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Treating your extremities can lead to inner peace




C'Spa: 30-minute reflexology foot massage
79-45 Metropolitan Ave between 79th Pl and 80th St, Middle Village, Queens (718-894-4500, cspa-nyc.com). 30mins, $45. I lay on a plush table, sighing under therapist Agnes's capable hands as she slathered Biotone cream on the pressure points of my feet. Traditional reflexology can be really rough, but this one wasn't: Agnes used light, reassuring strokes, rubbing the sides of my big toes (which purportedly "correspond to the thyroid"), heels ("intestines") and all the rest of my toes ("the nervous system").
Best part: Agnes made circles with each of my toes in a careful, rhythmic motion, for a gentle stretch.—Ava Chin

Faina European Day Spa: Foot reflexology
315 W 57th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, suite 402 (212-245-6557, fainaeuropeanspa.com). 15mins, $35. When your tiniest toes are getting a rub, reflexology almost feels like a prone pedicure. But that changes as the therapist starts targeting specific spots on your feet that correspond to parts of your body. This practitioner was responsive to every twitch and murmur, constantly adjusting and avoiding that ticklish spot below the balls of my feet. Best part: Faina has a generous understanding of "15 minutes"; sessions (seven under $50) tend to bleed over the time limits, and feel twice as long.—Allison Williams




CityTouch Licensed Massage Therapy
CityTouch Licensed Massage Therapy

If you're going for reflexology, make sure the massage therapist is licensed in New York State and has specific certification for reflexology - ARCB or a specialized reflexology training program.  Many of the discount spas hire unlicensed practioners; without any specific reflexology training.  They are just paid to "rub" without any know-how.

I would recommend CityTouch Licensed Massage Therapy ( http://citytouchnyc.com ) or Angel Feet ( http://www.angelfeet.com ) for therapeutic reflexology.