Great scrub massage in NYC
July 24, 2013 1:00 PM   Subscribe

Looking for an awesome, exfoliating scrub massage in NYC. Salt, sugar, whatever the medium—I'm interested in trying anything. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have heard that Spa Castle is great for this.
posted by ocherdraco at 1:01 PM on July 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

A Platza at the Russian-Turkish Baths.

It takes you juuuuuuuuust this side of Death, which is why you come out feeling like a newborn baby.

[WARNING: When they call it 'Jewish Acupuncture', they're not being cute.]
posted by Capt. Renault at 1:13 PM on July 24, 2013 [3 favorites]

If you like things a little fancy like I do, Bliss has a Hot Salt Scrub.
posted by sweetkid at 1:23 PM on July 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

What you want is a Korean bath house. Allow a lady in a bra to scrub you up and down with rough mitts until your skin pills off.
posted by illenion at 1:31 PM on July 24, 2013 [3 favorites]

posted by elizardbits at 1:54 PM on July 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

Seconding Spa Castle. It's amazing!
posted by 168 at 5:37 PM on July 24, 2013

Korean body scrub - Spa Castle or (my favorite) King Sauna in Palisades Park. You strip nekkid, lie down on a vinyl-covered table, and then a middle-aged Korean lady wearing nothing but a bra and panties will use these highly-abrasive towels to scrub the everloving SHIT out of you (while pausing to periodically wash away the giant gray clumps of dead skin that have sloughed off of you). You will emerge soft as a newborn kitten's belly.
posted by julthumbscrew at 8:04 PM on July 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I decided to try Zen Spa in Manhattan. While the experience was good, I really didn't feel as though my skin got particularly soft. (I once had a terrific scrub massage in St. Martin where I did feel super-smooth afterwards, so I feel like I have a basis for comparison.) I might try Bliss next time.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 1:52 PM on August 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

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