Perhaps Renew & Relax Spas proximity to the Voice office makes us biased, but a 10-minute rubdown here is better than a three-martini lunch. When you enter, it seems more like a glorified nail salon than a true spa; its far from the chic pampering available at places like Bliss or the nearby Great Jones Spa. Theres no cucumber water waiting and no Upper East Side society ladies in sight (thankfully). This is the working womans quick fix for an aching back or sore shoulders. A speedy 10-minute massage, given by a polite and thorough masseuse in one of the chairs up front, is just $10.50; 15 minutes is $16. The chair massages arent advertised, but theyre a popular after-work treat for those whod rather spend their happy-hour money on getting out knots. If you need some serious recharging, Renew & Relax also has a hidden basement of pleasure where they offer full-body, 50-minute massages ($50$74), hot-stone treatments ($79), and facials (starting at $40).
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2008
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