‘Second Skin’ May Reduce Wrinkles, Eyebags, Scientists Say

The NY Times recently featured an article about scientists creating a second skin to reduce wrinkles and bags under the eyes.  It is expected to also treat eczema and psoriasis.

Read the full article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/10/health/second-skin-aging-wrinkles.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0


A photo published in Nature Materials accompanying research reporting early studies on a chemically manufactured second skin. Credit Olivo Laboratories









Checkout Dorit Baxter’s Discounted Spa Services

massagelessonLove Lesson for Couples

Love is always in season, and never more than in the springtime. A loving touch is essential for expressing tender feelings. Our midtown spa’s Massage Lesson for Couples teaches how to treat one another to a healing touch. For under $150, this lesson from an expert massage therapist is too good a deal not to take it for the two of you.

We Keep It Deep & Sweet

Find out why Marie Claire raves about Dorit Baxter’s Deep-Cleansing Facial with Herbal Pack. Offered right now for only $98, this thorough facial cleansing goes deep enough to rid the face of every impurity, but is surrounded by such exquisite pampering pre-and- post-extraction that the whole experience is sweetly nurturing.

Give Your Body a Double Treat

Is your body demanding some TLC? Come into our midtown spa and give it a double treat with our Delightful Retreat consisting of our signature One-Hour Therapeutic Massage and a Sea Salt Scrub, for $145.

Luxurious Indulgence at an Affordable Price

Go for it with our Pampering Package: Massage and Facial for only $139, a uniquely low price for this duo of pure indulgences in Midtown Manhattan.

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$50 Treatments Available this Week at Dorit Baxter

Dorit Baxter Spa in mid-town Manhattan  is offering three seasonal beautifying treatments for only $50 each.

Acquire a Youthful Spring-time Glow

Let Dorit Baxter’s signature Classic European Facial give your face a seasonal glow. From a facial massage to soften the skin, to a soothing steaming process that prepares the face for the deep cleansing that is essential for looking your best, to a mask that refines skin texture, your face is pampered and purified to perfection.

Purify Your Body for the Season of Renewal

Our Sea Salt Body Scrub will cleanse and purify your body through a thorough but gentle exfoliating process that will take your spirit all the way to euphoria while soothing, smoothing and softening your skin.

Buff-Up for the Budding Season

The following three beautifying services are offered together for the astonishingly affordable cost of only $50!

Manicure to give you the polished look that says “Midtown Manhattan”

Pedicure to pamper & prettify your feet, and flatter your toenails

Warm-Hand Paraffin to soothe and soften, moisturize and rejuvenate, your hands

Our Services, Your Choices

You don’t have to choose among the three $50 specials described above. You can opt for each of them on the same day, or over two, or three days, or simply pick one. The choice is yours; the pleasure of providing you with your choice(s) is ours.

We  look forward to greeting your this week of superbly discounted treatments at our midtown spa,

Dorit Baxter New York Day Spa

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Optimal Eating, Moving & Sleeping

Woman Eating HealthyAn Impression-Making Book

After reading the previous post on this blog explaining the distinction between doing intense exercise and enhancing the movement entailed in daily activities, which quoted Eat-Move-Sleep by Tom Rath, a client asked us why this particular self-help book made such an impression. To any of you who have the same question, here’s the answer:

Choice & Change

Rath’s book is subtitled: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes. The concept has always made sense to us but we have never heard the connection between “choice” and “change” phrased so succinctly. Here are some more of the wise and cogently expressed concepts from Rath’s book, which we share with you because of our spa’s commitment to wellness.

“The quality of what you eat matters far more than the overall quantity.”

“The belief that you can eat anything in moderation is dead wrong.”

“Instead of worrying about losing 10 pounds in a month focus on making better decisions the next time you eat.”

“Being active throughout the day is what makes you healthy.”


“Reducing chronic inactivity is even more essential than brief periods of vigorous exercise.”

“There are hundreds of moments in a day when you can embed extra activity into your routine.”

“Sitting is the most underrated health threat of modern times.”

“Missing sleep can change the trajectory of an entire week.”


We look forward to seeing you at Dorit Baxter Spa in midtown-Manhattan these sizzling summer days, when we could all benefit from taking some time to cool off.

Dorit & Staff

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It’s Always Couples’ Time at Dorit Baxter

Because Valentine’s Day is in the exact middle of February, the whole month is often promoted as Couples’ Month. At Dorit Baxter, after meeting the aesthetics and wellness needs of discerning New Yorkers and visitors to our city for the past three-and-a-half decades, we have become accustomed to seeing couples coming to the spa together in ever-increasing numbers. Here’s why:

massagelessonShare the Learning

Romantic duos are drawn to our Massage Lesson for Couples because learning together how to have a healing touch on the person you most care about can be a meaningful bonding experience for both of you.

Share the Healing

When two people who love each other have a Couples Massage they are happily sharing the healing experience of being given a massage by an expert therapist. Solo, massage is a restorative experience; sharing it with a life’s partner enhances the healing.

Share the Package

Couples who share our spa’s Couple’s Package enjoy our most popular treatments, including the Couple’s Massage described above.

Share the Experience

Some of our clients who have brought their husbands in for one of the treatments described above get into the habit of coming into the spa as a couple for entirely separate treatments simply because sharing the spa-going experience adds another dimension to the activities in which they include each other. Spa-going is about feeling better and looking better, so why not come into the spa together, and after the treatments enjoy some dining and wining with each other?

We are waiting to welcome couples at our spa conveniently situated in Midtown Manhattan and long known for the coziness of its atmosphere, excellence of its treatments, and affordability of its prices,

Dorit & the Spa Staff

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Couples Treatments at Dorit Baxter Day Spa

Couples Treatments at Dorit Baxter Day Spa are Popular Every Season

Subsequent blog posts next month will describe in detail the Couples’ Treatments which we will be offering at our Midtown spa in February. This post will discuss the reasons why our spa, one of the first in the U.S., has a special appeal for couples in every season.

Affordable Pampering

Our exceptionally reasonable prices, unique for a highly regarded spa in midtown Manhattan, are a big plus for duos who find that our deals are really so competitive that they can seem like a two-for-the-price-of-one when compared with other spa prices in this area.

Affable Atmosphere

The friendly and informal ambiance which clients treasure at Dorit Baxter is particularly welcomed by couples, often consisting of a spa-savvy female and a spa-newbie male. When the guy is shy about spas, there’s nothing like a homey atmosphere to put him at ease.

Specialized Massages

Both our spa’s Couples Massage and our Massage Lesson for Couples are given by therapists skilled not only in bodywork techniques but in putting clients at ease, particularly in specialized massages. In the Couple’s Massage, a pair of therapists work smoothly in unison; in the Massage Lesson for Couples, the therapist, with a gentle expertise, gives each of the duo a valuable lesson in working on the other.
We look forward to welcoming couples to our spa, conveniently located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, at Valentine’s time—and all the time.

Dorit & Staff

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Fight Dry Skin During Winter Months

Dry skin can occur any day of the year, but it’s especially troubling during the colder months. If you’ve been experiencing uncomfortable skin tightness, flakiness or dryness, know that it can be remedied with proper skin care products and routines. But before you find out how to fight it, it’s best to know why it happens in the first place:

Why do I get dry skin?

Aside from the drop of moisture due to the cold air, many people choose to take hot showers that also strip the skin of natural oils. Most soaps also contain sulfates that expose the skin to the harsh elements and alter the pH levels, resulting in dryness. Using too much chemical-based exfoliants also contribute to dry skin and prevent it from proper healing.

Why do I have dry skin during winter months?

To fight the cold temperature, we rely on heaters for warmth. However, these heaters rob the moisture from skin and makes you prone to getting scaly or flaky skin. The contrast of warm buildings and extremely cold air outside causes the skin to dry out. Being hit by snow, strong wind and sleet, as well as wearing clothing with material that rubs against the skin can lead to dryness as well.

What skin care regimen can I do to help fight dry skin?

Skip the harsh facial cleansers. Take a look at your current skin care products and check if they contain chemicals that may be too unforgiving during this time of year. While exfoliants and sulfates such as salicylic acid are effective at fighting acne or fine lines, they might be too harsh during winter so it’s better to try oil-based cleansers to preserve natural oils. Products that contain oils such as sesame or jojoba help to preserve moisture as well.

Choose a high-quality moisturizer, preferably with SPF protection. Apply it as soon as you pat your face clean with a towel because putting moisturizer on wet skin can dilute the ingredients, while applying it on skin that’s too dry won’t help to preserve the moisture already in your skin. If your skin is constantly dry, remedy this by using a night cream that’s rich in moisturizing ingredients to help protect it against exposure to snow, wind and changes in temperature.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas - Couples Massage

Why Partners Should Get A Couples Massage

Those who are used to getting massages for their self are familiar with the welcome feeling of relaxation that it brings. Getting a couples massage might be a new experience, but it also comes with its own set of positive effects. Going to a professional for a couples massage is unlike one of you massaging the other so it’s a bonding moment that you shouldn’t miss!

