Our Origins

Founded in 1993, La Casa Spa & Wellness Center enjoys the status of being the oldest spa in the New York City. La Casa represents the vision of its Founder and Director, Dr. Jane G. Goldberg. Long before holistic medicine became a household word, Jane spent the 1970’s and 80’s traveling the world with her mother, seeking and utilizing alternative cancer therapies. Her mother, Madeleine Malvina Goldberg, had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer for which traditional medicine offered no cure. Through following sound, efficacious and documented principles of holistic health, Jane’s mother reversed her cancer condition entirely. Jane watched in awe (as did the doctors) as Madeleine moved out of her wheelchair and began, once again, to play tennis.

From this experience, Jane was inspired to specialize in her psychoanalytic practice to work with cancer patients. La Casa Spa was born out of Jane’s understanding of a paramount need for a healing center in NYC in which holistic therapies would be offered. Jane has authored several highly acclaimed books on both psychological and physical health.

Jane and her partner, La Casa’s manager since its inception, Gregg Lalley, invite you to partake of the restorative and profoundly cleansing therapies that have brought La Casa world-wide recognition, and, as well, prompted the New York Times to describe it as a healing center that “comes close to magical realism.”

 

Our Ambiance

In the middle of the world’s busiest, most exciting island lies a secret place. It is a place of absolute serenity, healing and rejuvenation. You are no longer in Manhattan; you are in a space of timelessness. You are at La Casa. At La Casa, we offer a healing experience that has its origins in the wisdom of the ancient world. Throughout the ages, the experience of healers and sages is that life is not linear and fixed but rather a world of gradations and of phases of subtlety. Underlying the apparent phenomenal world is a more refined realm of energy and creation; this is the realm of the 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Sky. It is the principles of the 5 elements and their healing energies upon which we base all our treatments and products.

The Science

Our treatments and products begin with the idea that the skin is the door to inner health. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and serves as a link to all the other organs. Physicians are now reviving the age-old practice of delivering medicine through the skin. So great, in fact, is the ability of the skin to absorb substances that one drop of essential oil placed on the fingertip will show up in hair analysis ten minutes later. Therefore, the skin is the starting point in all our treatments. We treat the skin as though it is a living, breathing organ that expands and contracts, senses and responds, knows as well as remembers, ceaselessly dying as well as becoming.

Our approach is, then, to renew the body through the skin. We use various methods of tactile stimulation through ancient as well as modern massage techniques. We use methods of detoxification to cleanse and refine the skin; we then nourish the skin through careful application of our nutrient-rich formulas, selected especially to meet the unique needs of your skin.

At La Casa, we emphasize detoxification. It has been estimated that the body contains somewhere between 70 and 100 trillion cells. All through the ages, each of the world’s traditions of health and rejuvenation have emphasized methods of cleansing; cleansing of the body and mind is the sine qua non of a healthy as well as a spiritual existence. We like to refer our clients to the experiment that Nobel Prize-winning scientist Alexis Carrel conducted. Carrel had kept cells from the heart of a chicken embryo alive by simply immersing the cells in a nutrient solution and changing the solution.

Each day new nutrients were added and waste was cleaned out. This experiment continued for 29 years without a hitch. It was beginning to seem as though with the right nutrients and with proper waste elimination, the cells would go on living forever. Until a fatal mistake was made! Carrel’s lab technician accidentally forgot to change the solution, and the cells died from being immersed in their own waste products. The cells were, in effect, lethally auto-intoxicated. To clean out the over 70 trillion cells that comprise the human body, we need to pay a lot of attention to waste elimination.

At La Casa, we have various methods of detoxification and cleansing.

We encourage our clients to use our sauna to detoxify through the sweat glands. In natural health circles, the skin is referred to as the body’s third lung, or third kidney. It aids tremendously in throwing off all toxins from the body. We absorb more impurities, and eliminate more waste through the skin than any other organ in our bodies (including the colon Two pounds of waste are eliminated every day through the skin. The skin works hand in hand with the kidneys On hot days, we do a lot of our elimination through our skin, and our kidneys don’t have to work as hard. Conversely, on cold days, our kidneys take over this function of the skin because the skin is not eliminating very much.

We offer colon cleansing. It has been said that death begins in the colon. There is a study of over 1000 women with histories of constipation Fluid was extracted from the breasts of the women. This fluid showed abnormal cells which are the same abnormal cells found in women with breast cancer These cellular abnormalities occurred five times as often in women who moved their bowels fewer than three times a week than in women who did so more than once a day.

We offer salt-saturation detoxification. There is no better whole-body cleansing that immersing yourself in the 800 pounds of Epsom salts that comprise our float chamber.

At La Casa Spa & Wellness Center, we have created for you an environment that is a feast for all of your senses.

Join us. Call 212-673-2272 for specials and a list of services or visit the many pages on our website to learn more.