Technology-relieving spa treatments

Step away from your smartphone, computer and other wall-powered gadgets, and seek respite from the havoc they wreak with one of these targeted services.

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Reflexology Hand Massage at Oasis Day Spa

  • Price band: 4/4

Technophiles stricken with texter’s cramp will appreciate this soothing flip side to foot reflexology, which targets specific nerves in your hand. The therapist—who performs the rubdown seated, facing you—uses a lightly scented citrus oil to stroke, rub and roll the tension from cramped fingers, knuckles and palms, leaving them relaxed and flexible. As an invigorating bonus, nearly equal attention is paid to forearms and biceps. For those too stressed to leave the office, therapists are also available for outcalls (one hour $125) in Manhattan, and will travel to the outer boroughs for an additional $25 fee. 30 mins $68 (normally $75). Mention TONY to receive this discount through June 30. • (212-254-7722, oasisdayspanyc.com)—Michael Martin

  1. 1 Park Ave, (between 32nd and 33rd Sts)
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Craniosacral therapy at Exhale Spa

Cubicle dwellers who spend too much time chained to a computer have probably experienced the effects of sitting still: tight muscles, a constricted back and a tense neck. This targeted hour-long therapy aims to ease those strains by focusing on the spine, skull and surrounding areas. You’ll start by laying on your back as the therapist (we recommend Ron Venk at the Gramercy location) gently pulls your neck in every direction to stretch stiff muscles. Next, your skull gets a thorough rubdown—short and long strokes manipulate the area to help relieve tension—followed by light massage on the shoulders and neck to further alleviate aches. You’ll flip over, so the technician can work on your back using oil to facilitate movement. Exerting gradual pressure with his palms, he’ll knead stressed muscles along the length of your spine. For deep-tissue knots, he’ll hold pressure points for 30 seconds at a time to release tight muscle bands. The treatment ends with more light stretching (tailored to your needs), after which you’ll leave feeling relaxed, clearheaded and a little lighter on your feet. 60 mins $116 (normally $145). Mention TONY to receive this discount through June 30. • Visit exhalespa.com.—Rachel LeWinter

  1. Locations throughout the city

It’s in the Eyes at Janis Chakler Skin Care Studio

Extensive computer time can jeopardize your skin’s smoothness before it seems fair to have wrinkles, leading many hardworking yuppies with premature crow’s feet from squinting at their screens for prolonged periods. Bubbly studio owner Janis Chakler offers an enticing solution for weary eyes: Using an oxygen atomizer, she infuses pores with Atoxelene, a serum that loosens up facial muscles, fills fine lines and inhibits wrinkles from forming—essentially, the same benefits that Botox offers without the nasty side effects. Indeed, the cool and pleasantly tingly concoction feels immediately relaxing, though surely reclining on Chakler’s blanket-lined table with soothing music playing contributes to such delectable tranquility. Chakler goes over problem areas repeatedly with her magic wand, which is surprisingly effective: One particularly entrenched brow line—a symptom of concentrating with scrunched forehead before a computer—was completely erased. 45 mins $90. • (646-436-3518, janischaklerskincare.com).—Marley Lynch

  1. 850 Seventh Ave between 54th and 55th Sts, suite 406

MicroZone Facial at Relax on Cloud 9

Busy chatterboxes who don’t have time for spa pampering (let alone to wipe down their grimey iPhone screens) can squeeze in some respite with a quickie facial at this cozy Staten Island spa, housed in a 19th-century home. Head upstairs to one of the nine treatment rooms for a personalized service that targets individual skin needs and treats bacterial problem areas created by unsanitary phones. The no-frills service exclusively uses Dermalogica products, starting with an apricot-and-olive-oil–based lathering cleanser that removes built-up dirt and makeup, followed by a deep-cleansing antibacterial wash that sloughs away germs and dead skin cells accumulated from long-term phone use. It concludes with the application of SPF-15 tinted moisturizer that leaves skin looking brighter. 20 mins $35. • (718-448-3412, relaxoncloud9.com).—Izabella Zaydenberg