  • Introduction To Massage Therapy

Many people avoid getting massages due to unfounded worries and anxiety. They might be unsure about how the massage will be like, how they should behave or communicate, or the state of their body. One guaranteed solution is by getting a couples massage. Because the two of you experience it together, you’ll be able to offer your support and guidance. Once the massage starts, your partner is sure to relax and truly indulge in the wonders of massage therapy. It’s normal for first timers to be nervous, but with you beside your significant other, your partner will be able to experience the many benefits that massages offer.

  • Professional Service

While there’s a special kind of enjoyment that comes with being massaged by a significant other, there’s something different about receiving it from a professional licensed massage therapist. During the massage, you’ll feel more relaxed as the therapist is an expert at finding the right pressure points that will leave both you and your partner in better shape. You’ll be completely taken care of and won’t have to worry about fumbling hands or wrong techniques.

  • Increased Affection

A massage helps to release “happy” hormones such as endorphins that make you feel more connected with your partner. Both of you benefit from this at the same time when you get a couples massage. This then creates an associaation between your partner and those feel-good emotions, increasing affection with each other as a result.

  • Bonding Moment

Having a couples massage is a wonderful way to bond with your significant other. It’s a great moment to catch up with each other or just enjoy the shared silence. The experience of getting a couples massage emotionally connects you with one another and it helps you to focus on the present moment, not on past troubles or future worries. If the past few days have been troubling due to arguments or shared frustration, a massage can be a way to help you let go of all the tension. Once the massage is over, it’s not uncommon for couples to set aside conflicts in their relationship and even in other parts of their life as well.

Why Buy Dorit Baxter Holiday Spa Deals

giftWelcome to the Holidays at Dorit Baxter Day Spa. Below are some of the reasons why you will want to buy our Holiday Spa Deals

  • Our spa’s location is at the heart of Midtown Manhattan, where Uptown meets Downtown, East Side greets West Side, in the immediate vicinity of Bergdorf’s and Tiffany’s, Carnegie Hall and the Russian Tea Room, only a few blocks from Central Park or the theater district
  • Dorit’s track record for offering quality services at affordable prices in an affable atmosphere, acquired over 35 years of providing midtown beauty & wellness services, 25 of those years at her spa’s present venue
  • Dorit’s Holiday Deals offer at a wide range of prices to fit every shopper’s budget, with each holiday package providing a carefully selected set of treatments for an enjoyable and highly beneficial spa experience
  • You can use our holiday spa deals for yourself as well as for those on your holiday shopping list. You deserve a real spa deal as much as anyone, so you can purchase the packages offered in our holiday gift certificates to enjoy when you most need a spa break from the stresses of daily life.
  • You can choose from among our three Holiday Spa Gift Certificates—Holiday Trio TreatHoliday Bliss,Holiday Deluxe Treat—or you can call us and ask about purchasing a gift certificate for a monetary value. The choice, as always at Dorit Baxter, is yours.

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The Benefits Of A Prenatal Massage

The Benefits Of A Prenatal Massage

Mothers-to-be undergo a world of physical changes as they go through their journey with pregnancy. While some changes are positive, such as glowing skin or healthier hair, others can be uncomfortable. Many choose to get a prenatal massage to focus on remedying the negative effects and supporting the body. This is a targeted massage that helps to support muscles and joint functions, relieves physical and mental stress, as well as improves circulation. It is a gentle massage that has been known to ease the aches and discomfort typically felt during pregnancy and helps her get ready for labor.

Benefits Of Prenatal Massage

There are several physical and emotional benefits associated with prenatal massages:

  • Addresses multiple discomforts commonly felt while pregnant, such as back pain, muscle discomfort, headaches, stiffness, leg cramps, heartburn, acid reflux, varicose veins, edema, and constipation among others
  • Improves blood circulation and brings more nutrients & oxygen to both the mother and the baby
  • Reduces stress on joints and bones
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system, increasing the body’s immunity and removing harmful toxins
  • Relaxes and soothes the mother as it releases endorphins and helps her sleep better
  • Helps to relieve anxiety and depression due to hormonal changes, stabilizes hormone levels
  • Regulates blood pressure and relieves pressure on the heart
  • Promotes stress relief and relaxation, helping the mother prepare for easier labor due to the masssage’s sedating effect
  • Helps to maintain proper posture and supports the body’s adjusting alignment due to the baby’s weight.
  • Promotes the skin’s pliability
  • Improves flexibility and muscles, assisting the mother’s ability to carry the baby’s growing weight while relieving muscle pain
  • Provides emotional nurturing and support provided by a safe human touch
  • Enhances blood flow to the placenta and the uterus, as well as supports how blood returns to the heart
  • Provides a safe and natural alternative option for pain relief, because taking pain medication is usually limited while pregnant due to health risks
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4 Ways To Avoid Holiday Stress

It’s the best of times and the worst of times — Yes, we’re talking about the holiday season! This season of cheer can quickly turn from the most wonderful time of the year to the most stressful one as people race to be everywhere, do everything, and buy the rest. This added stress isn’t something to laugh about because it heightens the risk of contracting several illnesses. A study even suggested that holiday stress is linked to the extremely high rate of fatal heart attacks during the winter months.

However, it is entirely possible to go through the holidays without giving in to overindulgence and unnecessary anxiety. Here are 4 ways to avoid holiday stress:

  • Be A Practical Shopper

If possible, take a day off during a weekday in early December just for your holiday shopping. As soon as the stores open, make sure you only have an empty bag and your cash or credit cards. This is the perfect time to purchase because the crowds haven’t gathered yet and you’ll have a lot of choices on store shelves. One great gift giving tip is to purchase an item in different colors if it really catches your eye. That way, you can gift it to people on your list that rarely see each other. Of course, don’t discount the convenience of online shopping for even less of a hassle!

  • Give Yourself A Treat

All the holiday activities are definitely draining. Make sure to set aside a little “Me Time” and get a relaxing body scrub  or your favorite spa treatment. You can even turn it into a goal — for every 5 presents you purchase for other people, treat yourself to a manicure or a massage. That pick-me-up is guaranteed to get you going throughout the holidays.

  • Remember That You Don’t Need To Do Everything

…or be everywhere, or buy everything. It’s easy to get caught up in the madness of holiday shows, sales and socializing. One way to avoid burnout is to choose one of each and forego the rest. Even though it’s possible to watch the parade, the ice show, the ballet and the musical, it would be too taxing and tiring to attempt it. You don’t need to bring yourself or your loved ones to every event. After all: it’s quality, not quantity. Remember that it’ll still be there the next time the holidays roll around.

  • Avoid Overspending

Nothing says holiday stress quite like opening a credit card statement for all the purchases you’ve made. Avoid stressful holiday bills by deciding beforehand how much you can spend for every person on your gift list. If possible, set aside the noted amount in cash inside an envelope that has the person’s name on it. Once you use that envelope, that’s it. Living within your means can be especially challenging during this season, but it’s a challenge that you can handle.

50% off Anniversary Spa Sale!

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Here at Dorit Baxter Spa, this month we are celebrating 35 years of pampering New York City. As a thank you, we invite you to bring a friend she will enjoy our spa sale at 50% off all à la carte prices until November 25th, 2015 . Book now at (212) 371-4542. 

Founded by an Israeli native, we opened our doors in 1980 as one of the country’s first modern day spas, in the heart of New York. Recognizing New Yorkers’ need for a relaxing oasis we have been providing various innovative treatments for relaxation, rejuvenation, and restoration. Repeatedly acknowledged by New York Magazine, we quickly became an award-winning spa featured in the New York Times, Time Out New York, Elle, Shape, Forbes, Bazaar, and other reputable magazines.

Utilizing products from the Dead Sea with high-content in health inducing minerals, the various treatments at Dorit Baxter are customized to suit all body and skin types. Today you can detox your body with our Seaweed Salt Wrap, awaken your senses with our Aromatherapy Massage, and get re-energized by our Deep Tissue Massage. We also encorage you to minimize your wrinkles with our Collagen Facial or indulge your nature loving self with our Organic Facial.

Bring a friend and visit us for an uplifting experience in our warm and friendly space, where accessible prices and high quality services have been the hallmark of our 35 years. As a thank you for being part of our cherished clientele, your friend will enjoy 50% off all à la carte prices or you are, of course, welcome to split the bill.  Book now until November 25th, 2015 at (212) 371-4542.

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Q & A with Dorit about Marathon & Spa

marathonmasspicQ: Why do you feel such a close connection between your spa and the NYC Marathon?

A: For starters, the Race and the Spa share a birthday. The Marathon is always on the first Sunday of November, beginning in 1970; I launched an innovative midtown Beauty & Wellness business in the first week of November, 1980.This November is the Marathon’s 45th birthday and my Spa’s 35th. But the common roots of the Race and the Spa are deeper than coinciding birthdays.

Q: What are those roots?

A: A post on this blog last summer called Running Shoes and Day Spas described how the sight of women walking to work in sneakers encouraged me to start a prototypic day spa offering those hard-working career women a venue which would meet their needs for both beautifying and wellness-inducing treatments.

Q: How does this tie-in with the NY Marathon?

