Chelsea Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
23rd St. and Hudson River Park, Chelsea
Situated on a pier along the Hudson River, this gigantic sporting complex operates out of the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. And it’s true: Here, you’ll find year-round ice skating, a rock climbing wall, gymnastics, soccer, a driving range, and more, all situated under one sprawling roof.
425 W. 14th St., 3rd Fl., Chelsea
Don't expect soft music and a gentle massage. Taking a more clinical approach to facials than a typical spa, the space is stark and clean, and the staff really knows what they're doing. The signature facial combines a round of extractions with a galvanizing treatment, which promises to tighten and rejuvenate skin tissue. They also offer some pretty effective peels. There are other locations in Los Angeles and London.
Serge Normant at John Frieda
336 W. 23rd St., Chelsea
If the stylists at this upscale salon aren't already booked on magazine photoshoots and at fashion shows, they're here giving outstanding cuts and color. There's also a location on the Upper East Side.
237 W 15th St., Chelsea
Valley Nails is a happy, serene, clean (as in nontoxic, 7-free, clean-beauty clean), and cool place to get your nails done. Their nail art is off-the-charts amazing, and the eclectic, spare interiors make you want to run home and redecorate everything, but the waterless pedicure is perhaps their most brilliant idea. It sounds un-pampering, somehow, but it’s the opposite: They use fresh, warm wet towels, eliminating the gallons of disinfectants and detergents necessary to keep even the smallest tub of water free of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and God knows what else. It’s a lot to not have to think about. It’s a lot to not have to think about. In its place, you think about how amazing the massage feels, how relaxed you are, how thorough and lovely the nail technician is, and, when you walk out the door, how gorgeous and perfect your pedicure looks. They also have a location around the corner from the uptown Barneys, and another in Nolita right by The New Museum.
511 W. 20th St., Chelsea
Owner/instructor Nicole Katz, who once ran the business side of Torrisi, started this beautiful studio in Chelsea. Wrapped in a palette of white, light grey, cream, and gold leaf, the classes here never allow more than six people, so you get some great hands on training. Luxurious touches add to the relaxing vice: Yoga mats are laid out for you, tea and ginger cookies are set up in the lobby, and the showers are as nice as they come.
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