Spa

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

You live in New York City and yet, you haven’t been to the Empire State Building since you were eight. Ditto for the Statue of Liberty. But you do know where to get the best slice of pizza and you know to wait for the designer sample sale before spending your entire paycheck at Bergdorf’s (though we won’t tell if you’ve done that also).

And when it comes to hair color and now fantastic spa treatments, you know it’s practically cliché to go anywhere near 5th Avenue. And that’s why James Corbett made the smart decision to leave those glitzy ‘name brand’ salons and start his own. He and his loyal and oh so hip clientele have never looked back.

Tucked conveniently on the second floor of a Union Square building and right underneath Corbett’s fabulous hair salon, the recently opened Spa at James Corbett Studio is the perfect place to achieve the ultimate state of Zen. A holistic spa perfect for the new age urbanite, Corbett’s spa offers all the givens (i.e. manis, pedis, waxing, facials and massages) as well as the not so obvious (i.e. cupping and yoga classes – see below for schedule).

Both the spa and the salon make you feel like you’re in a chic but casual bohemian loft. The ambiance was comfortable; as though you’re hanging out in your best friend’s chill apartment rather than in an overly designed hotel spa (and his prices for services reflect this casual vibe as well). The personal touches make you feel welcome and calm rather than stressed out and on display (though truth be told, you’re probably in the presence of some of the city’s top beauty experts and celebrities who make up his clientele).

The esthetician, Vered Back, gave me a facial unlike any other. I could probably describe it as a holistic facial since Vered brings a bit of spirituality to the process. Specializing in Dr. Alkaitis Therapeutic Organic Facials, Vered uses this natural line of facial products to achieve clean and glowing skin. The Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Treatment Product line is made up of organically-grown plants or those harvested from the unpolluted wilderness. Their herbal extracts are made in-house with pure water, certified organic grape alcohol and/or vegetable glycerins; and to preserve the healing power of the products, they blend only small batches at a time.

Needless to say, I felt totally at ease using these products while pregnant, and my hormonally-charged skin looked better than ever. Throughout the treatment, Vered keeps you in tune with your breathing (while doing so herself), which makes the ongoing head, neck and shoulder massage that much more relaxing. My mind was clear, my skin was refreshed and my body was practically numb by the time the facial, which lasted well over an hour, was over.

Anyone “in the know” will hear the name James Corbett and think ‘best colorist in Manhattan’. So, of course I couldn’t resist getting my own hair colored while I was there. I could have chatted with James all day and I understand why his clients would forego the scene uptown to go see him. He knows hair color like no other and his warm and fun personality is so inviting, you might just go visit him between coloring appointments.

James Corbett Studio
32 Union Square East, Suite 311
New York, NY 10003
212-388-1296
http://www.jamescorbett.net

In-house Yogi Jill Snowden teaches Yoga classes on Monday and Thursday at 6:30pm.
Visit the website for a full list of services including haircuts, hair styling, make-up applications and lessons.

Originally published May 2010
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