We’re dubbing January self-care month: Because after the silly season, you know you’re in need of a good massage and a green juice. And while self-care can mean simply switching the notifications off your phone or unfollowing Trump on Twitter, we’ve found some more indulgent ways to show yourself some love. To inspire your next session of self-care, we’ve rounded up the 11 best places in New York to enjoy a little solo time:
A downtown escape for city dwellers seeking a modern path to total relaxation with style, character and ease. Step into their ultra-Instagrammable space for massages, manicures (including nail art!) and healthy drinks and snacks—oh, and there’s wine.
149 Essex St. New York, NY 10002 chillhouse.com
This nail salon is having a moment right now, thanks to their chic decor and natural products. Located in Nomad, New York, Sundays takes a new, healthier approach to manicures using only earth-friendly, non-toxic polishes and fresh home-made hand lotions and scrubs on clients derived from essential oils and coconut milk. Meditation is also integrated into treatments for that full ‘look good, feel good’ experience. What are you waiting for?
51 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010 dearsundays.com
4. Mama Medicine
Deborah Hanekamp (Mama Medicine) was dubbed by Vogue “fashion’s favorite healer.” She’s a Seeress with over 17 yrs in the healing arts. Hanekamp has all the woo-woo healing credentials: She’s an Initiated Amazonian Shaman, Reiki Master and Yogini. Her space is light, airy, and destined for the ‘gram, but don’t let the minimalist decor or millennial pink crystals throw you, Mama Medicine offers a deep healing experience.
73 Spring St Suite 501, New York, NY 10012 mamamedicine.nyc
Like a temple hidden within NYC, AIRE spaces are all about relaxing the body and mind. Inspired by the tradition of the baths of the ancient Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilizations, choose from different experiences in a candlelit historical building.
88 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013 beaire.com
MNDFL Meditation’s concept is simple: Book a cushion online and then arrive IRL for a guided group meditation practice in one of the chic, light-filled studios across New York. Each studio has been thoughtfully curated and planned to offer a stylish, quiet, inclusive space—from the sleek decor to experienced staff and the calm ambiance.
10 East 8th Street New York, NY 10002
239 E. 60th Street New York, NY 10022
208 N. 8th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 mndflmeditation.com
Higher Dose offers a cool space for infrared sauna sessions. Some studies have shown that far infrared heat therapy can lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve circulation, and even boost your mood—some fans even say it can help deliver clear, glowing skin. A single 60-minute session costs $65, however prices reduce if you buy multiple sessions.
Multiple locations: SoHo, Lower East Side, Flatiron, Williamsburg higherdose.com
This light-and-airy nail salon is known for its natural-as-possibly manicures. All of tenoverten’s products are ‘8-free’, meaning they are free of the major eight ingredients typically found in nail polish that has been linked to toxicity.
Multiple Locations: Midtown, Soho, Tribeca, Financial District tenoverten.com
Floatation therapy, acupuncture, facials, massage and a salt cave: Floating Lotus draws on the best Eastern techniques for the ultimate relaxation destination.
39 West 56th Street, Penthouse New York, NY 10019 floatinglotus.com
Massages, facials, manicures, you name it—Haven Spa NYC offers everything you need for indulgent self-care. The spa’s “mini escape” menu offers great ways to de-stress in 30 minutes.
250 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012 havenspa.nyc
French skincare brand Caudalie, has stores all over New York, but our favorite is their Meatpacking location. Tucked at the back of the store you’ll find a chic, quiet cafe that leads into Caudalie’s indulgent spa. Head here for a facial, a coffee, and a little skincare shopping.
823 Washington St, New York, NY 10014 us.caudalie.com