The CEO of Spa Week Media Group just tasked me with the duty of booking her the best massage in New York for this Saturday. I booked her 90 minutes with none other than Soli Davis, the spa director at Shibumi Spa.

Soli is admittedly a science geek. She takes nothing at face value (including facials), always researching health claims that pop up in the news, and often seeing right through them. It’s why editors call her all the time for quotes; Soli knows her stuff. She uses all Bionova skincare products, a brand rooted deeply in Biology. For the science geek in us all, I’ve included reflexology charts below, all of which Soli could map out blindfolded. She also signs off her emails with “love, light and laughter,” all of which you will feel in Soli’s warm presence.

With a mix of sass and science-based spa techniques, Soli Davis gave me her famous 90 Minute Facial with Reflexology peppered with facts and tips to give my brain a massage to boot. Literally.

Soli’s treatment, which uses a hybrid of modalities and that she’s crafted meticulously over the years, includes all the typical checkpoints of a great facial: exfoliating, extractions, a peel mask, moisturizer, etc. But what’s particularly notable was everything else that came with it: Her fingers dug deep my scalp, neck, shoulders, forehead and jaw, kneading out all tension with pinpoint accuracy, treating not just my face, but everything that surrounds it and mobilizes it.

Many good facialists include a foot massage while a mask is setting, but Soli turns it up a notch—her facial is not complete without the reflexology that goes with it. The difference between reflexology and a regular foot rub is that therapists who specialize in reflexology can efficiently target various parts of your body by way of your feet, and that’s exactly what Soli did. “This is your neck, these are your sinuses…” she explained as she worked her way through my face and body via the soles of my feet. She also did reflexology on my hands and ears, offering a similar full body therapy.
After the treatment I felt and looked noticeably refreshed. My skin glowed. My eyes looked wider and more awake. My neck, which is perpetually creaky if I stretch it the right (or wrong?) way, was literally unable to creak. How’d she do it!?

This treatment was supposed to be a Live Spa TV segment, canceled once before because I was too sick to spa (awesome blog post, btw), and now again due to technical difficulties (even an Apple genius was stumped). The segment has once again been postponed, date TBA, when you can see it in action. Stay tuned.

But by all means, don’t let ME hold you up! You MUST experience this facial for yourself. Seriously, I urge you, and it’s ONLY $99 right now if you mention Spa Week, courtesy of Spa Week’s spa deals. Call now and ask for Soli. Go, go, go!

Shibumi Spa – Eastern Athletic’s Tribeca Sanctuary
80 Leonard Street
New York, NY 10013

All January Deals at Shibumi Spa:
Choice of 75 Min Exclusive Bionova Blue Lamp Facial for $125, normally $200, 45 Min Anti-Oxidant Exfoliation from Head to Toe for $70, or 90 Min Custom Facial with Reflexology designed by Soli with elements of Shiatsu, Lymphatic Drainage and Tibetan Ayurvedic Marma Points for $99, normally $165. Also receive a complimentary Guest Pass to the Eastern Athletic Club-Tribeca on the day of your treatment to take a class, work out, or use the steam room or sauna. Please remember to bring a lock for the locker room.


Reflexology charts via (ear) (hand) (foot)

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