Natural relief seekers will love the offerings at City Acupuncture, which has trigger point, community (aka group) and acupuncture-massage combos on its menu. Longtime clients love the space’s approachable, no-frills environment and affordable prices: New clients get the first private 60-minute evaluation and initial treatment for half off (which, for $24, includes 30 to 40 minutes of rest time with needles in); add a 45-, 60- or 90-minute massage for extra relaxation (an additional $68, $86 or $120). Facial acupuncture newbies will be happy to know that particular services treat dark under-eye circles, wrinkles and acne—a plus if you’re looking for a natural way to make cosmetic improvements without having to visit beauty supply stores.
If you’ve been afraid of going to an acupuncturist, NYC’s best practitioners will have you over your fear of needles in no time. You don’t know what you’ve been missing: The practice has been around for thousands of years, is one of the most common alternative remedies on the planet and helps with a range of issues you’re likely popping pills for—like chronic pain, anxiety and weight loss. It can be as relaxing as other spa treatments like massages or as restorative as a class at yoga studios, and though it’ll likely take multiple sessions to notice a difference, it works by stimulating your nerves and muscles along acupressure points to restore your body’s Qi, the body’s life force or energy that helps you fight disease naturally. Ready to try it? Visit an acupuncturist at one of the best spas and studios.