- 127 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10022, USA
Step off the face of the earth and into your own little piece of heaven at Metamorphosis Day Spa NY, a celestially-inspired beauty sanctuary located in the heart of Manhattan. We are a private, client-centered Manhattan day spa which accommodate only eight guests at a time.
Metamorphosis Day Spa NY is renowned for its friendly, unpretentious staff, esthetically pleasing and soothing atmosphere, and its qualified and certified professional estheticians and therapists. All spa services are administered by New York state licensed professionals, who provide beneficial treatments with the highest quality products. Skincare, massage, body treatments, threading, waxing, and more.
Our approach to beauty is subtle yet strong. Our spa is your oasis from the outside world. It is a place where silence and tranquility reign and your health, beauty, and comfort are our only concerns. Our lighting is muted and soft music adds to our soothing atmosphere was designed to feel blanketed you from the world at large. Metamorphosis is a respite far removed from your worries and concerns. All you have to concentrate on is pacing your breathing to the rhythmic music and enjoying the work of our nimble fingers and special skin formulas that target your problem areas as they enhance the natural beauty already visible.
We take great pride in offering world-class service in an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. In our treatments we use only the finest products and latest techniques to offer our guests the best results. Peruse our Services Menu of therapeutic massage, skin care, body treatments, hair removal, spa packages and much more.
Let me say upfront: I’m not a spa aficionado — this was my fourth treatment at a day spa — and I am a very tough customer. I visited Metamorphosis Day Spa in New York City in November 2004 for a massage and facial.
Most importantly, about the treatments— the massage with Julia was the best I’ve had yet. The facial was good, but not great.
Now, the details. The spa is located in a posh part of Manhattan on 56 Street, between Park and Madison. Fauchon is half a block away, so for those who really want to a treat themselves afterwards, you can head over to the severely over-priced sweet shop, which I hear is actually not up to par with the shops in France.
Entering the spa is a bit confusing. The address is 127 56 Street. Like many spots in New York City, there is a store front with the same address. The entrance to Metamorphosis is to the left of the store front, and it’s on the fifth floor. You have to be buzzed in.
The spa itself is also typical of prime New York City real estate—a small, long rectangular space with little natural light. I prefer the more open airy atmosphere of spas in Brooklyn and California, but most city dwellers will probably not even notice the smallness of the space.
Service at the front desk was a little confused and harried. No one seemed to take the lead as to what I should do once I arrived. After I sat on a bench in the main area, someone eventually escorted me to a waiting area. The waiting area was small, but comfortable — complete with jelly beans, chocolate kisses, Swiss Miss cocoa and lemon water, for those who were interested.
After filling out a short history form, I was taken to a treatment room by Vera, the aesthetician, for my facial. There are no lockers to store clothes, so I just put my clothes to the side, and later Vera put them in a Terry cloth bag which was used to transport them with me.
The music in the background was acoustic guitar. The tape did stop a few times and I was able to hear the traffic and sirens outside.
Vera, a very pleasant woman, did a fine job. Still, I prefer a more “organic” approach rather than her clinical one. First, she applied a cleanser, then toner, and then a pumpkin exfoliant. “Special for Thanksgiving,” said Vera, originally from Bulgaria. She massaged my face. She also massaged my arms and hands for a bit and then applied some cream and put my hands in plastic gloves, which fit into larger sturdier plastic gloves. This “Clean as a Whistle” facial costs $80.
After the facial/arms/hands massage, Vera hydrated my skin with a bio peptide cream and applied a mask. She left the room for about ten minutes, and returned to remove the mask. I was ready for the next treatment.
Now about that massage … Wow! I can’t tell you exactly what Julia, my massage therapist did, but whatever it was, she did it right! She started with my back — which is where I said carry most of the stress — and gave it all the attention it needed, and then went for the extremities, rather than the other way around. She used “deep tissue” massage -– very popular among stressed-out New Yorkers — and Swedish massage techniques. She also used a gel rather than oil, which leaves your skin less “sticky” afterwards.
Would I go back? In a New York minute. But, I’d ask for Julia and just have the massage.
— Teri Goldberg, November 11, 2004
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