New York City Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
37 E. 28th St., Flatiron
Adele is an expert in Chinese medicine, and treats ailments using a variety of approaches including herbal medicine, medical massage, acupuncture, and cupping. Beyond her gentle approach, it's her kind and wise manner that makes an appointment with her extend beyond healing—we always learn a lot, too.
Aire Ancient Baths
88 Franklin St., Tribeca
Tucked away in Tribeca, this is one of New York City’s best spa secrets—which also happens to look a bit like the Temple of White and Black from Game of Thrones. You descend into a candle-lit stairs into an equally moody space with many baths and steam rooms (all sorts of different temperatures, from hot to ice-f-ing cold to a sublime extra-salt version where you float like you're in the Dead Sea), where you’ll likely be content to hang out for a while. They also offer really great massages—some of Manhattan’s best, actually.
Ashtanga Yoga (Closed)
430 Broome St., Nolita
This studio is for serious students and teachers wanting to master their practice with Eddie Stern, one of the most acclaimed teachers in the city. Teaching correct breathing and placement for all the postures, he also imparts a true passion for yoga not only as a form of exercise but as a lifestyle.
Aura Wellness Spa
49 W. 33rd St., Koreatown
Smack in the middle of Koreatown, this futuristic joint revolves around four grottoes, which light up an otherwise pitch black room. You'll find a jade, clay, and amethyst sauna, each infused with far infrared, along with a series of wet rooms for really, really, really good Korean scrubs. As a bonus, it's open from 10am to 2am.
When he's not working on set or on location, Blake is available for at-home visits. Blake himself is very chill and laid-back, which is part of why he's particularly in-demand, but his haircuts and blowouts justify the hype, too.
575 Degraw St., Gowanus
Catering to serious climbers and novices alike, this massive, technicolored climbing space in Gowanus hosts casual climb sessions, lessons for kids, and serious team training. With several walls, it’s roomy enough to accommodate larger groups and families. It’s a great resource in the winter, when it’s far too cold to exercise outdoors. Also, they're open until midnight.
Brooklyn Yoga Club
206 Vanderbilt Ave., Clinton Hill
Beloved yoga teacher Eddie Stern officially opened his new studio space, Brooklyn Yoga Club, in a cozy Clinton Hill townhouse on Vanderbilt Avenue. A studio and meditation space occupy the ground floor of the townhouse, where Stern leads a practice based on the teachings of Ashtanga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The primarily self-paced classes encourage independence and self-reliance; students work through each series at their own speed, closely observed by Stern. There’s also a heavy emphasis on meditation, breath, and detoxification. After class, students can hang out in the first-floor library, café, and the wide outdoor deck, where the studio builds community: The café serves coffee, tea, juice, and vegetarian food, the deck is home to a compost and garden, and the library shelves are stocked with books about yoga and self-discovery. The second floor of the townhouse is home to a co-working space with a few designated desks and a community table. That floor also has a kitchen, for vegetarian and Ayurvedic cooking classes and one-off workshops, like “How to Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar,” or “How To Make Your Own Kimchi.” Out-of-town visitors can stay…
414 6th Ave., Greenwich Village
We love their big old-fashioned sign and window displays which make it look like it’s still a mom and pop shop from the 1960’s. Inside, it’s the opposite, full of their own ever-growing and excellent line of body care products, and the best of what’s new from other brands like Diptyque, La Roche, and Boiron. They take great care to stock the best offerings in beauty and body care, so it’s always fun to go and pick up a special treat. They also fill prescriptions.
238 W. 10th St., West Village
CAP stands for "clean and pure," which describes everything you'll find at this tightly curated shop in the West Village. The gang's all here as far as clean beauty brands go—they carry Kjaer Weis, Odacité, Tata Harper, and a great selection of dusts and potions from brands like Moon Juice, Four Sigma Foods, and Urban Moonshine. They're also known for excellent facials—for a holistic anti-aging package, look at the CAP Lift, a series of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Treatments that takes place over several weeks.
185 Greenwich St., Financial District
This family-owned company was founded in Bordeaux, so their entire approach to beauty is grounded in a less-is-more, great-skin-first approach that feels very French. They're famous for a menu of super-relaxing facials—which can be selected to target anti-aging, radiance (and correcting), firming, moisture, and detoxification—but their New York boutiques also offer three body treatments, like a Bordeaux-inspired vine wrap. We're partial to their express facials, which, at just a half hour, can easily be squeezed into a lunch break; pretty clutch for their new, office-convenient location in the Financial District. (The original is on Bleecker Street in Soho.) Photo: Andrew Werner
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