Spa Spotlight: La Vie Zen Spa

La Vie Zen delivers a well-rounded spa experience with services that captive the senses.

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I have some good news, I’m here to tell you that even in the heart of Manhattan, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg at a hotel spa to get the complete, thorough spa experience, but rather, there’s a day spa that does just that. Low and behold: La Vie Zen Spa.

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Situated in the hustle and bustle of Midtown East, La Vie Zen possesses a chic, polished aesthetic that can easily be mistaken for a dreamy, coastal sanctuary. Upon entering, the soothing sound of a beautiful waterfall is complimented by a combination of delicious aromatherapies care of the “eco-chic” line of Indie Lee essential oils. Opened in 2007 and then renovated under owner Albert Luk in late 2011, La Vie Zen comes complete with eleven treatment rooms including a Vichy Shower room, (a Vichy Shower in NYC!!) consultation lounge, relaxation lounge and locker/dressing area where I would soon change into my robe and slippers and let my stress from the outside urban world vanish.

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I was going to be receiving the Zen Senses Facial; La Vie Zen’s signature facial experience customized to stimulate and enrich each of the five senses. Pre-appointment, the client first sets his/her intention setting: Balancing, Detoxifying, Energizing, Rejuvenating or Soothing. Since it’s been quite a while since my last facial and I‘m a fan of anything that endorses the word “detox,” I went with the Detoxifying setting.

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Prior to my service, a delicious spread of organic apples and walnuts with cinnamon awaited me in the relaxation area as the first “taste” portion of the treatment. It was the perfect way to begin the unwinding process after a long day. I was then greeted by esthetician Marianna Jucan AKA La Vie Zen’s lady of luxury, to talk about the facial I’d be receiving and discuss my skin type and any allergies or concerns I may have (which is definitely a crucial step before receiving any professional skincare treatment).

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It was now time to make way to my treatment room and get cozied onto the welcoming treatment bed. We began by cleansing my face with the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser that gave off a calming and sweet scent of strawberries. It wasn’t long before I began to drift into a complete state of relaxation. In addition to receiving plenty of steam, exfoliation, much-needed extractions, healing mask and a delightful hand and scalp massage, some of the more unique elements of the facial included Blue light chromo therapy, light Lymphatic Drainage and Myofacial Release with a focus on detoxifying organs like the liver, bladder and lower intestine – all while peaceful and gentle percussive music played in the background. It was a wonderful feeling to know that while I was not only pampering my face, my entire body from the inside out was undergoing a true, wellness experience.

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Once I awoke from my blissful nap, it was back to the relaxation area to savor in some “Get Clean” tea with Rooibos, Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Clover and Almond which was the perfect way to conclude my service. The Zen Senses Facial is successful in creating a head to toe experience that truly does captivate each of the five senses while creating an overall feeling of well-being that lasts far beyond your spa visit. Days later, I still feel relaxed, healthier and have a fresh-faced complexion to match.

What’s even better? La Vie Zen is participating in National Spa Week next month (October 14th-20th) when they’ll offer some of their most coveted services for just $50 each! Visit www.spaweek.com on September 16th to find out what they’re offering and book your appointment.

Kelly Verdi is the Public Relations Manager at Spa Week Media Group. She loves dogs, 80 minute facials and a good blowout worth bragging about.

East Meets West: Acupuncture and Laser Genesis at Noy Boutique Spa (VIDEO)


Last week I had the chance to try out traditional eastern medicine and a hi-tech western spa treatment at Noy Boutique Spa in NYC, a holistic skin care & wellness studio led by a talented mother daughter team of professional practitioners, (located right near Grand Central). Derived from Hebrew, Noy is defined as a state of beauty and grace.

At Noy, Danna (the daughter) and Elana (the mother) believe that the face is a mirror that reflects any imbalances inside the body. Once they analyze a clients’ skin, they can identify the root of their concerns – not just symptoms – and treat the underlying condition. What makes Noy special, and what I had the pleasure of experiencing, was their east meets west holistic approach to skin care, which combines the time-tested natural therapies of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine with state-of-the-art western technology. So when I went to visit Noy, I was sure to try out both sides of the wellness spectrum with acupuncture by Elana and a customized Laser Genesis facial by Danna.