A: The women for whom I opened my first midtown business were the first generation to benefit from the gains in women’s equality won during the late 60s and throughout the 70s. Grete Waitz, a Norwegian long-distance runner who first won the Marathon in 1978 is widely acknowledged as helping to promote marathon and long-distance running for women. The NY Marathon was empowering for women.

Q: Was your spa empowering women?

A: We were catering to the pampering, beautifying and wellness needs of women who were increasingly stressed by new demands. We were a respite from the rigors of striving to “have it all.” When I moved my business from the edge of midtown to its core, it was one of the first sites in America called a Day Spa. For over a quarter of a century, we have been only a few blocks from the Marathon’s finish line in Central Park.

Q: What has that proximity to the Marathon meant to you?

A: It has been convenient for the many of our clients who participate in the Marathon to come in for a Sports Massage after prepping in the park for the race. This is why we are extending to all marathoners and other fitness enthusiasts the invitation to benefit from our four Marathon Sports Massages for the price of three.

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Popularity of NY Marathon Massage Series

Why the NY Marathon Sports Massage Series at Dorit Baxter Midtown Spa is such a big hit this month with those participating in the 2015 New York City Marathon on November First

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Many of our clients who will be running again this year in our city’s Marathon Race have come to see our sports massages as an effective relief from muscular soreness and joint pain resulting from intense exertions as they increase the length and speed of practice runs prior to the annual event.

Series with a Choice

Many of the Marathon runners choose to have three in the series of four massages to prep them for November First, and save the fourth (the freebie massage in the series) to unwind muscles tightened from the Marathon. Others split it in half—two pre-Marathon massages and two post-event treatments. The choice is theirs.

Convenient Midtown Location

Situated at the core of Midtown Manhattan, our spa is convenient for busy New Yorkers and visitors preparing for the Marathon. Our close proximity to Central Park makes it easy to stop by the spa following a hard run around the park’s perimeter to relax hard-worked muscles with a massage designed for that purpose.

For All Runners

For running enthusiasts who will not be participating in this year’s Marathon, our Massage Series in honor of the event provides a way to stay, or get back, in shape, often with next year’s NY Marathon in mind.

Call us today at (212) 371-4542 to purchase your 4 for the price of 3 midtown Marathon Sports Massages.

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Get Serious about Series of Spa Treatments

Dorit Baxter Day Spa’s Marathon Massage Series is a big hit with NY Marathon Runners and other fitness enthusiasts because Buy Three & Get the Fourth Free is a real deal by which our spa honors a great New York City event. Below are more reasons for buying spa series in all seasons:

Buying a Spa Series is Budget-Savvymarathonmasspic

All the individual treatments and packages of treatments at our spa can be purchased as a series of six with the seventh free, a welcome saving for Dorit Baxter’s middle-class budget-conscious clientele who have valued the low cost of high quality treatments Dorit has offered in midtown Manhattan for what next month will be thirty-five years.

Planned Pampering

You plan all sorts of activities in your busy life, from work-related tasks, to medical and dental checks-ups, to gift-shopping and closet-cleaning. You can also plan on being sumptuously pampered with a series of Dorit Baxter Spa Treatments or Spa Packages. Purchasing a spa series is not putting another chore on your to-do list; it’s making seven times, for the price of six, for TLC just for you.

Series of Wellness Spa Services

When you buy a series of wellness-inducing treatments, whether Therapeutic Massage or Facials (which beautify, pamper and maintain derma health all at once) or a Body Scrub (which detoxifies the skin and elevates the mood), you are committing yourself to a wellness-promoting program.

Call us today at (212) 371-4542 and purchase a spa series.

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Spa Week at Dorit Baxter

Dorit Baxter Day Spa in midtown Manhattan is participating in Spa Week, a nation-wide promotion which this season is running from Oct 12-18. Below are the treatments Dorit Baxter is offering this week for $50

facial (2)Midtown European Facial

The moisturizing, skin-softening effects of Dorit Baxter’s Classic European Facial are especially appreciated this time of year, when participants in the New York City Marathon are practicing in preparation for the big day on November First. As the air sharpens and the running intensifies, the mix of exertion-generated perspiration and cooler weather dries the skin, increasing the need for a skin-soothing facial. (In honor of the 2015 NY Marathon, our spa is offering a Marathon Sports Massage.)

Manhattan’s Euphoria Express

Our Sea Salt Body Scrub, Dorit Baxter’s signature body treatment, exfoliates the entire body with a gentle but potent paste of mineral-rich sea-salt and aromatic oils, a deeply relaxing process generating a blissful feeling.

Grooming Essentials

Dorit Baxter is offering this Spa Week three salon services for a total of $50 which pamper so beautifully that the grooming process is a joy rather than a chore:

Manicure—meticulously hygienic grooming procedure pampers the hands and polishes the nails to perfection with Essie Nail Polish, known for its stylish colors and quick-drying properties.

Pedicurefrom foot scrub with mineral salts to moisturizing foot rub, to clipping, filing and polishing toenails, this salon service is a sensory treat for the soles of the feet which beautifies as it delights

Hand Paraffin TreatmentWarms and softens overworked hands, carefully grooms the cuticles, and also has the medicinal components of relieving arthritic joint pain and muscular stiffness in the hands

Call us today at (212) 371-4542 for your $50 treatments.

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Trio of $50 Treatments thru Oct 18

A trio of Spa Week Treatments each costing only $50 runs through Oct 18 at Dorit Baxter, midtown Manhattan’s original day spa.

Manhattan’s Euphoria Express

Our always-popular Sea Salt Body Scrub, Dorit Baxter’s signature body treatment, provides the healthful benefit of exfoliating the entire body with a gentle but potent paste of mineral-rich sea-salt and aromatic oils, a deeply relaxing treatment generating a blissful feeling.

Midtown European Facial

Dorit Baxter’s Classic European Facial pampers the client by soothingly massaging the face with a skin-softening herbal cream to stimulate circulation, then opens the pores via a stream of steam in preparation for an expertly performed cleansing as gentle as it is deep, followed by a beautifying masque that closes the pores and refines skin texture

Groomed & Pampered

A trio within a trio, the third of our $50 treatments consists of three salon services which pamper so beautifully that the grooming process is a joy rather than a chore:

Manicure—meticulously hygienic grooming procedure pampers the hands and polishes the nails to perfection with Essie Nail Polish, popular for its stylish colors and quick-drying properties.

Pedicurefrom foot scrub with mineral salts to moisturizing foot rub, to clipping, filing and polishing toenails, this salon service is a sensory treat for the soles of the feet which beautifies as it delights

Hand Paraffin TreatmentWarms and softens overworked hands, carefully grooms the cuticles, and also has the medicinal components of relieving arthritic joint pain and muscular stiffness in the hands

More October Savings at Our Midtown Spa

Beside the generous chunk of the month in which we are offering an amazing savings on the treatments described above, Dorit Baxter is providing another awesome deal: buy three of our NY Marathon Massages and get a fourth massage free, another reason to call us this autumn season at (212) 371-4542.

We are looking forward to your call.

Dorit & Staff

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Dorit Baxter Marathon Massage

Here’s the lowdown on our spa’s specialized sports massage for our hometown’s Marathon.

Cross Country RaceWho Is Offering to Whom?

New York’s original day spa—which has been bringing beauty & wellness treatments to New Yorkers and visitors to our city for what early next month will be 35 years—is offering the Marathon Sports Massage to runners in the race, and to all those who are pursuing the goal of optimal fitness.

What Are We Offering?

The Dorit Baxter Marathon Sports Massage is a specialized therapeutic treatment designed to release lactic acid that becomes trapped in the muscles from intense exercise, causing muscular pain and joint discomfort. You can purchase one $95 Marathon Sports Massage, or buy a series three and get the fourth free.

Where Are We Offering It?

In our spa on West 57th Street at the core of Manhattan, just a few blocks from the Marathon’s finish line in Central Park. Dorit Baxter has the perfect Midtown location, at the point where Downtown meets Uptown, West Side greets East Side

When Will It Be Available?

The Marathon will be available at all times that our spa is open—Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10-7. The New York Marathon 2015 will be held on Sunday November First, so runners who purchase the Marathon Massage Series can have one massage a week until the big day, or save the 4th for a post-Marathon treatment.

Why Should You Opt In?

The Marathon Massage makes rigorous exercise much more comfortable, and therefore greatly improves performance. This specialized treatment both prepares a runner’s body for the Marathon Race and facilitates post-event recovery. With a deal of buy three, get the fourth free, the series is a substantial savings for serious runners.

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Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage

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Dorit Baxter has offered Aromatherapy Massage at her midtown-Manhattan spa for a great many years, dating back to way before essential oils were widely recognized for their healing properties as they now are.

Definition of Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated liquids containing powerful aroma plant-based compounds. Defining oils as “essential” connotes that the substance carries a unique scent which comprises the essence of the plant.

Massage Stirs Dual Senses

Our midtown’s spa’s signature Aromatherapy Massage is a synergetic therapy that stirs dual senses—tactile and olfactory—into a blend in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Tactile-Based Therapy

Combining effleurage (a circular stroking movement made with the palm of the hand) and long, soothing strokes dispersing the oils all over the skin, makes for a potent body massage.

