New York Magazine

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Best of New York 2014 • Health & Self

Best Hot-Stone Facial

  • Energy Lift Facial at Ling Skin Care

    12 E. 16th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-989-8833

    Lots of spas feature hot-stone treatments. But it’s not just any old basalt rock that Ling Chan, a 30-year veteran of East-meets-West skin care, uses for her latest service ($195 for an hour): It’s the tourmaline gemstone, believed to be the highest-energy-producing crystal in the world. As you lie on a warmed bed in a candlelit room, Chan preps the skin with pore extractions and various peels before massaging the face’s acupressure points with the tourmaline; thanks to a proprietary heating machine, the stone emits an infusion of natural energy (negative ions and far- infrared rays), said to detoxify the cells. Regardless of what goes on under the surface, you’ll leave with a glow that lasts for weeks.

From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

Order the Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Best of New York issue

Order This Issue

Other Best Of Guides

So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).