminelli's true claim to fame is her roster of freakishly potent anti-aging facials, which incorporate everything from aromatherapy to essential oils to hydradermabration. She's also a big believer in the inside-out approach to skin health and will send you home with an approved list of skin-healthy foods in addition to a customized at-home product regimen. Not coincidentally, her namesake product line is as extensive as it is hard working. She spends a lot of time in Los Angeles, too, where she treats clients in a private space.
501 5th Ave., Midtown, New York City
Joanna Vargas first moved to NYC in hopes of pursuing photography, only to discover that she actually cared a lot more about skin. Perpetually on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest in skin-enhancing treatments, Vargas is brilliant at collagen mask therapies, resurfacing via nutrient-rich liquid exfoliation, cryotherapy, and glowifying oxygen modalities.The microcurrent- ,microdermabrasion-, oxygen therapy-centric Triple Crown Facial, one of her hero treatments, smooths lines, brightens, lifts, and some clients say, accentuates cheekbones without ever having to go under the knife.
Mila Moursi Skin Care
Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., Midtown, New York City
Mila has been taking care of many high-profile LA women for decades, all of whom swear by her skin and body treatments. More specifically, it's her European facials (tack on a dry contouring session for a bit of extra lift), "face-changing" line of skincare products, and discretion that keep everyone coming back. While the flagship spa on Sunset Boulevard is worth an in-person visit, you can also book treatments at Barneys New York outposts in most major cities (besides New York, also Chicago and Beverly Hills).
Rony Shimony, M.D.
425 W. 59th St., Midtown
Dr. Shimony, who is affiliated with Mount Sinai, is an excellent, open-minded cardiologist who routinely gets great results.
Manhattan Physio Group
130 W. 56th St., Midtown
Former ballerina Michelle Rodriguez (and her team of excellent practitioners) are some of the city's best personal trainers, helping all sorts of people (including ballerina, athletes, and the like) overcome injuries and then stay injury-free. If you throw out your back and can't move, this is the team to call.
Ilan Bohm, D.C., F.A.S.A.
635 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, Midtown
Dr. Ilan Bohm is our man and the founder of OIM, which advocates looking beyond—while still using—Western medicine for well-being. Keeping in mind that every patient is unique and not one-treatment-fits-all, Dr. Bohm sees patients on an individual level and aims to prevent rather than just treat illness by incorporating acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and chiropractic into any healthcare routine. They facilitate detoxes, and also offer hydrocolonic therapy.
37 W. 46th St., Midtown
Treatments at this spa (complete with semi-kitsch treatment rooms) can border on the gruff side—a plus in our books: The massages, acupressure treatments, and body scrubs are intense enough to work any stress-related kinks right out. (Don't be surprised when the therapist walks on your back during a massage.) Plus, they have all the pools you need to further the detoxification process.
La Prairie Day Spa at The Ritz-Carlton
50 Central Park S., Midtown, New York City
The spa itself oozes elegance with plush chairs, momentous flower bouquets, and dramatic lighting fixtures. The facials are just as extravagant: During the Ultimate Platinum Rare treatment, one aesthetician massages your face with firming creams, while another simultaneously works on your feet. The epitome of over-the-top pampering is the $1,250 White Caviar Illuminating Facial that smooths, intensely hydrates, and lifts with turbocharged, nourishing caviar extracts.
The Peninsula Spa
700 Fifth Ave., Midtown
This is the place to come for a truly special treat (and it's great for guys, too). The Peninsula has an enormous spa facility with a pool, a fitness center, sundeck, and a tea lounge, not to mention 12 treatment rooms. The treatment menu is vast and runs the gamut from facials to ayurvedic massage, couple's and pre-natal treatments. It's a real splurge but these are some of the best treatments the city has to offer. Prices start at $45 and go up into the $1000's (Yeesh!).
Le Parker Meridien, 119 W. 56th St., Midtown
This is not your regular neighborhood mani/pedi spot. These low-key spaces are outfitted with mid-century modern pieces (you won't find any oversized massage chairs) and the technicians are incredibly well-trained. They do kiddie manicures, at-home appointments, and best of all, it's open late. The original is in Tribeca.
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