Olfactory-Based Figures

Simultaneous to the muscular relaxation that is a response to the body-massage technique, the olfactory sense is being beneficially stimulated by the scent of the oils.

New Popularity of Essential Oils

When we first started providing aromatherapy, most of our clients were unfamiliar with the benefits of these plant extracts. They tried the aroma therapy massage because they had confidence in Dorit Baxter’s judgment about the efficacy and safety of all treatments offered at the spa, and then became great fans of aromatherapy massage. Now, we have new clients who specifically ask for this treatment because they are aware of the health benefits of essential oils.

In a future post, we will discuss the specific benefits of each of the plant extracts used in our aromatherapy massages.

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Weight Loss Incentives at Midtown Spa

Spa Treatments Designed to Incentivize Weight Loss

Dorit Baxter Manhattan Day Spa’s foundational mission is the support of wellness. Therefore, we take seriously an obligation to be of assistance to those of our clients for who wise-eating accompanied by exercise is the crux of their commitment to a healthful lifestyle. We encourage these clients to think of spa treatments as a reward for sticking to their program, as well as a means to pamper themselves during those times when adherence to that program is particularly challenging.

Beyond these pervasive encouragements, we provide two signature spa treatments specifically designed at Dorit Baxter to incentivize Weight Loss.

Seaweed Slimming Wrap

Our spa’s Seaweed Slimmer is a purifying, marine-based treatment that cleanses and detoxifies the body while restoring the skin’s tone and vitality. Forming the base of a detoxifying paste applied to the entire body, which is then tightly wrapped in a heated cover, the seaweed is a potent agent of skin tightening that is not recommended for women who are pregnant. For everyone else this rigorous treatment provides a highly effective body-trimming incentive.

mummyEuropean Body Wrap

At Dorit Baxter, we call this bloat-busting treatment the Slimming Wrap because it enfolds the body in bandages soaked in slimming oils and minerals and then covers the client in a hot thermal blanket to sweat off the bloat. This is an intensive treatment, again not recommended for the pregnant, that leaves the body feeling both lighter and tighter. The experience provides a distinct incentive for embarking on, or maintaining, a program of weight loss through healthy eating and regular exercise.

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Real Deals on Sumptuous Spa Treatments

Balancing Spa Treatments

The middle of this week marks the Autumnal Equinox, when the sun passes directly over the equator, thus making for an equal number of hours of daylight and darkness. The Equinox is about balancing. At our midtown spa we are dedicated to helping our clients balance their lives with beautifying and wellness-promoting treatments. This week we are offering a pair of Top Deals on Spa Favorites at prices which let you indulge your senses while balancing the cents and dollars of your budget.

Massage Plus a Choicesportsblog

Our Relaxing Time Package consists of a One-Hour Body Massage which balances your need to be soothed with your desire to be energized. Besides the massage, you are offered a choice of our signature Classic European Facial (which beautifies as it pampers) OR a Manicure AND Pedicure, which will leave you feeling exquisitely groomed and delightfully pampered.

All for $139.00

Equinox Indulgence

Our Bare Skin Beautifier offers the following trio of sumptuous treatments:

One Hour Body Massage to heal the body and elevate the mood

Classic European Facial to beautify the face and pamper the spirit

Sea Salt Body Scrub to purify the skin and induce a euphoric feeling

All for $185.00

Offer Valid through Thursday, September 24th

Call 212 371-4542 for an appointment.

We look forward to welcoming you to our spa at the core of midtown Manhattan this week associated with the quality of balance with which we have long provided you.

Dorit & Staff

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Q & A with Dorit Baxter about Eclectic Massage

What is your midtown spa’s signature massage?

Ridding myself of all the tensionOur Eclectic Massage. About fifteen years ago, I worked with our most innovative massage therapists to develop a unique blend of Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, and Foot Reflexology, utilizing compressions, trigger-points, effleurage, and meridian techniques to unblock energy pathways

Why have so many techniques in one massage?

We think of it as a Medley of Massage of Modalities. Many of our bodywork-savvy clients choose this treatment from our extensive menu of massage therapies because they prefer to benefit from a variety to muscular therapeutic techniques in one massage session.

What skills do you look for in an eclectic massage therapist?

Let’s start with what we are looking for in any massage therapist: training, credentials, and expertise are the basic requirements. Beyond these is the intangible but essential quality of intuition.

What kind of intuition are you looking for?

I think of it as “wise hands,” and by that I mean a tactile sense of just what depth and type of touch is appropriate for a given client at a given moment in time.

So that is what it takes to be a massage therapist at Dorit Baxter Day Spa?

Yes, that’s what it takes. To give an eclectic massage, we require prior experience in each of the modalities that comprise our eclectic massage.

Have you always maintained these high standards in hiring massage therapists?

Always, since I began offering massage therapies in midtown Manhattan.

When was that?

In six weeks it will be thirty-five years.

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Post-Summer Skin Hydration

A recent post on this blog discussed After-Summer Skin Cleansing. This post will be about the treatments that can rehydrate the skin after the drying effects of seasonal sun exposure, which are intensified when the face has also been exposed to salt water during the fun of swimming in the sea.

Collagen Flood for Rejuvenationapressunfacial

Dorit Baxter’s popular Collagen Facial is our Classic European Facial plus the addition of a specialized masque of collagen fiber and warm melted vitamin E. The effect is a flood of hydrating properties into the derma with the result of a rejuvenated countenance.

Dermalift Balances Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin often means that the derma is dehydrated on the surface and oily underneath. Our spa’s Dermalift Facial features a masque combining Azulene, an organic substance containing soothing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents; and melted vitamin E, which speeds cellular regeneration. The effect of these natural ingredients is to balance sensitive skin.

Dorit Baxter & Oxygen Delivery

The Oxygen Facial remedies visible signs of aging linked to an inadequate delivery of oxygen from subcutaneous capillaries to the surface of the skin by directly delivering to the epidermis a stream of high-pressurized oxygen infused with botanical, vitamin, mineral, and nutrient extracts. Dorit Baxter’s Midtown Spa is gratified to have been one of the first skincare treatment centers to include this innovative technique to the facials we offer.

Welcome to Quality, Affordable Skin Care

We are waiting at our spa conveniently located on West 57th Street at the core of midtown Manhattan to provide you with the quality and affordable skincare that has made our spa a fixture on the New York beauty scene for three-and-a-half decades.

Dorit & Staff

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Mood & Massage at Midtown Spa

Beauty spa treatmentA Massage for Every Mood

Whatever your mood, we have a massage to fit it at the Dorit Baxter Midtown Day Spa where we offer a comprehensive menu of massage therapies running the gamut from sumptuous pampering to vigorous bodywork.

Relieve Stress the Swedish Way

Our signature Swedish Massage is the most requested bodywork modality we offer because its long, relaxing strokes increase blood circulation and boost your body’s energy. This blend of relaxing and energizing in a pampering context exemplifies the benefits of massage therapy.

Aromatic Pampering

When you’re in the mood to be pampered like a princess, come on over to West 57th Street in the heart of Manhattan and help yourself to some TLC via Dorit Baxter’s ever-popular Aroma Therapy Massage. You will be massaged with the essential oil of your choice all the way to euphoric sensations.

Relief from Jet Lag

Our spa’s Jet Lag Massage was designed by Dorit Baxter as a post-flight treatment to reoxygize the body and relieve bloating, fatigue and muscle ache caused by long flights. Jet Lag disrupts body rhythms which are restored as the massage loosens and relaxes muscles tightened by that disruption.

Heat the Aches Away

The Hot Stone Massage is highly effective for healing achy muscles because the hot stones expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow through the body. The hot stones also have a sedative effect which promotes deep relaxation.

Deep Digging Massage Modality

Dorit Baxter’s Deep Tissue Massage uses trigger points to break down muscles knots, particularly in the neck and the shoulders. The result is a significant reduction of chronic muscle tension which provides a wider range of motion and promotes a pervasive feeling of well being.

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After-Summer Skin Cleansing

September Splendor

One of the finest times of the year is this period between Labor Day Weekend in the first week of September and the official end of summer and start of autumn later in the month. The heat has abated but the cool weather has not yet arrived. These are warm golden days as summer lingers before gently fading into fall.

After-Sun Skin Repair

In our midtown spa, these delightful last days of summer are a time for repairing the skin from the damage done to it by the departing season’s sun and the sweat its heat generates. For this condition we recommend one of our most popular and widely praised skin care treatments: the Dorit Baxter Deep Cleanser.

Deep Cleanser for Post-Sun Exposure

Profiled in Marie-Claire Magazine last spring, our Deep Cleansing Facial with Herbal Pack is the perfect antidote to skin blemishes caused by all that fun time in the sun and the sweat that came with it. The herbal pack, consisting of soothing, healing herbs—lavender flower, flax seeds and chamomile—softens the skin in a gentle preparation for deep extractions. The extracting process is described in detail in the Marie Claire Profile, which reveals our soft weapons for taking out the toughest blackheads with a minimum of discomfort.

Additional Options for After-Sun Skin Repair

In our next blog post as the September splendor is deepening, we will discuss additional options available at Dorit Baxter, conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, which will further repair, refine, and beautify the skin as those lazy, hazy summer days are fading into happy memories, and you want your face to glow with autumn’s vibrant vigor.

