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4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
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Silver-haired members of the Y and neighborhood regulars visit this no-frills holistic spa to get down to business with organic skin treatments and therapeutic massages. In 2001, owner Jane Goldberg added InSparations to her roster of spas—which include La Casa Day Spa in the Flatiron District and another in the Puerto Rican rain forest—while dividing her time as a psychoanalyst. Goldberg stocks the reception’s armoire with her own line of sweet-smelling, all-natural masks, creams, and elixirs. Standing vases of curly willow branches hold court at the end of the lone vanilla-colored hallway, which leads to three large treatment rooms draped in khaki-dyed linen and backlit in a soft red. Hot stone massages are a favorite here, but sidelined athletes and arthritic seniors get re-mobilized with more concentrated therapies like the signature Absolute Massage, which incorporates kneading and vibration, or the shiatsu-esque Japanese Immunotherapy Massage, which focuses on high pressure hand and foot reflexology. Detoxification is the underlying mission of the seaweed- and spirulina-based facials and body wraps. For hair removal, a contracted company performs electrolysis, but don’t discount the full body wax menu—the resident waxer has impeccable eyebrows.
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