This beautiful spa is truly a classy, clean and professional boutique, which provides an intimate and inviting atmosphere for you to get to know both Danna and Elana, and for them to get to know you. First, I met with Elena, to discuss the ancient art of Acupuncture. After a brief survey of my medical history and an in-depth discussion of my current aches, pains and concerns, Elana and I decided that she would be focusing our session on my shoulder pain (from a volleyball injury in college) and my overall stressed-out-ness. With so much stressing, Elena concluded I have an intense “Fire” personality, categorized by someone who wants to do it all and is always running around trying to get everything done. That intensity and anxiety to have it all can sometimes lead to over-indulgence, which isn’t so good for keeping a trim waistline (I admit, I can’t stop at just one Oreo!). So, we focused on my stomach and ears for weight and stress management and my shoulder for pain management.

East: Acupuncture with Elana

First we started on my stomach, where Elana created somewhat of a bull’s-eye around my belly button, strategically placing individually wrapped and sterile acupuncture needles into my skin with a “tap, tap” motion (that you can see in the video). I couldn’t feel any of the needles entering my skin at all. I was so surprised. Then she moved to my left shoulder, to work on the opposite pressure points to relieve pain in my right shoulder. I only felt one of the needles with a very slight twinge or vibration as it was secured into my shoulder, but other than that… I felt nothing. Then, moving onto my ears, Elena placed three needles in each; I felt the acupuncture points for heart (anxiety), for sugar cravings and for appetite a little bit more, with a dull pinch in each point. Next, she tap-tapped one needle in the center of my forehead, in the heart position for balance. Moving back to my stomach, Elana placed little alligator electrode clips onto the needles still in my stomach to pulse an electric current though the meridians in my stomach, increasing the impact of the needles. It felt like a light vibration or buzzing throughout my skin. After a little tuning fork vibrational therapy and some more relaxing, Elena removed the needles and I was off to see Danna for my facial.

West: Laser Genesis with Danna

Danna, a very skilled esthetician, cleansed and toned my face with customized cleansers selected for my skin type (I have dry skin) and the assessed my skin under a large florescent magnifying glass. Then, after donning some super stylish protective eyewear, using the Laser Genesis machine, Danna skillfully passed the laser wand over my entire face, as it pulsated warm, red light into the upper dermis of my skin. The heat, which felt similar to the warmth emitted by a low-grade tanning bed, essentially warmed up the lower layers of my skin, to kick-start collagen renewal, improve the appearance of large pores, acne scars, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. After a few minutes, there was a weird aroma and without me even having to ask, Danna informed me that the scent was of the invisible hairs on my face being slightly singed by the powerful laser (can you say free face wax?! ha ha). After the treatment, Danna applied a customized facial mask and gave me a magnificent little shoulder and arm massage. After the mask was removed, my face was cleansed, toned moisturized (with SPF) and I even got a little SPF lip moisturizer to boot.

The results:

The night after my acupuncture treatment, I slept like a baby. And that is no exaggeration. I’ve always had a hard time falling asleep at night (mind racing, thoughts wandering) and ever since my treatment I have seen a dramatic improvement on my ability to fall and stay asleep. Not to mention, my right shoulder, with which I always wake up with numbness, pain and discomfort, was completely pain-free after my acupuncture session. It worked almost instantly after the treatment and lasted for about a week afterwards. To say I was pleased and shocked is an understatement. In the next two to three days that followed my Laser Genesis treatment, I noticed a stubborn nose blemish on my nose dramatically faded and the skin around my cheeks and eyes was noticeably plumper and firmer (at least it was to me). My make-up goes on smoother and I am happily applying less because my skin has retained a fantastic glow ever since the treatment.

I definitely recommend acupuncture for the immediate relief of chronic, nagging pain and for stress management. I haven’t seen any noticeable difference in my waistline since the treatment, but that’s not to say it hasn’t made me a little bit more conscious about how much work and food is on my plate. I would also recommend laser genesis for those seeking a non-surgical, non-invasive wrinkle reduction and skin-firming treatment and for those who have acne blemishes or scars. The icing on the cake, both Elana and Danna are informative and attentive without being overwhelming. You can tell they are related, because they both have a soothing, calming affect when practicing which definitely rubbed off on me both during and after my appointment and I cannot wait to go back.