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Midtown Manhattan’s Most Popular Spa Treatments

The most popular treatments at our midtown spa are:

–Facial to rejuvenate appearance

–Massage to revitalize muscles

–Slimming wraps to revise the figure

In subsequent posts this blog will explain in detail each of these categories of treatment. Below you will find a summary of all three:

Essential Steps to Balance & Beautify the Skinfacehydration

Dorit Baxter’s Classic European Facial is our spa’s signature skin-care procedure, which softens and steams the face prior to gentle but highly effective extractions. Following this thorough cleansing, a beautifying masque is applied to close the pores and refine the skin’s texture. Future posts will describe skin-type-specific additions to this basic treatment.

Pampering Experience with Healing Effect

Dorit Baxter Massages Therapies all provide pampering while enhancing wellness. While we offer a variety of bodywork modalities, which will be discussed in future posts, they all have in common a process of releasing muscular tension by a touch therapy that unblocks the flow of blood, thereby more efficiently bringing oxygen and other nutrients to the body’s tissues. The dual effect of this healing process is that it both soothes and energizes.

Bloat Buster Boot Camp Brings Rapid Results   

Our spa’s signature Slimming Wrap consists of wrapping the body in bandages soaked in slimming oils and minerals, and then covering the wrapped body in a hot thermal blanket to sweat off the bloat. We call this treatment “the boot camp of body-slimming wraps” because of the intensity of the procedure and immediacy of its results.

We look forward to welcoming you to our spa conveniently located in the center of midtown Manhattan to enjoy our popular treatments.

Dorit & Staff

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Friendship at a Midtown Day Spa

As August and with it our spa’s annual promotion in honor of female friendship draws to a close, we asked Dorit Baxter the following questions:

Why honor female friendship in August?Friendshipmonth

International Friendship Day is always the first Sunday in August, but the connection between this spa and female friendship goes way back to the early 80s.

What is the connection?

In the first year of the 80s, I opened a prototype for the urban day spa in midtown Manhattan, and that was a decade which was very challenging for women.

Weren’t the challenges in the 70s when women fought for equality of opportunity?

Yes, of course; but the 80s brought different kinds of challenges. Suddenly there were new career opportunities for women. Women were feeling they had to be like lions in the boardroom and kittens in the bedroom. They were planning long-term career strategies while listening to the ticking of their biological clocks. In the 70s, they had learned the power of female friendship in the Conscious Raising groups, now they were struggling to find the time to see their friends.

Is that when you began to see the spa as place to which friends could to together?

Yes, but I didn’t think in terms of the word Spa. I know it’s difficult to understand now, when there is a mini-day spa in every mall in America, but back then a spa meant a destination venue which only the rich could afford. What I began to see than was a connection between my boutique salon, which offered massages as well as skin, hair, and nail care, as place where my schedule-stressed clients could relax, by themselves, and also with friends. My salon on East 58th Street became just that.

How did that first venue evolve into what you have now?

By the end of the 80’s there was talk of a kinder and gentler America, so I opened a much larger space on West 57th Street, at the core of midtown instead of at its edge. I wanted it to be an “urban oasis” for my clients, a place where they could enjoy the scrubs and packs that were then only available at destination spas. I continued to maintain a pampering ambience where hardworking women could come to be pampered as well as beatified, where massages and varied spa treatments induced a feeling of wellness. I wanted my clients to feel comfortable in inviting their friends to share this experience in a place where they could take time for themselves and one another.

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Three Days of Day Spa’s Deep Discounts

Midweek prices this week at Dorit Baxter in midtown Manhattan are the real deal when it comes to highest quality treatments at amazingly affordable prices in an exceptionally affable atmosphere. Check out on our Web site Spa Savings Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday only.

Groomed to Perfection for $118

We call this package Summer Fun because this trio of beautifying treatments pamper as they prettify. Our Classical European Facial will significantly refresh your face so that it looks like springtime instead of the last phase of a long, hot summer. In our Nail Salon, the tips of your fingers and toes will be scrubbed, shaped and polished so that you look positively perfectly groomed.

DeepDuo of Signature Treatments for $128

Our Pampering Package offers the signature Facial described above with our signature One-Hour Body Massage which will make you feel as good as you will look after the facial.

Beauty & Wellness Trio for $185

Dorit Baxter’s Bare Skin Beautifier offers at a saving of nearly $50, all three of the treatments conveying a signature of consistent quality at quantifiably low prices. Thus our duo becomes a trio with a facial as pampering as it is essential to the health of your skin, a tension-busting massage, and our Sea Salt Body Scrub which purifies the skin with a formula that gives you the keys to Euphoria.

This exceptional Spa Savings is only offered thru Thursday, August 27th, so call us right now and make an appointment to find midweek magic in midtown Manhattan.

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Running Shoes & Day Spas

At the beginning of this month, there was an article in the Well section of the New York Times titled Choosing the Right Running Shoes. This led to a conversation about the connection between these shoes and the day spa industry in America, and the following interview with Dorit Baxter, owner of one of the very first day spas in the U.S.

Why do running shoes remind you of the time when you decided to open a Beauty & Wellness business in midtown Manhattan?shoesneakers
It wasn’t that I decided to open such a business, because the term did not exist then; and the shoes we are talking about were known simply as “sneakers.”

How did you make the connection between the two?
In the spring of 1980, there was a transit strike in New York. Women were walking to work through Manhattan, across the Brooklyn Bridge, all over the city.  We all said that we were enjoying the exercise, because we were wearing sneakers and carrying our high-heeled shows to work in our handbags.

Where were you working then?
I was the skin care specialist at a large and well-known hair salon just down West 57th Street from my spa’s present location. My facials were very popular and I had reached the point where I was overbooked. I felt it was the optimal time to start my own business but such a venture is always a risk and I needed to feel that I had a new concept.

How did women walking to work in sneakers give you a new concept?
I saw how much they needed exercise in their daily lives. I also saw how they needed to relax, so I got the idea of starting a boutique beauty salon in midtown specializing in skin care but also offering massage therapy. This doesn’t sound new now but then it did, because only the huge salons offered what we now call a wellness-treatment.

When did you open your own business?
Half a year after the transit strike, in the fall of 1980, I opened my first Beauty & Wellness business in midtown Manhattan; a decade later I opened a full day spa at my present location, one of the first in the U.S. And it all started with the sneakers. And since that spring of 1980, all over New York, you can still see women walking in comfortable shoes.

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Friendship Month at Dorit Baxter

August is Friendship Month at Dorit Baxter where you are invited to bring a friend into our spa and we will welcome her with a generous discount

Celebrating Friendshipfriends

The first Sunday in August is always International Friendship Day, and at our spa in midtown-Manhattan, it has become a tradition to turn the entire month into a celebration of friendship with our Friendship Month Special.

Why We Celebrate Friendship

In 1980, Dorit opened a boutique-sized day spa at the edge of midtown. It was an era when women were learning to “dress for success,” and grateful for the respite from all the pressure Dorit’s first spa offered. Nearly a decade later, Dorit opened a much larger establishment at her present location in the center of midtown. New York’s women were by then taking time for themselves, and their female friendships. We came to realize then that one of our spa’s purposes was to provide a place and a mental state for women to spend time with their friends.

How We Celebrate Friendship

We are inviting you to bring a friend into the spa and she will receive 50% off the price of any of our a la carte services. You also can opt to split the bill with her. This is up to you; what is up to us is to provide both of you with our high-quality affordable treatments in an affable atmosphere.

We look forward to welcoming you and your friends to our conveniently located spa for a generous discount in honor of friendship,

Dorit & Staff

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Four Days of Summer Indulgence

Dorit Baxter’s midtown day spa is offering Four Days to Indulge, Save, and Rejuvenate through Sunday August 2nd. Straddling the last two days of July and the first two of August in the steaming depths of summer, these days are yours for cooling-off.

facehydration$109 for a Trio of Beauty Essentials

Enjoy our pampering Classic European Facial accompanied by Dorit Baxter’s ever-popular Manicure and Pedicure so that you leave the spa with a rejuvenated face, a relaxed mood, and beautifully buffed nails.

$128 for Signature Beauty & Wellness Services

Our rejuvenating facial combines with a blissful one-hour body massage to make you look and feel distinctly younger.

$185 for Signature Wellness, Beauty, and Body Services.

To the massage and facial, add our signature Sea Salt Body Scrub which purifies your skin and brings euphoria to your mood.

These spectacular savings are a thank-you to our patrons for their loyalty through the years by giving them a supremely chill-out experience as the city sizzles, energy melts, and nerves fray.

Spa Specials like these are not offered on our Web site. They are presented in mailings to our data base, and to browsers visiting this blog. If you are not yet on our mailing list, be sure to ask to have your name added to it when you call to make an appointment

We invite you to come in and savor spa treatments that provide a welcome respite from scorching pavements and sweaty skin in an ambience where you are pampered as both serenity and energy are replenished.

Dorit & the Spa Staff

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Exercise & Activity

At our day spa, we are always interested in trends in both aesthetics and wellness, a natural interest, since Dorit Baxter’s spa in midtown-Manhattan was one of the first in the U.S. to offer an array of treatments fusing the two, three-and-a-half decades ago. Now there is a new trend in thinking about movement—an essential component of wellness—which we want to share with you.

