Exhale Spa Upper East Side

★★★☆☆
Core Fusion is a combination of Yoga, Pilates, Ballet and Strength Training; Exhale Spa Madison Ave – Upper East Side
  • 980 Madison Ave

    New York, NY 10021

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  • 212-249-8405

About Exhale Spa Upper East Side

Hours
Mon - Tues 6:30am - 9pm Wed 6am - 9pm Thur - Fri 6:30am - 9pm Sat 7:30am-9pm Sun 7:30am-8pm

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Great "gym' (classes). Terrible Spa.\r
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I totally loved the core fusion classes here -- really great instructors -- and I would come back just for them. However, the spa side and front desk/admin side has been very stressful and on this

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★★★★★

Great "gym' (classes). Terrible Spa.\r
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I totally loved the core fusion classes here -- really great instructors -- and I would come back just for them. However, the spa side and front desk/admin side has been very stressful and on this

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I've been going to Exhale for years. I love the ambience and the cosmeticians and massage therapists. Exhale runs a clean and timely operation. I have found the massage therapists to be knowledgeable and professional. I don't know a thing about the eyebrow service which seems to get so many complaints. But I have never had a bad experience at Exhale. I have taken yoga classes there and there was always plenty of space for each student. I'd say, if you haven't been to this rather unique space, you should give it a try.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Exhale for years. I love the ambience and the cosmeticians and massage therapists. Exhale runs a clean and timely operation. I have found the massage therapists to be knowledgeable and professional. I don't know a thing about the eyebrow service which seems to get so many complaints. But I have never had a bad experience at Exhale. I have taken yoga classes there and there was always plenty of space for each student. I'd say, if you haven't been to this rather unique space, you should give it a try.

Pros: Wonderful reception to wonderful therapists

Cons: none

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I visited the big city for Christmas vacation and had a wonderful experience for acupuncture! I even treated myself to a core flow class which was a nice change from doing pilates. The staff recommended lash tinting after I complained of having thin red lashes. I went for it and it made such huge difference! The only mistake that I made on my part was adding an appointment for brow arching. After my acupuncture appointment I waited in the lobby to be picked up. If you've had acupuncture done you would know that you are as relaxed as if you've had massage. Lo' and behold my buzz was wiped quick-like by a short woman with a bad temper (mumbling obscenities about tips!). I felt the tension in the room build and wondered if I had walked into another business after acupuncture! The woman then yelled at me to "come on!" and follow her. It was Eliza the brow lady! She rushed quickly and became upset because I asked her how she was doing. To top it off she demanded I stop talking and said I had butchered eyebrows. All in all she did a so-so job, I may have got a better deal and shape in Australia.
I wish I had enough time for a facial, maybe next time.

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★★★☆☆

I visited the big city for Christmas vacation and had a wonderful experience for acupuncture! I even treated myself to a core flow class which was a nice change from doing pilates. The staff recommended lash tinting after I complained of having thin red lashes. I went for it and it made such huge difference! The only mistake that I made on my part was adding an appointment for brow arching. After my acupuncture appointment I waited in the lobby to be picked up. If you've had acupuncture done you would know that you are as relaxed as if you've had massage. Lo' and behold my buzz was wiped quick-like by a short woman with a bad temper (mumbling obscenities about tips!). I felt the tension in the room build and wondered if I had walked into another business after acupuncture! The woman then yelled at me to "come on!" and follow her. It was Eliza the brow lady! She rushed quickly and became upset because I asked her how she was doing. To top it off she demanded I stop talking and said I had butchered eyebrows. All in all she did a so-so job, I may have got a better deal and shape in Australia.
I wish I had enough time for a facial, maybe next time.

Pros: Acupuncture/Core Flow

Cons: Brow arching

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i was looking for a place to do my eyebrows, i had a big problem, i had no shape, tattoo only. when i came to exhale , to the famous eliza's eyes people, i hoped at least to have some recommendations, but i got hurt by comments about my appearance. it was horrible experience.By my lucky chance ,i found somebody else at the salon Mingle, and it happened to be that i got my eyebrows back with the help of people who care and know how to do it.

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★☆☆☆☆

i was looking for a place to do my eyebrows, i had a big problem, i had no shape, tattoo only. when i came to exhale , to the famous eliza's eyes people, i hoped at least to have some recommendations, but i got hurt by comments about my appearance. it was horrible experience.By my lucky chance ,i found somebody else at the salon Mingle, and it happened to be that i got my eyebrows back with the help of people who care and know how to do it.