  1. 694 Clove Rd at Martling Ave, Staten Island

Smartphone Regeneration Facial at Gotham Skincare

  • Price band: 4/4

Whether you’re a BlackBerry, Android or iPhone devotee, constantly holding your phone to your face can lead to clogged pores—a problem this hour-long treatment rectifies. After chatting about your tech habits and complexion, aesthetician Amanda Callan degunks your mug using gentle Obagi cleansing gel, which removes makeup, along with dirt and bacteria. Next, she applies Nia24’s vitamin B–rich exfoliating scrub to expunge dead cells without stripping skin of its natural moisture. For the next step, Callan tends to blemishes with StriVectin Pro-Niasomes, a gel containing jojoba beads infused with a molecule that boosts epidermal circulation. She then determines the ideal peel (for sensitive skin, it’s a lactic version with green tea for soothing and antioxidants). To wrap up, Callan slicks on a wrinkle- and inflammation-reducing vitamin C serum and utilizes a red LED Prolight to help the product penetrate. The final touch: an SPF-30 moisturizer to keep skin dewy for hours. 60 mins $120 (normally $200). Mention TONY to receive this discount through July 7. • (212-616-9995, gothamskincare.com).—Sarah Bruning

  1. 346 W 57th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Tech Buster hand-and-forearm massage at YeloSpa

  • Price band: 4/4

After hours of typing, texting and Angry Bird-ing, your hands can feel less like human appendages than those shriveled, vestigial claws seen on dinosaurs. We found relief with a visit to this ultramodern, Day-Glo-colored spa, founded in 2007. Normally an add-on to Yelo’s more extensive treatments and signature pod power naps, this targeted massage is an indulgence even when ordered on its own. First, pick the scent (citrus, lavender) and music (Chopin piano, lounge) you’d like to infuse your hexagonal chamber—our room was like Brian Eno’s lemon-tree garden. Then, a technician—such as the capable Hanako Nakamura—will recline you in an ergonomically cushioned chair, remove your shoes and get to work, spending ten minutes on each hand, firmly kneading the spaces between the fingers and releasing weeks of pent-up anxiety. If it’s possible for your muscles to let out an orgasmic sigh, you’d hear it. 20 mins $40. • (212-245-8235, yelospa.com).—Joshua Rothkopf

  1. 315 W 57th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Tech Thumb and Neck Massage at Graceful Services

If texting, tweeting and 12-hour computer use has left your neck and shoulders wound tight, visit this no-frills spa for an acupressure massage designed to relieve those overused, aching muscles. Located on the second floor of an office building, Grace Macnow’s 10-year-old spot is known for its talented technicians and bargain prices—just don’t expect pampering. After checking in at the desk (be sure to make any arrangements at this point—there’s a bit of a language barrier once you leave the office), you’ll be taken back into the hallway and around the corner to a different suite, where tables are lined up between curtains. Your technician will start by gently stretching your neck and shoulders, lengthening the muscles that get shortened by poor computer posture and proceed to work out every kink in your upper traps. The second half hour is spent entirely on your hands and arms, kneading the sensitive elbow muscles that get strained from hours of typing. Pressure points on your palms and wrists are then worked into submission. You’ll leave standing up straighter thanks to loosened muscles—at least until you get back to the office. 60 mins $80. • (212-593-9904, gracefulservices.com).—Elizabeth Denton

  1. 1097 Second Ave, second floor, (between 57th and 58th Sts)
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Tech Treatment Plus at Transform Fitness

Structural Thai-yoga therapist Frank Hughes designed this hour-long bodywork session to address the unnatural cluster of woes related to spending prolonged periods of time in front of a computer: concave shoulders, torqued neck, severe tightening of the upper left shoulder and shallow breathing caused by the compromised position of the lungs. Although Hughes works out of his Williamsburg studio (401 Wythe Ave between Broadway and South 6th St) and makes house calls for a $50 travel fee, he also offers the service at intimate gym-spa hybrid Transform Fitness. Inside the simple, Zenlike massage room featuring a comfortable floor mat and a swath of glowing candles on the far wall, Hughes begins by slowly massaging your feet. Then he sets to work stretching and compressing various muscle groups in the upper back and shoulders by flexing and maneuvering your arms into slow-burn positions, coaching you through the yogalike repetitions—and the deep, measured breathing you’ll need to pull them off—with kind encouragement. Once he’s done pushing and pulling your upper body to its limits, he employs deep-tissue massage on the fingers, arms and shoulders. Only for the neck does he first rub a bit of emu oil into his palms. If you’re game, he may have you try a Thai specialty called inversion, in which you do some of the same stretches as before while precariously balanced on his feet as he lies on the floor—half scary and half really fun. The experience will leave you energized, a lot looser, a little giddy (perhaps from the blood that will flow into your dangling head) and, armed with a few easy exercises to do in the office, better prepared for any long workdays ahead of you. 60 mins $175. • (212-759-5006, transformfitnessnyc.com).—Lee Magill

  1. 133 E 58th St between Lexington and Park Aves

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