Stretch, Run, Massage, Repeat [Crossing the Finish Line with Some Essential Therapy]



On November 5th, 37,000 people will literally pound the pavements of all 5 boroughs of New York City. And on November 6th, approximately 74,000 legs will embark on the road to recovery. These tireless athletes have trained for months or perhaps even lifetimes to prepare for the 26.2-mile race to the finish line, and hopefully, they’ve allowed for some much needed pampering along the way. But to ensure that they’re ready and able to run the 2007 ING New York City marathon, these runners – and all athletes for that matter – need to get themselves some therapy….some Essential Therapy.


Carlos Araque, founder of, is a former dancer who found his calling when helping his fellow performers stay strong, flexible and limber through the art of massage. A former massage therapist for the NY Mets, Carlos Araque has a long list of celebrity clients, works with the Radio City Rockettes and was nominated as the Best Massage Therapist in the “Best of New York” issue of New York Magazine in 2004.


Araque takes you on what feels like a spiritual and physical renewing experience with his marathon massages. He begins with a 30-45 minute stretching session to prevent injury and soreness in tense muscles and to help rid the body of toxins. By doing this, the deep sports massage that follows is not only highly therapeutic but indulgingly relaxing as well. To say that I didn’t want it to end would be an understatement! By having these sessions with Araque prior to the marathon, injury is prevented and clients are not left too sore to continue training. Post-marathon sessions with Araque (or any of the many talented therapists at Essential) will allow your body to heal and your muscles to repair themselves healthily, quickly and safely.


At Essential Therapy NY, I felt as though I was a welcomed guest in somebody’s home. Designed by Araque himself, Essential Therapy provides a cozy but exotic environment – rich with dark woods, antique furniture, plum velvet draperies and bamboo ceilings. His daughter’s framed artwork is displayed for an added touch of warmth and comfort. Complete with a yoga studio, an on-site physical therapy office, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, one could spend just an afternoon at this spa and feel as rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed as a honeymooner spending 2 weeks in Tahiti! Membership is an option for those interested in taking yoga and Pilates classes on a regular basis. Members can enjoy unlimited use of the spa facilities as well as discounts on treatments including facials, and hot stone massages.

Essential Therapy provides a tranquil, serene retreat for anyone who wants to feel both literally and figuratively down-to-earth. The marathon massages demonstrate the spa’s commitment to healthy, peaceful living where taking care of your strong mind and body is considered one step more than necessary – it’s ‘essential’.

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122 East 25th Street Ground Floor
New York, NY 10010
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