If you’re looking for the ultimate urban getaway, check out CLAY Health Club + Spa, located in the heart of downtown’s Meatpacking District (25 West 14th Street), and gain access to this clubby fitness haven while meeting like-minded locals. CLAY, a boutique health club and full service spa caps its membership each month so you’ll never have to wait in line for a cardio machine or fight for a spot in one of their popular Zumba or Spin classes.
CLAY attracts people from all walks of life including, but not limited to, freelance artists, dancers, actors, and fashion stylists. With CLAY’s Zen, gallery-like aesthetic and free Wi-Fi, you’ll actually want to curl up with your laptop at the fireside leather sofa, sip a smoothie at the organic café, or even soak up some rays on the rooftop deck (open from March through November). Atop this fitness sanctuary, rooftop fitness classes are taught and massages can be booked in any of the three private cabanas. CLAY offers a wide variety of workout options: you can book a private session with one of the professional top-notch physical trainers or you could hop into one of CLAY’s many group fitness classes.
If you prefer to work out alone, this fitness center is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including a complete circuit of free weights, strength machines, cardio machines, TRX, and more! Not to mention, CLAY has their very own fully equipped Pilates studio for those of you who want to strengthen your core. To further your health goals, don’t forget to meet with CLAY’s certified nutritionist! After fulfilling your choice of workout, check in at the front desk for your ever-so-relaxing spa treatment; you’ll be given a Longchamp bag stuffed with your robe and sandals.
On your way to the spa through the locker rooms, you’ll pass the four private unisex dry saunas and another snug lounge that contains a complimentary-use computer and flat-screen television. You won’t be disappointed by the body rubs given by any of the massage or facial therapists, whose hypnotic voice, strong hands, and use of stretching and deep-breathing techniques will put you in a words-slurring state.
Best-selling spa treatments include East Meets West massages (60 mins, $115), which involve a sensual combo of shiatsu, Swedish and aromatherapy methods; and Integrated Body Work Therapy sessions (60 mins, $125) – a customized service that can involve anything from deep-tissue massage to Thai stretching. Combat dull winder skin by scheduling the Perfect Seasonal facial (75 mins, $150) that includes extra extractions and the use of a hydrating Sonia Dakar green-tea mask; or try a mandarin-and-sandalwood-scented Warming Cashmere salt scrub (60 mins, $105) that concludes with a massage using a mother of pearl cream infused with algae extracts, crushed pearl and coral powder.
Visit InsideClay.com to schedule your next best spa treatment or to get your complimentary day pass and experience one of downtown’s best-kept secrets, right in the heart of New York City. 25 W 14th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-206-9200, insideclay.com)
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