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122 E 25th St (at Between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue)
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So I bought a last minute Groupon for a 45-minute massage here. I really needed one, my back and shoulders were killing me. I had never been to this place, and I was worried that ...

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I used to be a regular at Essential therapy for massages and used to love it, but my last visit has me looking for a new spa. Usually the service and quality of the massages ar...

Fantastic 9/30/2011

So I bought a last minute Groupon for a 45-minute massage here. I really needed one, my back and shoulders were killing me. I had never been to this place, and I was worried that I needed an hour not just 45 minutes, etc. Anyway it was fantastic -- I had Jan ("yan"), and he found every single knot in my back. He would use all sorts of techniques, and later I thought of all the other massage therapists in my life and why weren't they doing these, etc. 45 minutes seemed to last a long time, there was no wasted time. Feels great after, so glad I went. The place is also nice, the massage room smelled really good, and they used some sort of aromatherapy oils, it was a really nice touch. Also bonus to the really cheerful and nice receptionist -- I hate cranky receptionists, I'm at a spa to get away from cranky people. more

Friendly, relaxing, and proffesional atmosphere 4/3/2011

To start, when entering the place I felt like I was somewhere else, almost like entering a temple, very peaceful, and jet modern. I really enjoy soaking in the hot tub, then I went to the sauna. Tried the steam room, took a shower, and then when I had left behind all the stress, I got an A-1 massage by one of their therapist. After the massage, I could not resist the temptation, and went back to the sauna and the hot tub. They also provided me with a robe, towels as needed, and a disposable pair of flip-flops . In general, I felt comfortable and relaxed. Is was a treat after a cold winter day that lasted for days. more

Friendly, relaxing, and proffesional atmosphere 4/3/2011

To start, when entering the place I felt like I was somewhere else, almost like entering a temple, very peaceful, and jet modern. I really enjoy soaking in the hot tub, then I went to the sauna. Tried the steam room, took a shower, and then when I had left behind all the stress, I got an A-1 massage by one of their therapist. After the massage, I could not resist the temptation, and went back to the sauna and the hot tub. They also provided me with a robe, towels as needed, and a disposable pair of flip-flops . In general, I felt comfortable and relaxed. Is was a treat after a cold winter day that lasted for days. more

Simply the Best 10/28/2010

I got a Groupon as a present from my friend. I called and set up an appointment, receptionist was quite nice and friendly. I didn't have big expectations but the place blew me away. At first when you come in it seems like a small place but when I was taken to the locker room I realize it's quite a big place. I loved the decor, it's cozy and warm not like other places that are big and impersonal. I felt very welcome and at peace. My massage was just perfect. I didn't have to explain too much to my therapist, she just knew exactly where to go and what amount of pressure to apply. In overall I had a great experience, and very pleased with the service. I'll give the decor a 10. I highly recommend it, I will be back. more

Simply the Best 10/28/2010

I got a Groupon as a present from my friend. I called and set up an appointment, receptionist was quite nice and friendly. I didn't have big expectations but the place blew me away. At first when you come in it seems like a small place but when I was taken to the locker room I realize it's quite a big place. I loved the decor, it's cozy and warm not like other places that are big and impersonal. I felt very welcome and at peace. My massage was just perfect. I didn't have to explain too much to my therapist, she just knew exactly where to go and what amount of pressure to apply. In overall I had a great experience, and very pleased with the service. I'll give the decor a 10. I highly recommend it, I will be back. more

change in management? 8/2/2010

I used to be a regular at Essential therapy for massages and used to love it, but my last visit has me looking for a new spa. Usually the service and quality of the massages are great, but on Sunday from the moment we walked in the receptionist was very short with us and I felt like I was walked into the DMV. I was totally unwelcome and was a total bother to the receptionist. i had my massage and it wad not the quality i was used to, it was uneven in pressure and she would do one thing to one side of my back and then half of that to the other side...it was so strange. Then on the way out again, the receptionist was rude and I felt more stressed out that when I walked in! I'm so sad cause I use to loved this place and this last experience was SOO bad that I don't want to go back. Thanks Goodness it was cheap but I'm willing to go somewhere and pay a couple extra dollars to really be relaxed. Pros: price Cons: service more

