Midtown Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
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 wellbeing. 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.
501 5th Ave., Midtown
Joanna Vargas first moved to NYC in hopes of pursuing photography, only to discover that she actually cared a lot more about skincare. It's a good thing, too, because she's kind of a genius at it. Perpetually on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest in skin-bettering treatments, she offers her stable of loyal clients collagen-boosting LED light therapies and the now-famous microcurrent facial, which smooths fine lines and carves out cheekbones without ever having to go under the knife. Her organic product line is great for daily upkeep.
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.
La Prairie Day Spa
50 Central Park S., Midtown
This spa is not as packed with amenities as other high-end options, but it does not lack in luxury, meaning that if you're feeling flush, book a few treatments and spend the day. The facials here range from over-the-top ($1,250 for the white caviar facial) to classic (the anti-aging facial includes a glycolic peel for some extra firming).
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.
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.
Mila Moursi Skincare
Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., Midtown
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).
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.
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.
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.
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