New York City's Nina’s Day Spa

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I’m pretty loyal when it comes to my massages, but in all honesty, trekking down to New York City’s Chinatown in this bone-chilling cold just isn’t happening for me.  A friend recommended Nina’s European Day Spa, centrally located on 35th and 5th, and promised it would live up to my high standards of DEEP-deep tissue.  (I mean, I have a ridiculously tight back under normal circumstances, but the Polar Vortex conditions are magnifying that by a bijillion.  Just saying.)  Anyhow, Jess was impressed.

I started off with a facial, including cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, massage, AND a mask (when in a day spa, eh?), and particularly loved how the esthetician Natalie didn’t try to up-sell at all during the process.  Any other place in the city I have tried has always done this (NO, I don’t want gold flakes rubbed into my face, thank you very much!), and I really feel it takes away from the whole relaxing experience.  I was super pleased that there was none of this involved, along with the fact that I was left in my cozy cocoon to nap under the hot steam for a pleasant amount of time, warding off the chill from outside.

Next, I was off to the massage room!  My high expectations were exceeded by the lovely therapist, Inga.  I knew we’d get along when she started the massage with “Just tell me if I’m going too hard…”  (No!  It’s perfect!)  The combo of the deep tissue, warming oils, hot towels, and strong, strong hands was the absolute best medicine to fight off the Polar Vortex.  Not to mention, I didn’t have to trek all the way downtown to get it.

WHERE: Nina’s European Day Spa
5 West 35th Street
New York, New York  10001
212.594.9610

 

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.

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