Exercise + Activity = MovementJogging

Over the past few years, new concepts about movement have come to the forefront of wellness-oriented concerns. No longer is it considered okay to intensely exercise four or five days a week for as much as an hour and then spend most of the rest of one’s waking time seated at an office desk all day, and in the evening in front the TV. Instead, moving as much as possible in daily activities is advised along with, but not in place of, periods of focused intense exercise

Difference between Exercise & Activity

Exercise is planned, focused and intense. Activity is the stuff of daily life and can be enhanced by a few healthy changes to your routine:

—walking to grocery store, carrying bags home in a backpack

—walking around the office or home for a few minutes after half an hour of sitting

—using the stairs instead of the elevator

— walking to and from every destination as much as is possible

— in the midst of a brisk walk, break into a spurt for about three minutes

— jogging in place for a few minutes for every half hour of sitting in front of the TV

Conscious Movement

The key to following these suggestions is to keep moving consciously, purposefully, from increasing the speed of weeding the garden, to taking the stairs in your home two at a time. Conscious living can form the core of exercise programs as well as infusing daily life with more movement. For more information on conscious movement, we recommend, Eat-Move-Sleep: How Small Choices Can Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath.

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Dorit Baxter’s Nail Care = SPA

At our midtown spa we have invented an acronym for the quality nail care that we provide for our clients: SafePamperingAesthetic

Safe, Now and Always

A few weeks ago, this blog published a post about unsafe practices in many nail salons which was the basis of a New York Times Series. Our salon deplores the practice of “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers,” and we are proud to say that our nail care is free of dangerous chemicals like acrylic, gel, or shellac, because we will not endanger the health of our nail technicians and our clients, and will not pollute our health-conscious environment with toxic products.

More recently, we read with interest a follow-up article stating that while some improvements have been made as a result of investigations stemming from the series, a pattern of abuse continues. We hope that attention stays sufficiently focused on this outrage so that reforms can become increasingly effective.

pedicurePampering: a Touch & a Commitment

In place of pollutants, our spa’s nail salon offers pampering which is manifested in both the caring touch of our nail technicians, and the commitment we bring to all of our services: to ensure that our clients are feeling well cared for and much appreciated when they are with us.

Aesthetic: An Approach & an Expertise

The aesthetics of our nail salon reflect those of a spa devoted to Aesthetics and Wellness, and the expertise of technicians who can give savvy advice on the optimal shape and shade for the nails of fingers and toes.

Consider yourself warmly invited to come into our spa in midtown Manhattan and experience for yourself a nail care salon characterized by SPA

Dorit & Staff

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Mid-Week Deals at Dorit Baxter

Impromptu Indulgences

Dorit Baxter, a midtown day spa meeting the beauty & wellness needs of New Yorkers for nearly three-and-a-half decades, is offering this summer real deals mid-week. These surprising discounts make midtown’s most affordable day spa even more so. Because these prices are unprecedentedly low, we cannot plan on them in advance. Think of them as sporadic and impromptu indulgences for yourself this season of steaming streets and heat-frazzled nerves.

This Week’s Dealmoneysaver

On Tuesday July 14 & Wednesday July 15, we are offering three treatments each at the amazingly low price of $50. You can come in for one or two or all three of these treatments:

$50 Classic European Facial

$50 Sea Salt Body Scrub

$50 Manicure, Pedicure & Warm Hand Paraffin

Upcoming Deals

Our plan is to offer such deals frequently through the summer, but only on an impromptu basis. If you are a budget-conscious spa-goer with a flexible mindset, these impromptu treats representing quality services at dramatically reduced prices are for you.

Spa’s Mailing List

Dorit Baxter’s mid-week real deals do not appear on our spa’s Web Site, where you will find information about seasonal specials, spa packages, and other discounted treatments. Information about the mid-week deals can only be obtained by being on our spa’s e-mailing list, which you can join with a phone call to us at 212 371-4542.
Looking forward to seeing you this summer for impromptu real deals at our spa conveniently located for almost 35 years in midtown Manhattan.

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Sun Protection

Sun Protection for the Summer Season

Dorit Baxter Recommends

In the 35 years that Dorit Baxter has owned her NY Day Spa in the heart of midtown Manhattan, she has been aware of how important it is for her clientele to be educated about protecting the skin from exposure to the summertime sun. This is why she is recommending a recent article in the NY Times on this topic.

“Sobering Findings”

In her recent article titled With Summer Sun Comes Signs of Danger, Jane Brody, personal health columnist for the Times, tells her readers that this is the time to “review the latest sobering findings on the damage that ultraviolet radiation can inflict on one’s skin and then take steps to prevent it.”

Beyond Sunscreen Debates

The Brody article takes us beyond sunscreen debates by reminding us: “Dermatologists have long cautioned people not to rely too heavily on sunscreens, even products with the recommended S.P.F. rating of 30 or higher for summer sun protection. Few people who do use sunscreen use enough to achieve the level of protection measured in the laboratory, and few reapply it often enough. A better plan is to stay out of the sun, especially midday, and cover the skin when sun exposure is unavoidable.”

Caution Should Be Noted

The Dorit Baxter Spa joins in these cautions. Yes, sunscreens can be effective, but only if used correctly in terms of quantity applied and the frequency of reapplications. Our spa urges you not to assume that you are using sunscreen the way it is intended to be used. Unless you are willing to do this, it is highly advisable to take the advice of staying out of the sun, particularly in its midday strength, and when your exposure to the sun is unavoidable, to cover the skin.

Wishing you a happy and safe-sun summer,

Dorit & Staff

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Spa Treatments for the Beach

Make Your Body Beach-Readybikinicial

Now that the calendar says summer is officially here, and we have started the countdown for the biggest-bash holiday weekend of the season, it’s time to make sure your body matches your mood in its readiness for the beach. Here are the three spa treatments which we at Dorit Baxter are offering for the last days of June and the first days of July:

De-Bloat for the Beach

You will be super-confident in your bathing suit after Dorit Baxter’s signature Slimming Wrap, a de-bloating treatment that wraps your body in bandages soaked in slimming oils and minerals, and puts you in a hot thermal blanket to sweat off the bloat.

Get the Best Wax for Your Beach Attire

Whatever the bathing suit you are wearing, you will want to be confident that you are hair-free in the areas your swim suit reveals. Check out all of our Body Waxing services and decide which one is the best fit for you. Most of our clients opt for the Bikini Wax, unless they want to go Brazilian, but for those preferring more conservative swim wear, an Upper Leg Wax can suffice. The choice, as always at Dorit Baxter is yours

Be Beach-Ready with a Pedicure

Pretty feet are essential for you to stroll on the shoreline with confidence. A Dorit Baxter Pedicure will pamper, soothe and smooth your feet, groom your toenails to perfection, and offer you a wide variety of Essie nail polishes from which you can choose the color that you feel will look best on you at the beach.

Dorit and staff are waiting to welcome you to our spa, conveniently located in the core of Midtown Manhattan, for our treatments that will make you completely and confidently beach-ready as summer swings into its high season.

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Dad’s Day Gifts at Dorit Baxter Day Spa

For Father’s Day 2015, our spa is offering a choice of three spa packages specifically designed for the father in your life:

Young man getting a massageWellness for Dad —Dorit’s Baxter’s Signature Massage & Facial, plus a pampering manicure, $139

Male Wellness —Bonanza of five Dorit Baxter treatments, from our signature Massage, Facial, and Sea Salt Body Scrub, to a soothing paraffin treatment for the hands, to the choice between a manicure and pedicure, all for only $225

Energizing Dad —Full-Hour massage and a manicure guaranteed to groom and pamper for $89

Why Give Dad a Spa Gift?

Because a spa gift is a perfect way to say, “Dad, you have always taken care of your family and now it’s time to take care of you with sumptuous treatments that both relax and energize, pamper and groom. This one’s for you, Dad.

Why Give Dad a Dorit Baxter Spa Gift?

Because Dorit Baxter’s Spa at the core of Midtown Manhattan was one of America’s first day spas, and from the beginning we welcomed men as well as women for expert and affordable treatments in an affable ambience. For over thirty years, we have been making all visitors to our spa, whatever their gender, age, or personal style, feel welcomed and appreciated.

Call our Midtown Spa at (212) 371-4542 to make an appointment for your dad. Special prices are valid thru June 30, 2015. Now is the time to give back to Dad for all he has given to you!

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Safe, Pampering & Aesthetic Nail Care at Midtown Spa

At Dorit Baxter’s Midtown Spa, we practice safe nail care with consistent attention to pampering and aesthetics.

Safety First

Dorit Baxter has never used acrylic, gel, or shellac in our nail care so as not to endanger the health of clients or nail technicians, or pollute our serene environment with chemical odors.

