Many people think of a spa treatment as something you indulge in only on vacation, or when you get a special gift certificate, but good spa treatments can help you look and feel better, all year round. And, one of the best reasons to treat yourself is that it is almost Spa Week® (April 11-17). If you haven’t participated previously, the news is that Spa Week is a bi-annual event that offers anyone, full service spa treatments at spas across North America, for just $50.00! How can you beat that?! Starting March 14th you can book treatment on the Spa Week Web from selected spas.
I was asked to preview Spa Me, a spa in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Spa Me is brand new. It just opened in February. I was warmly greeted at the desk and was introduced to Wendy, the Manager. She was too camera shy to pose in my photos or in my video, but she gave me a tour. Spa Me is currently primarily serving a local clientele who already know the people providing the services. But no matter where you live, it’s worth the trip to Spa Me.
Many spas feature luxurious lounges with lots of beverages and snacks, fluffy robes and slippers, dedicated changing rooms, lots of treatment rooms, and lots of shower facilities. Spa Me is small, and it features only a few treatment rooms, including two rooms configured so that couples can enjoy a couples massage head to head (or toes to toes), The accomodations are spare. I didn’t see any place that clients could lounge pre or post treatments, other than some sofas at the front of the spa. As far as I could tell, there are not changing rooms. I changed in the treatment room, and left my belongings on a chair near the massage table. Instead of a post-massage shower, body oils were wiped off with warm towels (something I enjoyed). I am assuming if you wanted a shower, you could use the one, multiple-head shower that is basically there for people who who want to rinse off after body wraps and polishes.
But these issues aside, I was there to test the quality of the spa treatment, and it did not disappoint. I had the 50 minute Deep Tissue Massage. There are four on staff at Spa Me, but Wendy, the Manager, was my masseuse. She told me that the most popular treatments at Spa Me so far are facials and massages, but of course there are plenty of other spa treatments from wraps and body polishes, to waxing.
Wendy was a very capable masseuse and she put her heart and soul into her work. She told me that she learned the art of massage from her father, an herbalist (her brother is an acupuncturist) and then got her license and worked in other salons prior to Spa Me.. I was surprised that she didn’t ask me prior to the treatment if I had any particular issues (I don’t). I’m assuming that it’s because she knew I was a reporter and not a neophyte when it comes to spa treatments, so I know what to expect, and am not shy about speaking up. But if you are a first-timer or you’re not asked about something that might affect you during the massage (e.g. a recent skin condition, surgery, illness or injury) it’s a good idea to volunteer that information, even if you are not asked for it. I also wasn’t offered water after the treatment (it’s a good idea to drink a lot of water after you’ve had a massage to flush away the toxins).
But while pretty lounges, beverages, and fluffy robes are nice touches, it is the treatment you are there for. Wendy’s massage was very thorough, head to feet. I am tense and always bent over a computer. Wendy sensed it right away. She asked if I wanted more intensity and when I said yes, adjusted accordingly. At first, I asked her all sorts of questions about the spa so I could write this review, but finally I succumbed to relaxation. When I finally got up, I felt ache-free for the first time in weeks. Actually, I felt great. While Spa Me definitely isn’t the fanciest spa I’ve ever experienced, it was one of the best massages I have ever had. I would definitely go back, and recommend Spa Me to you.
The great news is that for Spa Week, Spa Me is offering several treatment specials: Take your choice of the 50 Min Deep Tissue Therapy Massage *the one I had with Wendy –an $85.00 value; or a 50 Min Aromatherapy Body Therapy ; a 60 Min PH Balance Purifying Facial with Customized Mask or a 45 Min Ageloc Anti-Aging and Firming Facial Treatment
TIP: After you’ve had your treatments, take a few minutes to walk around the neighborhood. Bay Ridge is a melting pot of different cultures and within a few blocks of Spa Me were a number of colorful fruit and vegetable markets, some selling ethnic foods, bakeries, and a couple of discount stores that actually had some household things I needed, but for much less than I’d pay in my neighborhood.
Spa Me is located at 7405 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. PH: 718.836.1888 The R train to 77th street gets you to 4th avenue, a short walk to Spa Me.
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