Spa

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

It’s Sunday night. You’ve just watched your favorite DVR’d shows over a delicious sushi dinner delivered right to your door. After 60 minutes of professional deep tissue massage in the comfort of your own living room, you slip into a hot bubble bath and then glide into your comfy bed and into dreamland. Mondays just don’t seem to feel as manic anymore.

Doesn’t that sound a whole lot better than a crazy rush in freezing rain and sleet to the trendiest (and in turn, busiest) spa in town? Going to the spa can be more stressful than it is relaxing. If you’re not running late to your appointment, the spa is. The weather outside always manages to be, well…frightful, the subway is insanely crowded, if it’s even running at all, and there’s nothing like a few pairs of judgmental eyes in the spa’s locker room to make you feel as though you should’ve spent that last hour in the gym.

It’s surprising, but finding a good spa therapist to come to your home can be a challenge. Sure, you can cross your fingers and hope for the best and look on craigslist.com or hope that your friend knows of someone reliable. But read on to see how Beauty News NYC has made at-home spa-going even easier – and commute-free!

Refresh Body

Your best bet when recreating that blissful Sunday night scenario described above is Refresh Body. As Manhattan’s preeminent at-home massage spa service, Refresh Body brings the luxury of massage therapy with none of the hassle and all of the convenience. Their massage therapists are all board certified and selected after a stringent screening process. And with 300-thread count sheets, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, and premium lotions and oils, clients are sure to indulge in ultimate luxury.

Booking online is beyond easy and they even send the table and supplies via van, so as to save the energy of the therapist so he/she can give you the best massage possible. Treatments include deep tissue, shiatsu, Reiki, sports massage and trigger point, among others depending on your therapist’s background. The best part? The cost is incredibly reasonable – just a fraction above, if not the same price as Manhattan spas, and you can buy a package of 6 massages at a great discount. Visit http://www.RefreshBody.com.

Beauty On Call

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Photo credit: Amanda Sudimack & Associates- artisanevents.com

A concierge’s dream, Beauty On Call is pretty self-explanatory. Based out of Chicago, and run by Stacy Roney, this company provides individuals, businesses and hotel guests throughout the country with on-site pampering. Services include mani/pedi’s, Paraffin Wax Treatments, Custom Brow Design, Swedish, Therapeutic and Chair Massage, Hair Styling, Makeup Application/Lesson, and even Tarot Card Readings. Great for bachelorette parties, wedding days, thank you’s for your business employees and professional photo shoots, Beauty on Call is a quick and convenient answer to getting quality spa and beauty services in the location of your choice. Visit http://www.BeautyonCall.com.

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Photo credit: Amanda Sudimack & Associates- artisanevents.com

American Leisure

If you consider yourself a hardcore spa-goer, and you’re in the market for some real estate, you might want to consider actually moving into the spa. Well, sort of. American Leisure brings luxury amenities that are usually found only inside the walls of a lavish hotel or spa resort, right into your high-rise apartment building.

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Once American Leisure actually builds the spa facilities, they continue their involvement by providing fitness, lifestyle and spa consultation services, facility management, activity programming (i.e. cooking classes, yoga classes, etc.) and spa menu development. For instance, American Leisure conceptualized, designed and will operate The Spa At 120 Riverside Boulevard At Trump Place.

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The facility offers a lap pool, whirlpool with overhead skylight, terrace room and view of the outside garden, aerobic room and exercise room, the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment and spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms. It also includes treatment rooms for facials, massage and body treatments, plus men’s and women’s steam and sauna. It’s like living on top of Bliss or Cornelia Day Spa, only now you can wear your slippers to your appointment! For a full list of New York City properties that feature American Leisure amenities, visit http://www.americanleisure.com.

Spa Chicks on the Go

Spa Chicks on the Go is a unique concept in that they dispatch therapists according to group size and event goals. With a staff of over 80 therapists, Spa Chicks will come to your private home, hotel, event locale, backstage, or photoshoot to deliver spa services to all of your guests. And if you absolutely fall in love with one of their licensed and insured therapists, they will coordinate private at home massage services for you – but only for us gals. The men will have to look elsewhere. Prices vary depending on equipment needs and location (sorry to those folks outside Manhattan or above 125th street).

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The average Spa Chick client ranges from a high profile or celebrity, to stay at home moms who cant leave the house; to couples wanting an enjoyable night in; to a group of women celebrating a wedding, shower or special event…all the way into corporate and marketing events on the other end of the spectrum. This soup to nuts business gives you the total event planning package – Besides offering a wide variety of spa services from basic massage and mani/pedi’s to reflexology and henna designs, Spa Chicks will coordinate everything from the DJ down to the coat check. Visit http://www.spachicksonthego.com.

With these mobile spa options, NYC can now deliver more than just your favorite cuisine and your dry cleaning. You’re paying a fortune for that apartment anyway…why not makes it into your favorite spa too?

Originally published January 2008
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