La Casa Day Spa is a tranquil oasis for frazzled nerves and exhausted bodies. Olivia Biddle brewed all natural ingredients for my luxurious body polish, mixing seaweed, a chamomile concoction and some sensuous, fragrant oils to prepare my skin for the ultimate in nourishment.
Too much salt can be a bad thing for your health. But new spa services in the city are encouraging people to embrace it.
Halotherapy — or therapy that uses salt — plays on the healing benefits of the mineral, from relieving allergy symptoms and asthma to improving skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
“It’s all about healing at this low-key spa, where everything from the facials to the foot treatments aim to detoxify and re-balance the body. Founded in 1993 by psychoanalyst Dr. Jane Goldberg, the center offers an ever-growing list of alternative treatments that have each been extensively researched and vetted by the doctor herself.”
“There are only a few places to float in New York City. I first tried La Casa, a day spa near Union Square, which features a tank in large part because co-owner Jane Goldberg loves to float.* On a weekday morning, I climbed the stairs to La Casa, took off all my clothes, and, after showering, stepped into a large tub inside an enclosed chamber. I slid the blackout door closed behind me, eased down into the water, and touched a button that switched off the lights. I was floating in total darkness and silence.”
“…Puffy Eyes Be Gone (water) may have been my favorite. When the eyes are puffy, Dr. Goldberg says, it can mean there is a block in the circulation of lymphatic fluid. Deborah applied a motorized wand to the area around my eyes in small, stroking motions. Then she applied a collagen mask and set ice-cold stones on my eyelids. Unlike the jolt of the day before, these felt fantastic. As I relaxed, she gave me a hand massage, and I was sorry when it was over. My eyes stayed unpuffy for two days afterward…”
FROM TRIP ADVISOR: August 3, 2013 “Great place for cleansing & detox in the best location” “My Mom gave me a gift certificate for a colonic for my birthday. I couldn’t believe what a terrible present it was and thought … Continued