change in management? 8/1/2010

I used to be a regular at Essential therapy for massages and used to love it, but my last visit has me looking for a new spa. Usually the service and quality of the massages are great, but on Sunday from the moment we walked in the receptionist was very short with us and I felt like I was walked into the DMV. I was totally unwelcome and was a total bother to the receptionist. i had my massage and it wad not the quality i was used to, it was uneven in pressure and she would do one thing to one side of my back and then half of that to the other side...it was so strange. Then on the way out again, the receptionist was rude and I felt more stressed out that when I walked in! I'm so sad cause I use to loved this place and this last experience was SOO bad that I don't want to go back. Thanks Goodness it was cheap but I'm willing to go somewhere and pay a couple extra dollars to really be relaxed. Pros: price Cons: service more

Great massage 4/1/2010

I had a good time. I went for a spa package (basically massage and facial) and both services were great, especially I was impressed with my Deep Tissue Massage - probably the best I've ever had! I overheard two other ladies in the locker room and they seem to be very pleased with their massages as well.\r The staff was friendly and professional and the spa is comfortable, clean and cozy. Great job and I will be back more

Great Massage 3/30/2010

I had a good time. I went for a spa package (basically massage and facial) and both services were great, especially I was impressed with my Deep Tissue Massage - probably the best I've ever had! I overheard two other ladies in the locker room and they seem to be very pleased with their massages as well. The staff was friendly and professional and the spa is comfortable, clean and cozy. Great job and I will be back. Pros: great massage, sauna Cons: no snacks, tea etc more

My massage was amazing! 2/2/2010

I got a gift cert from my wife and she recommended Kimberley. Deep tissue massage was just what I needed. My neck and shoulders never felt better. I like the dry sauna and steam. It was an overall great experience. I recommend the spa and Kimberley. We bought gift certificates specials they offer, so will be there often. more

My massage was amazing! 2/1/2010

I got a gift cert from my wife and she recommended Kimberley. Deep tissue massage was just what I needed. My neck and shoulders never felt better. I like the dry sauna and steam. It was an overall great experience. I recommend the spa and Kimberley. We bought gift certificates specials they offer, so will be there often. more

Raul gave a great massage! 8/20/2009

Raul gave a great massage! Would reccomend him! Pros: Great prices! hidden little Gem! Cons: Somewhat small more

Raul gave a great massage! 8/19/2009

Raul gave a great massage! Would reccomend him! Pros: Great prices! hidden little Gem! Cons: Somewhat small more

Homely atmosphere at great prices! 5/20/2009

I really like this place! I have been here many times and enjoy that it is small and intimate. The services I have gotten, mostly massages, have also been great. The last time I was there, though, I noticed the hot tub did not smell so pleasant. The bathroom in the women's locker room is also a little tight. And if you have a massage in a room off the main gathering area, you can hear people talking. The most recent visit was my least favorite because of that last reason. But for $70, can I complain? I have had a couples massage there before, though, and found it to be wonderful. Pros: the price, the intimate atmosphere Cons: small bathroom, stinky hot tub, thin walls more

Homely atmosphere at great prices! 5/19/2009

I really like this place! I have been here many times and enjoy that it is small and intimate. The services I have gotten, mostly massages, have also been great. The last time I was there, though, I noticed the hot tub did not smell so pleasant. The bathroom in the women's locker room is also a little tight. And if you have a massage in a room off the main gathering area, you can hear people talking. The most recent visit was my least favorite because of that last reason. But for $70, can I complain? I have had a couples massage there before, though, and found it to be wonderful. Pros: the price, the intimate atmosphere Cons: small bathroom, stinky hot tub, thin walls more

