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With this city's miles of foot-punishing concrete, it should come as no surprise that the answer to what ails you is in your feet. As visitors step down into this tiny ground level space, they are taken back to the earthy-crunchy era of Greenwich Village—before Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren squared off and divided the area between them. Soothing new age music plays as clients settle into one of two treatment areas (which are actually just comfortable lounge chairs separated from each other by screens). According to reflexology practitioners and devotees, the entire body is accessible through the feet, hands, and ears; so in a thirty-minute or one-hour session, by stimulating points on the feet and hands, the Angel Feet ladies might (or might not, as they are at pains to point out) alleviate problems related to sinuses, digestion, allergies, back pain, and stress. Open since 1995, this West Village institution isn't chic, but the stylish neighborhood still loves and needs them so much they're open seven days a week. And it's no wonder: With Gotham's girls rushing around in tall, pointy shoes, there's no end to the demand for relief.
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