“When prospective clients have called to ask if our manicures and pedicures include these products, we explain that we can’t maintain a wellness-inducing environment in the presence of fumes which are offensive to the olfactory sense, and endanger the health of our staff and clientele,” Dorit explains adding, “then we invite the caller to come in and experience our gentle, enjoyable, and expert nail care,”

Pampering Experience

Dorit Baxter’s nail care is administered by aestheticians practiced in providing a pampering for fingers and toes, hands and feet, as part of the process of filing and styling, cleaning and polishing the nails.

Nail Aestheticsnewmanipicbox

Nail aesthetics are about polish color. At our nail salon the in heart of Manhattan, we use quick-drying Essie Polish, thus eliminating the need for blowers and dryers, and facilitating the serene ambience we are committed to enhancing.

In subsequent blog posts, we will be discussing the range of color choices available, talking about what’s hot in polish color this season, what’s not—and why you should be guided by neither, but only what looks and feels right to you.

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Bonanza Discount at Dorit Baxter this Week

Through the Ninth of June, our centrally located spa is offering a Massage, Manicure and Pedicure for a total of only $118.

Summertime Treats

The calendar may say Spring, but our internal clocks know that Summer’s here. To celebrate its arrival, our Midtown Spa is providing a trio of treatments that pamper as they heal and groom.

Muscle Care

As you “roll out the lazy, hazy days of summer,” remember to heal your muscles from constricting pain with an hour’s Body Massage that will make you look as good as you feel at the beach.

pedicurePretty Nails

Speaking of the beach, whether the color of your toe tips matches or complements that of your finger tips, this is the time when you will want to show off both with an expert Manicure and Pedicure which are exceptionally affordable for Midtown Manhattan

Poison-Free Nail Care

The nail salon services at our spa are free of the dangerous chemicals used in so many other salons, a shocking condition recently chronicled in a New York Times Series. Dorit Baxter has never used acrylic, gel, or shellac in our nail care so as not to endanger clients or nail technicians, or pollute our serene environment with chemical odors.

Call right now for an appointment through Friday at our spa in the core of Midtown Manhattan for our discounted trio of treatments to loosen your muscles and buff your nails at summer’s start.

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Q&A with Dorit Baxter on Deep Cleansing Facials

What is a Deep Cleansing Facial?facial

In a deep-cleansing facial the emphasis is on extraction, while in a basic facial, like our spa’s Classic European Facial, the emphasis is on exfoliation.

Who Needs a Deep Cleansing Facial?

People with very oily and acne-prone skin can greatly benefit from a facial focused on extractions.

So, it’s only an oily skin that develops blackheads, right?

Wrong. Dry skin often develops tough blackheads, and these are particularly hard to extract, because the area around the blackhead in dry skin is harder, more resistant to the procedure.

How do I know if my black heads require an extraction-focused facial?

Ask your nose; study it in front of a well-lit mirror. If you see many blackheads on your nose, you will know that you would benefit from a deep cleaning procedure.

Do deep extractions have to hurt?

The esthetician’s expertise can minimize discomfort. Our spa’s Deep Cleansing Facial was recently the subject of an article in Marie-Claire in which one of the magazine’s web editors, Lauren Valenti, described her facial with “Yaffa Rabe, a master esthetician and skin specialist at Dorit Baxter Day Spa, who firmly believes that extractions are the secret to a glowing complexion, but only if they’re performed by a professional.

“What surprised me most,” Valenti continued, “was that Rabe had no metal tools in her arsenal, and simply used gloved fingers and tissues. While squeezing out my face with utter precision, she explained that she was targeting my problem areas: T-zone, nose, chin, and random spots along my cheeks.”

Why did your spa’s master esthetician perform the procedure without the use of a metal implement?

The more imbedded the blackhead, the deeper you have to go to extract it, and when you go that deep, a tool can irritate the skin. Therefore, it is advisable to use the least invasive tool possible—human fingers, gloved and aided by the softest of tissues.

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Waxing Discount at Dorit Baxter

Dorit Baxter is offering a 20% discount on all waxing services at her midtown spa through May 24

Make this Week a Waxing Week

Memorial Day ushers in the unofficial start of the summer season. If you are going to be away this weekend, then you will want to have your waxing needs met during the week. If you are planning on being in the city over the weekend, Saturday or Sunday would be the perfect time for a waxing, as the spa will be closed on Monday May 25 in observance of Memorial Day

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Take a look at Dorit Baxter’s waxing services and choose whichever ones are right for you on the edge of summer 2015. Your choice will depend on how much of yourself you want to show on the beach this season. We will talk in detail about the varieties of waxing services our spa is offering in subsequent blogs over the summer. For now, just look at the array and pick what suits your summer bathing suits.

Discounts at Dorit Baxter are Midtown’s Best Bargains

Because our spa’s regular prices have been exceptionally affordable in pricey Midtown Manhattan since 1980, our discounted prices are actually discounts on discounts. Affordable treatments of superior quality in an affable atmosphere at New York’s most convenient location have been the reason for our spa’s long-term success.

Looking forward to meeting all your waxing needs at our Midtown Spa this summer

Dorit & Staff

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Dorit Baxter’s Three-Day Discount Bonanza

Dorit Baxter is offering at her spa in Midtown Manhattan thru May 15 three essential beautifying & wellness-inducing treatments for only $50 each.

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Dorit Baxter’s signature Classic European Facial has been treasured by New Yorkers since 1980. From a facial massage to soften the skin, to a soothing, steaming process preparing the face for the deep cleansing that is essential for looking your best, to a mask that refines skin texture, your face is pampered and purified to perfection.

Cleanse Your Body & Feel Euphoric

Our Sea Salt Body Scrub will cleanse and purify your body through a thorough but gentle exfoliating process which will take your spirit all the way to euphoria while soothing, smoothing and softening your skin.

The following three grooming services are offered together for the astonishingly affordable cost of only $50!

Manicure to give you the polished look that says “Midtown Manhattan”

Pedicure to pamper & prettify your feet, and sleekly polish your toenails

Warm-Hand Paraffin to soothe and soften, moisturize and rejuvenate, your hands.

You Can Have It All

You don’t have to choose among the three $50 specials described above. You can opt for each of them on the same day, or over two, or three days, or simply pick one. The choice is yours; the pleasure of providing you with your choice(s) is ours.

We look forward to greeting your this midweek of superbly discounted treatments at our midtown spa,

Dorit & Staff

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Recipients of Mother’s Day Spa Gifts

Dorit Baxter Day Spa suggests purchasers of Mother’s Day Spa Gifts expand their notion of who can receive such a gift

Inclusivity at Midtown Spa

Dorit Baxter’s spa has been about inclusivity for three-and-a-half-decades of meeting the beauty and wellness needs of New York’s hard-working middle-class women. In terms of age, race, ethnicity and personal style, we reached out to build in Midtown Manhattan a clientele as diverse as the city itself. Now we are suggesting that you be inclusive about Mother’s Day Spa Gifts.

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When you start to think about it, you will most likely realize that there is more than one maternal figure in your life. An aunt to whom you are close; a woman is who is a friend of your family and has always been kind to you; a mentor at work who has taught you to navigate your way up the career ladder—all of these ladies are appropriate recipients of a Mother’s Day gift from you.

Maternity and Maturity

A maternal figure in your life need not be that much older than you. There may be a woman in the neighborhood who has kept a kindly eye on you, a friend’s older sister who has offered comfort and advice, the grandmotherly lady who lives next door.

Thanks the Day Spa Way

Saying thank you to the maternal figures in your life the day spa way means you are saying: “You deserve pampering and beautifying treatments in a welcoming environment that will make you feel as appreciated as you are by me.”

We are looking forward to beatifying and pampering the maternal women in your life at our Midtown Spa where inclusivity, expertise, affability and affordability have been there for New Yorkers since Nineteen-Eighty.

Happy Mother’s Day from Dorit & Staff

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Spa Gifts for Mother’s Day

Dorit Baxter is offering four packages of generously discounted spa treatments at her spa in midtown- Manhattan to those shopping for Mother’s Day gifts

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What do you get when you combine a One-Hour Body Massage with a Sea Salt Body Scrub into a Mother’s Day gift package? A package called Pampering Mom, which will relieve muscular tension and also cleanse the skin for a purified appearance and euphoric sensation.

Trio of Delightful Treatments

We call this triad of treatments Beautifying Mom because it consists of our Classic European Facial to bring a glow to the features, our One-Hour Body Massage that brings a beautiful smile to the face as muscle tension is dissolved, and a pedicure that pampers and prettifies the feet as it polishes the toes.

Spa Package of Five Treatments

The Dorit Baxter Body Beautifier has always been a very popular spa gift for Mother’s Day, because it offers a Therapeutic Massage, a pampering & cleansing Facial, a Hand Paraffin Treatment that heals joint pain as it smoothes the skin, an exfoliating Sea Salt Body Scrub, and a choice of a Manicure or a Pedicure.

Sumptuous Spa Experience

We call it the Chill Out; mothers who are recipients of this gift call it an ultimate in pampering and beautifying. Enjoy the following treatments: release muscular tension with a Therapeutic Massage; cleanse the countenance with a Classic European Facial; exfoliate the skin all the way to euphoria with a Sea Salt Body Scrub; an Herbal Body Wrap seals into the body a healing and fragrant blend of botanical and herbal essences; for simultaneous pampering & grooming, a Manicure and Pedicure, plus a complimentary nutritious & delicious lunch. All for under $300!

