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N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
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Hair stylist Julien Farel opened this spa and mini-gym above his namesake salon in spring 2008, with trainer Pete Kupprion. The Zen space is minimalist and modern, with white-washed walls, light-wood floors, and bamboo-scented candles. Soundproof massage rooms lend a sense of privacy a stark contrast to Farel’s raucous salon downstairs. Gymnastique caters particularly to athletes, employing a full-time chiropractor for regular adjustments, two masseuses specializing in deep-tissue work, and a holistic integrative doctor who analyzes blood chemistry to tailor nutritional supplements. Kupprion heads up private training sessions and a certified specialist performs the popular Rolfing massage, a technique designed to improve posture and harmonize how a body moves with gravity. In the small gym, no more than three clients pump the free weights and standing machines at any given time. The Eastern vibe carries over into the private shower rooms, which are adorned with stone floors and decorative stalks of bamboo.
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Indoor surfing, spinning lovefests, a luxurious pig-placenta facial, and more.