Athena Spa: Wet Spa and Hwangto Igloo
32 E. 31st St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-683-4484
Spagoers eager for intensity head to this Korea Town favorite for the Wet Spa and the Hwangto Igloo experiences. In the former, clients are thoroughly exfoliated in traditional bathhouse fashion: rough hands, no privacy, intermittent dousings with buckets of warm water. In the latter (a Korean clay sauna embedded with real jade and amethyst), guests relax and detoxify at their own pace.
• Price: Wet Spa scrubs, $85–$150; spa admission (includes access to Hwangto Igloo, regular sauna, dry steam, and soaking tubs), $35
Broadway Spa: Warming Facial
7 W. 25th St., nr. Broadway; 212-229-0636
First introduced as part of a limited package, this facial proved so popular, it’s now offered on its own. After the client is cocooned in blankets, the one-hour service begins with a self-heating cleansing gel followed by steam, extractions, and a deep-tissue facial massage with lavender or chamomile oil. The finale? A unique facial mask of kaolin and zeolite clays that heats up on contact, then cools down four minutes later to seal in the nutrients.
• Price: $105
Dashing Diva: Mineral Elements Heeling Pedicure With Hot-Stone Massage
41 E. 8th St., nr. University Pl.; 212-673-9000
Just launched this month, this intense, nutrient-packed pedicure helps ease sore muscles and stimulate circulation. Following a salty soak, your feet are cleansed then detoxified with a Dead Sea thermal-heat mud mask. A hot-stone leg and foot massage gets deep into any shoe-inflicted knots, while the final application of lotion with a spritz of Dead Sea water leaves you refreshed and invigorated.
• Price: $75
Haven Day Spa: Herbal Thai Poultice Massage
150 Mercer St., nr. Prince St.; 212-343-3515
Based on traditional Thai techniques, this 60- or 90-minute service combines the relaxing warmth of hot-stone massage with the potency of healing herbs. The three-step service begins with pressure points to ease muscle pain and release any blocked energy. Next, a heated poultice—a small, porous muslin sack filled with herbs—is kneaded into the body from the legs up, encouraging circulation and lymphatic drainage. Finally, a blend of aromatic oils is rubbed in to reduce tension and increase flow.
• Price: $160 for 90 minutes, $125 for 60 minutes
Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa: Spirit of the Beehive Nail Treatments
421 E. 73rd St., nr. York Ave.; 212-249-9144
This hydrating treatment—available as a mani or pedi—locks in the moisture. After an initial cuticle grooming, feet or hands are soaked in warm water infused with sea salts and your choice of essential oils, then wrapped in hot towels. Next comes a gentle sugar scrub of everything below the knees or elbows, followed by an oil-and-aloe massage to work out knots. Limbs are then covered in a collagen cream mask, dipped three times in heated paraffin, covered in plastic, and nestled into gloves or booties for a few minutes; a final light lotion application leaves skin sparkling.
• Price: $60 for pedicure; $35 for manicure
Just Calm Down: Morockkin' on the Marrakech Express Massage
32 W. 22nd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-337-0032
Designed to mimic the Moroccan hammam experience, this service puts a modern twist on the traditional bathhouse treatment. Performed while the client lies on a heated water bed, the massage incorporates yogic stretching, gentle rocking, percussive strokes, and light, rhythmic flaying with hot cloths. High-grade Moroccan essential oils like neroli, rose, and blue chamomile are used throughout, and moist, warm pads are applied to further melt muscle tension.
• Price: $165
Metamorphosis Day Spa: Ultimate Nourishing Winter Facial and Body Package
127 E. 56th St., nr. Park Ave., fifth fl., ; 212-751-6051
Replenish winter-worn skin from head to toe with this all-encompassing package, available through April. A thorough facial includes cleansing, balancing, exfoliating, and massage to nourish and hydrate skin, while the Eye Look Better treatment reduces puffiness. For the body, there’s a scrub with warm honey and crushed walnuts, a milk-and-honey body wrap, an aromatherapy oil massage, and a paraffin hand treatment.
• Price: $399 through April
Supple Spa: Royal Bath
55 W. 19th St., nr. Sixth Ave., second fl.; 212-929-5948
Best known for its couple’s services and romantic double rooms, Supple Spa offers Royal Baths that can be enjoyed both by singles and duos. After a 50-minute Swedish or deep-tissue massage gets the circulation moving, dry skin is banished by a thorough body scrub with Dead Sea salts. Afterward, it’s off to soak in a hot bath infused with essential oils and rose petals, as a therapist continues to massage the neck, shoulders, and scalp. Skin is left smooth and rehydrated; muscles are thoroughly relaxed.
• Price: $150 per person