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The best affordable spa treatments in NYC

Ready to unclog your pores and de-kink your neck? These affordable spa treatments at wallet-friendly spas make it easy.

By Jennifer Picht and Annalise Mantz
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New Yorkers are constantly on the go, and it's no shock that stress in our lives can throw a major roadblock on our quest to find peaceful places to relax. But ask yourself this: When was the last time you actually took a spa day? Sure, you can rely on Spa Week for discounted treatments twice a year, but you deserve to treat yourself at a day spa all the time. The best spas in New York can be downright expensive, which is why we scoured the city for affordable facials and massages, so you can get your mug and back in check. And while trying something cheap and under the radar can sometimes be sketchy, trust us—these affordable spa treatments are worth every penny.

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Heyday

Health and beauty Spas Flatiron

It’s tough to keep a fresh face when it’s hot as hell, but it burns more to drop almost $200 on a skin-care service. That’s why minimalist facial bar Heyday offers a deal that fits into your schedule and budget (minus the annoying wind chimes). Consider this NoMad spot an anti-spa. You can choose a 50-minute — the Classic, The Sweet Spot or the The Monthly Maintenance for $105. The skin-care therapists will customize the session to your needs (like getting rid of pesky dry spots or pimples). If you want something more specialized, Heyday also does Gua Sha, light therapy, microdermabrasion, and professional peels. Better yet, this place opens early and closes late on weekdays (Mon–Fri 8am–10pm), so you can pop in before or after work rather than sacrifice your weekend of beaching and boozing.

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Season Spa NYC

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Note: This spa is not super-luxurious, but for doting and soothing salves, booking a mini facial treatment (40mins, $35) is totally worth it. The aesthetician will usher you into a small room with an unexpectedly comfortable bed and proceed to mollycoddle you with cleansers, creams, toners and moisturizers that will soothe your mug. Shell out a little more dough for an extraction and combo facial-shoulder massage followed by a 15-minute mask ($55).

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Tribeca Beauty Spa

Health and beauty Spas Tribeca

The mini facials (30mins, $85) are European-style at this quaint spa, meaning they consist mostly of massages in order to create a glowing complexion. The specialist will use several firming scrubs, working them into every pore. But once the lavender mud mask hits your skin, you’ll drift off for 10 minutes, then wake up (without any red blotches or puffiness) and be ready to hit the bar.

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Pure Qi Spa

Health and beauty Spas Greenpoint

Brooklynites don’t want for anything these days—not even a luxurious day spa. Located in Greenpoint, this small spa offers a full-size menu of indulgent services: facials, body scrubs, massages and reflexology, all at comparatively gentle prices. Try a detoxing facial for $50 or "Pure Qi Detoxifying" package for $165 that includes a 60-minute body wrap, a 60-minute anti-stress massage and 40-minute reflexology session. You can add hot stone massage to any service for just $10.

Natura Spa
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Natura Spa

Health and beauty Spas Astoria

This Brazilian spa is an oasis for Astorians looking to get some primping and relaxation done. Located on busy Steinway Street, once you step into the salon-spa, you're whisked into dark, private rooms where you can enjoy incredible facials (from acne relief to microdermabrasion), massages (Swedish to sport) and a number of beauty care services, including waxing, eyelash extensions and more. Right now, Natura Spa is offering 30-minute massages for $50 and hour-long massages for $85.

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Element Natural Healing Arts

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Struggling with kinks and knots? This joint will knead them till they’re gone, guaranteed. After discussing your target areas with the therapist, sink into a heated bed for a basic Swedish massage. The therapist will massage your oiled back with constant pressure, then move on to a brief foot, neck and head rub (30mins, $60).

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Fishion Herb Center
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Fishion Herb Center

Health and beauty Spas Little Italy

If you’re looking for a really great deep-tissue massage, then this is the place for you. Best of all, the service costs $45 per hour, which may be the best deal in town. During the rubdown, clients are treated to a private room (with a door), and by hour’s end your tense muscles will be raising the white flag.

Rego Beauty Spa

Health and beauty Spas Queens

Rego Beauty Spa is beloved for its incredible massages, including its hot-stone, shiatsu, Swedish, Ayurvedic massages, for singles and couples. This high-demand spa is both affordable, clean and comfortable and has a friendly staff and receptionists. Make sure to book in advance as appointments fill up quickly!

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Greenhouse Holistic Spa

Health and beauty Spas Williamsburg

This Williamsburg spa is basically a yoga studio, but also offers excellent massage services for prices that won't necessarily ruin your bank account. A one-hour Swedish massage runs for $80, deep-tissue massages clock in at $100 for a full hour and hot stone massages run another $10. Plus, the spa frequently runs Groupon deals, and offers bulk massage packages to keep prices down, though the therapists' hands alone will keep you coming back for more.

Vada Spa

Health and beauty Beauty salons West Village

Walk into this small but uncluttered spa, where your therapist will lead you to a relaxation room complete with Celtic-sounding music and incense. The therapist will give your bod a traditional rubdown using unscented oil on your back and legs, while working efficiently to de-kink your troubled areas. For $49, you can totally justify spending a small chunk of change for 30 minutes of peace with a Swedish massage. Keep an eye out for Groupon deals, too: The spa recently offered a Groupon for a 60-minute Swedish massage with a mani and pedi for $89.

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Yan Foot Spa
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Yan Foot Spa

Health and beauty Spas Little Italy

Living in New York City requires a lot of walking: to the subway, up the stairs to your apartment, the list goes on and on. Treat your aching feet to a reflexology massage at this spa known for its traditional technique. You’ll sink into a plush recliner and dunk your dogs into a warm foot bath before the technician goes to work. The careful application of pressure to specific parts of the foot is said to stimulate other parts of the body—if nothing else, it will certainly relieve some of your aches and pains. It’s quite a bargain, too: An hourlong session only costs $55, and the spa regularly offers even steeper discounts through Groupon.

Floating Lotus salt cave
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Floating Lotus

Health and beauty Spas Hell's Kitchen

When you just need to escape for a few minutes, book a session in the Himalayan salt cave at this Hell’s Kitchen spa. Bricks of pink salt line the walls of the room, and a mild, infrared heat keeps it pleasantly warm. The salt particles in the air are purported to have detoxifying benefits, but if nothing else, the silent room works as a relaxing form of sensory deprivation. Half an hour in the pale pink room typically costs $65, but Floating Lotus is currently offering the service for two on Groupon for just $89.

Premiere 57
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Premier 57

Health and beauty Spas Midtown East

The fancy former Spa Castle annex offers plenty of ways to calm your mind without having to set foot in those infamous hot tubs. Relax in one of five saunas—including a 14-karat all-gold sauna and igloo—designed to clear out toxins and help you breathe easily. Step into the meditation and sleeping rooms for quiet time to yourself. Best of all, if your introspection leaves you peckish, grab a smoothie or noodle bowl—or even a cocktail.

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MJ Treatment spa
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MJ Treatment Spa & Wellness

Health and beauty Spas The Bronx

Based on the five elements of Chinese medicine, The MJ Treatment specialized on holistic healing, wellness and balance by offering a wide range of treatments, including massages, facials, body scrubs and mud wraps, detox, waxing, Reiki, spa parties, belly and body casting and much more. The five-room spa is known for its great customer service, too. Right now you can get a 50-minute CBD foot and leg scrub and massage with complimentary hot stones for $100.

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