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