I found my new therapist! 4/21/2009

I was recommened by a co-worker due to my neck and upper back issues, I had an appointment with Kimberly.. Not only are her skills unmatched, she knew what my problem was before I could tell her, she was asking questions that I didn't think of! She works deeply but to my tolerance and most of all she found some knots I didn't know I had! She is a knot whisperer:) I felt so much better, I left with no headache and she even cleared my sinuses too... I have tried several spas, clinics, etc..I can't believe I found my match... I'd recommend this place to everyone, but if there's something specific, she's your girl, trust me.. more

I found my new therapist! 4/20/2009

I was recommened by a co-worker due to my neck and upper back issues, I had an appointment with Kimberly.. Not only are her skills unmatched, she knew what my problem was before I could tell her, she was asking questions that I didn't think of! She works deeply but to my tolerance and most of all she found some knots I didn't know I had! She is a knot whisperer:) I felt so much better, I left with no headache and she even cleared my sinuses too... I have tried several spas, clinics, etc..I can't believe I found my match... I'd recommend this place to everyone, but if there's something specific, she's your girl, trust me.. more

Good Massage 4/10/2009

I can highly recommend this place. I have been experiencing pain and discomfort in my lower back for more than a week. My girlfriend suggested that I get a massage before going to a doctor to see if it would help at all. So I went to this place for a one hour deep tissue massage and it really did help a lot. The discomfort that I was feeling when I move my back subsided the next day and the pain is considerably less when I lie down or turn my back. Other than their great massage, the place was nice and the people were friendly. Highly recommended! Pros: showers, jacuzzi Cons: tips cash only more

Good Massage 4/9/2009

I can highly recommend this place. I have been experiencing pain and discomfort in my lower back for more than a week. My girlfriend suggested that I get a massage before going to a doctor to see if it would help at all. So I went to this place for a one hour deep tissue massage and it really did help a lot. The discomfort that I was feeling when I move my back subsided the next day and the pain is considerably less when I lie down or turn my back. Other than their great massage, the place was nice and the people were friendly. Highly recommended! Pros: showers, jacuzzi Cons: tips cash only more

Horror story 3/27/2009

we were told they would come back and get us from the sauna room (there are only 3 public rooms- so not large place). 30min into our appt, we went to find them and they said they were looking for us in the waiting room. Complete miscommunication on their part but to make it worse- they would not go through with the massage NOR would they reschedule. they were complete d-bags about it when I was trying to remain calm and professional. while I was there, two other customers complained about them waiting well beyond their appt time. what a circus.. I am disputing all charges, even the ADDITIONAL charges, but I hope you will just go somewhere else simply based on the fact that the mgr, Carlos, is just a plain ol' douche. Pros: sauna Cons: management more
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  • Essential Therapy, located in Midtown Manhattan in NYC, is dedicated to the healing power of massage. Through our therapeutic techniques & our ability to communicate with the minds & bodies of our clients, we offer a true transformational experience....

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  • The Scene
    Owned by Carlos Araque, whose credits include a stint as offical massage therapist to the Mets, Essential Therapy is housed in quiet quarters at the back of a Flatiron-area office building. The warm waiting lounge, three dimly lit treatment rooms and sleek bathroom (with shower) are surprisingly spacious; the pervasive scent of essential oils relaxes clients instantly.

    The Services
    Expert in a number of massage styles--including Swedish, deep tissue, medical, craniosacral, shiatsu, hot stone and prenatal--Essential's staff of therapists tailor each session to a client's immediate needs, working towards pain relief and prevention. For chronic lower back pain, for example, Araque may incorporate stretching and pressure-point work; with a number of dancer and athlete clients, he's also a great resource for at-home techniques and tips on incorporating massage into fitness programs.

  • 9/29/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 10am-10pm Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Kips Bay

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