Looking forward to beatifying and pampering your mother at our Midtown Spa

Dorit & Staff

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Midtown Spa’s Spring Special

Midtown Spa’s Spring Specials: Low in Price, High in Quality

Dorit Baxter Spa’s Spring Specials are packages of sumptuously pampering and wellness inducing treatments at the generously discounted prices for which this Midtown Manhattan venue has long been known

Facial Cleansing & Body Scrub

For under a hundred dollars, a springtime skin-purifying treat from head to toe is yours with our Beautifying Duo: Dorit Baxter’s signature Classic European Facial, encompassing all the essential steps for balancing and beautifying every skin type: plus our signature body treatment, the Sea Salt Body Scrub which gently exfoliates your skin while elevating your mood all the way Euphoria. This steeply discounted package is available Mondays thru Thursdays.

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Board the Euphoria Express in Midtown Manhattan when you enjoy the package we call a Delightful Retreat. Available 7 days a week for only $129, this combination of a Body Massage and a Sea Salt Scrub, both of which will soothe and energize you to a state that can only be described as euphoric, is the ultimate in renewal.

Massage, Facial & Body Scrub

Save almost $50 with our Bare Skin Beautifier, consisting of Dorit Baxter’s three signature treatments: One-Hour Body Massage, Classic European Facial, and Sea Salt Body Scrub. Available 7 days a week, this package provides everything you to need to experience the spirit of springtime in New York.

Wedding Prep: Beautifying the Bride

As bridal season approaches, we are proud to be offering 7 days a week our Bridal Beautifier package of treatments at only $189, a package that includes our One-Hour Body Massage, plus a Sea Salt Body Scrub, with the addition of our two basic grooming & pampering treatments: Dorit Baxter’s ever-popular Manicure & Pedicure.

We are all looking forward to providing you with our midtown spa’s select packages of treatments in tune with the soft beauty of springtime in the center of this most fabulous of all the world’s cities

Dorit & Staff

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Midtown Spa Spring Savings

This spring, as at every time of the year, Dorit Baxter Day Spa abounds in bargains because budget-friendly treatments are part of the trio we have promised, and delivered, to spa-going New Yorkers for the past three-and-a-half decades: Superior Services at Affordable Prices in an Amicable Atmosphere.

Double Discounts at Dorit’s

Every discount at Dorit Baxter is a double discount because our regularly priced treatments have always been exceptionally reasonable for a spa in the core of Manhattan. Therefore, when you avail yourself of our discounted services, the price that is being discounted is already a savings.

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Our Spring Specials consist of the following packages of popular treatments:

Beautifying Duo comprising our two signature skincare services: Classic European Facial and Sea Salt Body Scrub.

Delightful Retreat offering both the Body Scrub and our signature One-Hour Body Massage.

Bare Skin Beautifier, consisting of our signature facial, body massage, and body scrub

Bridal Beautifier providing the bride with a massage, body scrub, manicure and pedicure

Dorit’s Midweek Surprises

Occasionally our spa offers midweek deeply discounted and widely popular treatments. We mail notices of these impromptu delights to our mailing list, and also post them on our homepage with the title $50 Treatments. If you are not on our mailing list, simply call the spa at 212 371-4542 and ask to be added to our list. If you are mailing-list adverse, be sure to check out Web site on a regular basis so as not to miss one of Dorit’s Midweek Surprises

We are waiting to welcome you to our spa this season where the prices are as reasonable as the services are excellent and the atmosphere is friendly,

Dorit & Staff

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Early Spring Time at Dorit Baxter

The early spring as winter loses its grip on the weather and in our moods to make way for the season of renewal, the homepage of our Midtown Spa’s Web Site indicates the enthusiasm which one of America’s first day spas swings into spring.

Extraction Facial

Marie Claire raves about a specialized Dorit Baxter facial which focuses on a deep cleansing. Our Deep Cleansing Facial with Herbal Pack prepares your skin for spring with serious extractions for a seasonal glow. The herbal pack constitutes a softening agent which readies the skin for deep extractions performed by our expert skin care specialists. Discomfort is minimized all the way to a completely cleansed face.

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In subsequent blog posts, we will describe the four Spring Specials in detail. For now, we will simply say that these packages of spa treatments are designed to beautify the body and enhance an overall feeling of wellness in tune with the season of budding and blooming, of warmer weather and happier feelings.

Couples Massage Lesson

An all-year-round popular treatment, our spa’s Couples Massage Lesson resonates with loving duos for varied reasons in different seasons. In the season of renewal, romantic pairs see in nature’s exuberance a reflection of their feelings for each other. At Dorit Baxter those feelings find expression in a session of mutual massage lessons.

Swing into spring at Dorit Baxter Day Spa in the heart of midtown Manhattan where we are waiting to usher you into the sweet season of renewal.

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Deep Cleansing Facial

Marie Claire Magazine Praises Dorit Baxter

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facialOur spa was gratified by a recent feature in Marie Claire by beauty editor Lauren Valenti who writes “Since extractions are a decidedly delicate matter, I did my homework and ended up in the most capable of hands: Yaffa Rabe, a master esthetician and skin specialist at Dorit Baxter Day Spa, who firmly believes that extractions are the secret to a glowing complexion, but only if they’re performed by a professional.”

Skin Softener

The secret to a successful deep-cleansing facial, one which accomplishes the maximum number of extractions with minimal discomfort, is to optimally soften the skin prior to the extraction. In all Dorit Baxter Facials, except for the Deep-Cleanser, steaming is the primary means of softening the skin.

Herbal Elixer

In our Deep-Cleansing Facial, the Dorit Baxter Herbal Pack is the primary softening agent. Valenti describes our spa’s herbal pack as an “elixer made of chamomile, lavender, and flax seeds, which work together to calm the skin, withdraw oil, and remove dead layers of skin without exfoliation or harsh ingredients.”

Heated Fragrance

These specialized herbs are melded and melted in our kitchen and placed in a gauze pouch the size of a large teabag. The freshly heated and fragrant pack covers the face and its softening effects prepare the skin for extraction.

Sealing Steamer

In our deep-cleansing facial, the steaming process functions to seal into the skin the softening effects of the herbal pack, making the skin optimally receptive to the extraction process, best performed by the gloved fingers of one of our highly skilled estheticians using soft tissues instead of a metal tool.

Spring Cleaning

We look forward to welcoming you to our spa in midtown Manhattan this spring for the Deep Cleansing Facial so appreciated by Marie Claire.

Dorit & Staff

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Dramatic Discounts Make for February Fun at Dorit Baxter

Dorit Baxter Day Spa, located at the core of midtown Manhattan, is full of fun during this latter part of February, as the fickle weather keeps segueing from freezing to sunny.

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Our day spa’s deeply discounted February-Fun Package consists of a One-Hour Body Massage Plus a choice between our Classic European Facial or a Manicure and a Pedicure. Let’s take a look at the contents of this package to see if we can find the fun in each treatment.

Where Wellness Meets Pampering

Starting with the post-holiday blues and going right through a Valentine’s Weekend of almost record-breaking cold, you deserve to feel better while being pampered, which is just what Dorit Baxter’s wonderfully therapeutic One-Hour Body Massage will do for you.


Be Pampered All the Way to Rejuvenation

Our Spa’s signature Classic European Facial will hydrate your winter-ravaged visage, thus softening your skin and changing a face made ruddy by the wind into one that wears a warm glow of derma health.


Choose a Grooming and Pampering Experience

At our Midtown Nail Salon, expert grooming procedures are performed with a pampering touch, from a Manicure that polishes the tips of your fingers to a Pedicure that prettifies your toes while making your soles feel like velvet.

Remember, this month is the shortest of the year; so before these now-visibly lengthening days fly by you, be sure to have some February Fun at our Midtown spa.

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Valentine’s Weekend at Dorit Baxter

With Valentine’s Day a Saturday this year and the following Monday President’s Day, at our midtown spa the three-day weekend is being called Valentine’s Weekend. Here what you can expect from us over three festive days in the middle of February.

Healing, Tender Touch

Learn how to bring a healing touch to the one you love with our Massage Lesson for Couples, one of our spa’s most popular treatments because it teaches a loving pair how to give each other the gift of a caring, healing, and tender touch

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Dorit Baxter’s Couples Massage gives the two of you the opportunity to simultaneously experience the delight of a pampering, soothing, and ultimately energizing therapeutic massage.

Massage and Facial

The Dorit Baxter Couples Special, consisting of a shared massage experience and our Classic European Facial for each of you, is a lovely way to say Be My Valentine.

Couples Spa Package

We have bundled up the best of our aesthetics & wellness treatments into a lavishly pampering package we call the Couples Package which will be a celebration of the very special connection that is yours to treasure and nurture.

Festive February

For any woman wanting a Beauty & Wellness experience in the middle of a wintry month, our February Fun brings you the best of both with a One Hour Body Massage plus a Classic European Facial OR a Manicure And a Pedicure

Looking forward to providing our reasonably priced and sumptuously pampering services for you on Valentine’s Weekend 2015 at our spa in the heart of Midtown Manhattan

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