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Top 5 spas to escape to during midterm madness

Posted on March 5, 2014 | by Rebecca Riddle


With midterm season underway, stress levels can soar. Spa treatments are a great way to destress and unwind when you are feeling under pressure. Check out these unique spots around the city that will help ease the stress of exams without ruining your budget.

Friday Spa

Located in Midtown West, Friday Spa offers affordable massages. While the spa itself has a no-frills atmosphere, the prices and services more than make up for it. For $50 you can get your choice of an hour-long Swedish or deep tissue massage. Friday Spa also offers facials, body scrubs and seaweed wraps, all at very reasonable prices. Yelp offers a $5 coupon and the spa gives customers a free session after 10 visits.

Spa Boutique 2 Go

Offering a diverse selection of services, this day spa is worth the trek to East Harlem. Spa Boutique 2 Go offers several types of massages, facials and skin and waxing treatments. What makes this spa stand out is their au naturel package. For $160, customers receive their choice of facial, warm stone massage and rejuvenating eye and lip treatments. The cost of these services individually would total over $300, so purchasing the package is the best way to go if you are looking to splurge and pamper yourself.

Yours Spa

Conveniently located in Chelsea, this spa is close to many NYU buildings and offers customers a wide range of practical spa services. With manicures, pedicures, waxes and massages available, this is a relaxing spot for a break from studying.  Regular manicures are $11 and pedicures cost $21. Ten-minute massages are offered for $11, which is great if you do not want to spend the money for a full-length treatment.

Body by Brooklyn 

If you want an entire day of relaxation, consider treating yourself to a day pass to this spa for an affordable $45. With the purchase of a day pass, patrons have access to a Russian sauna, a Swedish sauna, a Turkish aroma steam room, a hot tub and an Arctic pool. Reservations are not required and robes and towels are provided, so all you have to do is show up and unwind. If you visit Body by Brooklyn on a Saturday or Sunday, you can have brunch at their cafe, which includes starters and entrees such as challah French toast or coconut curry salmon.

Carsten Institute of Cosmetology

The cosmetology school near Union Square offers services from their students for incredibly low prices. Have your hair colored for $39, your nails done for $5 or an hour-long facial for $25. The students who perform the services are experienced and supervised by state-licensed instructors, so you can rest assured that you will have a professional and affordable relaxation experience.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, March 5 print edition. Rebecca Riddle is a contributing writer. Email her at


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