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E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; 6 at 51st St.
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Prague and Vienna-trained nurse Georgette Klinger opened her flagship spa on Madison Avenue in 1941, introducing the modern European art of skincare to Americans. And though up-to-date in its technology and facilities, this trailblazing spa continues to do things in its own time-honored way: Clients change and stash their street clothes right in their treatment room, relax in a reclining chair—sort of a La-Z-Girl—instead of on a table, and chill to classical music rather than the ubiquitous Enya. (In your darkened room, under a cocoon of sheets, the traffic sounds of Madison Ave. seem oddly lulling.) Licensed estheticians, all of whom undergo additional Georgette Klinger training, are quick to diagnose a client's complexion and customize treatments. The resulting multi-step facials are strong on massage, cleansing, and moisturizing, and rely on hands, not machines; your pore-opening mister is an actual pot of steaming chamomile tea, not the usual plug-in contraption. Spa and skin services are complemented by a full-service hair salon, cellulite therapy, and a product boutique. Post-facial makeup application is offered to patrons who are loath to step out on Madison as bare-naked ladies.Extra
The spa offers full and half-day packages.
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