January 06, 2010

Spa Scoop: Shizuka New York Day Spa

Shizuka New York Day Spa has been pin pointed in the elite spa world for The Geisha Facial -  it's one of a kind skin treatment that uses powdered nightingale droppings...but I'm here to tell you, that what they really blew me away with was their perfect combination of both Swedish and Shaistu. Shizuka New York Day Spa's "Movement Cure" celebrates the blend of Eastern and Western styles in a very inspirational way.

Type: Swedish and Shiatsu
Time: 50 Minutes
Price: $105

Sight: Shizuka New York Day Spa is located a heart beat away from Rockefeller Center. The elevator opens up to a modest lobby, displaying awards, Shizuka skin care products and boutique jewelry. I was checked in politely, handed a fresh kimono with slippers and escorted to the Tranquility Lounge. This simple lounge harbors lockers and very comfy chairs to wait in while the walls celebrate this spa's roots. It also provides clients with access to an Infrared Sauna. The treatment rooms have just enough space for their mechanical massage tables and facial equipment. A small wooden bowl with a beautiful orchid bloom is placed on the blanket for jewelry and small personal items.

Sound: Despite it's midtown location, even the lobby of this award winning spa is very quiet. The Tranquility Lounge has the calming trickle of a water feature and my treatment was surrounded with Eastern inspired music.

Smell: The entire spa had a smell of clean fresh air with a hint of Eucalyptus and Lemon.

Taste: Shizuka offers fruit infused water and small snacks of seasonally wrapped Hershey Kisses and mixed nuts - something salty and something sweet!

Touch: My therapist started by going over my intake, to make sure she knew what the issues and expectations of my treatment would be. From the moment she made contact I knew that she would be drawing from both styles of massage. Starting fully draped, she began doing Kenbiki - then palmed and worked acupressure points for the entirety of my Bladder Meridian. Not only was this massage based in knowledge and tradition, it was all about listening. When my therapist found tsubo points that drew her in - she asked me to take a breath in as she increased the pressure on the exhale. We worked together to move stagnant Qi and welcome relaxation. Only after she had worked the Bladder Line did she undrape my back and start with a beautifully deep Swedish Massage. This combination massage included more Shiatsu points when local tensions were being treated. She also used assisted stretches for the Metal Elements - Lung and Large Intestine. The session was rounded off with a facial massage lingering on Gallbladder, Small Intestine and Stomach face points.

Loved: How different the actual massage experience at Shizuka New York Day Spa was. It was unpredictable and amazing all at the same time.

Learned: In school we are verbally encouraged to incorperate all that we are learning when we practice massage. To be creative and play around with different aspects of the modalities we are absorbing. All of that is great to hear - but getting my massage at Shizuka New York Day Spa gave me a hands on demonstration to draw from in my work. To feel how the two worlds can be beautifully used together for therapeutic healing.

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