For more information on Noy Boutique Spa, visit www.noyspanyc.com and follow them on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out their blog, in which Danna regularly post awesome skincare tips and tricks!

Glamourella NYC: The Brow Story

Need a miracle worker to turn your Frida Kahlo brows into two separate yet equally beautiful works of art? Looking to fight the fuzz down there without the hassle of a razor or a hedge clipper? Look no further than Glamourella NYC, a glamorous and professional beauty boutique I recently discovered in New York City.

THE BACK-STORY: Glamourella NYC is the brainchild of two NYS licensed estheticians and BFFs, Maxine and Lizzy, who got their start in the spa industry over a decade ago. After waxing celebrities and starlets became a total bore, the pair decided to reinvent the industry by taking their skills directly to their clients with by-appointment-only house calls. After a few years of romping all over the city making beauty miracles a reality, Maxine and Lizzy decided to make 5th Ave home and opened their own beauty boutique with a full menu of quick and painless waxing services and 100% organic airbrush tanning. With over 20 years of combined expertise, Maxine and Lizzy have turned their customized waxing art into a science.

Last week, I headed over to Glamourella’s new 5th Avenue location for a seriously-needed eyebrow shaping. I wasn’t even planning on covering them for a feature; I just had to get my eyebrows done. They were so tragic!

THE BROW-STORY: Right off the bat, when I walked into the reception area I could already tell I was going to have a blast. Maxine and Lizzy greeted me like an old friend! Maxine and I waltzed into the treatment room, adorned with diva pink and retro girlie glam. Literally, half way through the wax (when Maxine was just about done with my left brow), I told her I work for Spa Week, and if she wanted, I could take some pictures and share my experiences — I got such a good vibe from her that I knew I would have to share. It’s so refreshing to walk into a spa and KNOW you’re going to be in good hands.

Did you know there is a uniquely flattering eyebrow shape for every type of face? Well, I didn’t. And that’s exactly what Maxine taught me when she was inspecting my brows under a large florescent magnifying light. I pretty much have an oval face, so using some serious-no-ouch wax, Maxine sculpted, plucked and trimmed my brows to face flattering perfection. This was HANDS DOWN the  least painful wax I have ever experienced. Here’s the before and after picture:
I always get red after waxing, but I noticed that this time I only got a little pink and it only lasted for 15 minutes or so. Here’s a look at both eyebrows completely done:
THE NOW-STORY: They’re brushed, fluffed and tamed… hooray! And just so you know, this wax was absolutely lovely and totally worth the minimal $20 price tag, here’s a look at my brows one week later (with a little added definition and color from Benefit’s Brow Zings):
Even with the The Glamourella Girls’ fabulous and fun vibe ( you should check out their hilarious blog full of tips, tricks, musings and more), you can rest assured that in addition to giving you the most drama-free wax of your life, Lizzy and Maxine adhere to the most of strict sanitary procedures by using single-use implements and absolutely NO double dipping. After just one visit to Glamourella NYC, you’ll be perfectly smooth and completely hooked, just like me.

Glamourella NYC
303 Fifth Avenue (near 31st Street)
Suite 803
New York, NY 10016
(347) 899 7275

New NYC Spa: No Service Less Than 70 Minutes

We are pleased to introduce New York City’s Glamor Health Spa as the newest haven of relaxation to hit the NYC spa scene. We’re sure by now most of you are spa experts, so you can rest assured that the pros at Glamor Health Spa, located in Midtown East, specialize in treatments that open up the meridians in your body, nourish the energy and increase circulation to your heart. It’s a total experience for the body inside and out, plus every treatment is 70 minutes long!

Glamor Health Spa December Deals

  • Brow/Leg Wax & Facial $99
  • Shampoo & Blow Dry, Green Tea Facial, Leg & Brow Wax $120
  • Massage, Lower Leg, Brow & Bikini Wax, Green Tea Facial, Shampoo & Blow Dry $150

To check out more of our spa deals for December click here.