We experience a little elemental wellbeing at the Shibui Spa….
The Shibui Spa is in the basement of the Greenwich Hotel, which emphasises the dark and sexy feel of the interior design. It has a city vibe enhanced by the elegant girls on reception and the utilitarian-cool gym filled with people in motion (although you hear nothing of their sweating and panting). The spa has a trendiness that could only come from a Robert DeNiro-owned New York hotel.
However, there is also a holistic and natural element due to the staff’s gentle manner and their immediate offering of an immune-boosting oil to be used during my massage (I chose metal – to detoxify and tone). This is definitely a place for pampering!
Their approach is one of thoughtfulness, guided through to their luxurious changing room and told to wait peacefully by their lantern-lit pool. Their philosophy is about restoring the body’s equilibrium, by drawing upon Eastern and Western techniques and tailoring them to specific city-dwellers needs.
The Elemental Wellbeing massage begins in the shiatsu room, where I have a ten-minute, private Japanese bath in a traditional ofuro tub. Here, I drink lots of water and confront my thoughts in a mineral-infused, black-tiled bath.
The next part of the treatment involved dry skin brushing towards the heart to encourage skin cell regeneration and to stimulate my lymphatic flow. The brush they use is better than the one I have in London and is made from Japanese palm plant. It hurts less but feels far more effective at livening up the epidermis.
Now ready for the deep tissue massage – my very purposeful yet compassionate masseuse began to ‘‘intentionally’’ apply the detoxifying oil. An hour and half later and I am back by the pool – so relaxed that I am positively meditative. Upstairs and out onto the streets of downtown New York, I feel refreshed and energised.
75 or 105 minutes (bath, dry brushing and massage).
Prices from $250 / $325.
Greenwich Hotel New York
3 nights in a Courtyard Room on a room only basis PLUS a 30 minute stress reliever massage per person & 30 minute facial per person = £634 per person. Based on two people sharing a room. For travel in low season.
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