Mon-Fri, noon-8:30pm; Sat-Sun, noon-7pm
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
Rarely does a spa merit a comparison with H&M, but Ease Salon and Massage is the exception. Like a cheap, addictive clothing store, this clean and sparse massage parlor offers dozens of quality treatments at tantalizingly low prices. Using a homemade blend of jojoba, coconut, and aloe extracts, the mostly Japanese staff performs everything from reflexology and hot stone treatments to massage and Arma techniques that target pressure points; during aromatherapy shiatsu treatments, lavender, jasmine, and orange oils are added to the skin. Packages for couples are available, as are organic-sugar body scrubs and mini-facials. The small spa’s clientele includes many Japanese patrons, who enjoy both the Japanese-speaking staff and the Asian-themed services, particularly those that use heat to warm the collagen and help release toxins and pressure from the system. All treatments are priced by time, and instead of New Age music, jungle and forest sounds play throughout. Ease also offers small rooms for "pep naps" (sold in 25- and 50-minute sessions), so any stress not oiled, rubbed, or heated away can simply be dozed off.
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