Normally, my "Letters From the Editor" cover some sort of advice or allow me to go on about how fashion changes our lives for the better. Rarely do I "feature" one specific thing. But this week is different. This week, I just can't help myself but tell you all about my recent, amazing experience at the new Luminique MedSpa right here in NYC's Soho neighborhood.
Now, I'm not usually a big "medspa" girl...I don't do injections of any kind, I don't like strangers touching my face (good-bye, facials...), and I'm in the natural sun so much that I don't ever really need to be spray-tanned. However, I am pretty much on the permanent hunt for the perfect massage. And after many, many (many, many, many) massages at just as many spas, hotels and nail salons, I have found it. Because Luminique was founded by plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Fiorillo, there is clearly a huge emphasis put on professionalism, correct form, and using all-too-often-forgotten additions to every massage (and other treatment, I'm sure).
But before I get to the details, let me tell you a little about the spa itself. With a street-level entrance on Hudson Street in Soho, the interior is small but airy, with no design detail spared. All "med" treatments (lasers, injectables & fillers) are done on the first floor, where you are greeted by a warm front desk staff, a gorgeous chandelier, an offer of a glass of champagne and the very best anti-aging products are available for purchase. Massages, spray tans, body scrubs and the like are done on the airy, loft-like second floor. With an hour-long Swedish massage clocking in at an extremely reasonable $138 and a complete lack of any sort of clinical feeling, this place truly is special.
I was lucky enough to have a wonderfully talented massage therapist named Andrea give me my massage. I had ordered the above-mentioned Swedish massage, but after our quick consultation, Andrea instinctively knew that I needed a bit of a customized treatment for my super sore runner's legs and stressed-out neck muscles. Also a Pilates teacher, Andrea even incorporated stretching into the massage, seemlessly working it in right when I needed it. This was, hands down, the single best (and therefore most effective) massage I've had in ages. I went running the next day and felt light as air. I could sit and write these articles without feeling like my neck was actually going to snap. And I have a sneaking suspicion that each and every one of Luminique's aestheticians and therapists are just as good as Andrea...
So I guess that instead of telling you to take time for yourself in this week's LFtE, I get to tell you exactly how and where to do it! So hurry up and make your appointment at Luminique MedSpa...and don't forget to "Like" them Facebook to get up-to-the-minute spa info!