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After a long day at work, Exhale is the best place to go. The calming and luxurious atmosphere can put anyone at ease, and the classes, therapies, and manicure pedicures are all amazing. The staff members are some of the most accomodating people I have ever met, and are focused on making your experience a great one. This "mind-body spa" is worth every penny

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★★★★★

After a long day at work, Exhale is the best place to go. The calming and luxurious atmosphere can put anyone at ease, and the classes, therapies, and manicure pedicures are all amazing. The staff members are some of the most accomodating people I have ever met, and are focused on making your experience a great one. This "mind-body spa" is worth every penny

Pros: atmosphere, staff, therapies, classes

Cons: nothing!...i wish i lived closer!!

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I went and had the Deep Tissue Massage; I thought it was amazing. When I got there I was asked to fill out paperwork because it was my first time. I then was lead to the back by one of the people behind the desk. He explained where I would find my robe and slippers and showed me the waiting area. Jeleua(who was great by the way), gave me my massage. It was the best massage I have ever had, and I've had many. Afterwards I was led to the lounge. I don't have as many complaints as most people, however, when I was in the relaxation room after my massage, I could hear a yoga class being taught. The ladies room was stocked with anything I could think of wanting. On a scale from 1 to 10. I give it a 9. I'm so glad it's in my neighborhood. I'll definitely be back.

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★★★★☆

I went and had the Deep Tissue Massage; I thought it was amazing. When I got there I was asked to fill out paperwork because it was my first time. I then was lead to the back by one of the people behind the desk. He explained where I would find my robe and slippers and showed me the waiting area. Jeleua(who was great by the way), gave me my massage. It was the best massage I have ever had, and I've had many. Afterwards I was led to the lounge. I don't have as many complaints as most people, however, when I was in the relaxation room after my massage, I could hear a yoga class being taught. The ladies room was stocked with anything I could think of wanting. On a scale from 1 to 10. I give it a 9. I'm so glad it's in my neighborhood. I'll definitely be back.

Pros: The Spa and Service.

Cons: Being Able to Hear the Yoga Class while I was in the Spa.

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Terrible receptionist service (all three of them). They were clueless and unhelpful. Having arrived on time for my appointment, they did not inform the facialist, resulting in me waiting for half an hour. I asked why there was a delay, but they did not check nor did they follow up. At the end, they had the gall to ask for a gratuity. Very disappointing. I would not go back, nor recommend this to others.

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★★☆☆☆

Terrible receptionist service (all three of them). They were clueless and unhelpful. Having arrived on time for my appointment, they did not inform the facialist, resulting in me waiting for half an hour. I asked why there was a delay, but they did not check nor did they follow up. At the end, they had the gall to ask for a gratuity. Very disappointing. I would not go back, nor recommend this to others.

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I went for a basic facial and left with tons of scars and cuts all over my face from the extractions. I don't have sensitive skin and I never worry about my skin being irritated from products. I never thought someone could do this to my face. I've had tons of facials before and I never had this. Its been 4 days and I'm still waiting to see if these cuts will heal and reveal scars or broken capillaries. I'm not bitter or angry. I had no problems with the staff and I said nothing while I was there, but everytime I look in the mirror I'm reminded how bad my experience was.

As a side note: it lacks the "spa experience". They cater more to people attending the classes. The loune is makeshift and noisy and the water and tea that is provided is very poor. I'm not rich or spoiled. I like to treat myself reasonably every so often. Next time I choose to treat myself, I won't waste my money there.

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★★☆☆☆

I went for a basic facial and left with tons of scars and cuts all over my face from the extractions. I don't have sensitive skin and I never worry about my skin being irritated from products. I never thought someone could do this to my face. I've had tons of facials before and I never had this. Its been 4 days and I'm still waiting to see if these cuts will heal and reveal scars or broken capillaries. I'm not bitter or angry. I had no problems with the staff and I said nothing while I was there, but everytime I look in the mirror I'm reminded how bad my experience was.

As a side note: it lacks the "spa experience". They cater more to people attending the classes. The loune is makeshift and noisy and the water and tea that is provided is very poor. I'm not rich or spoiled. I like to treat myself reasonably every so often. Next time I choose to treat myself, I won't waste my money there.

Pros: Classes provided seem interesting

Cons: Spa is not really a "spa"

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This is not a spa that cares about customer satisfaction. In spite of being a regular, loyal customer, this spa does little to address the concerns and complaints of its patrons. If it weren't for the excellent yoga instructors (Jude Englins and Isaac Pena) I would never return to this spa, or spend another penny of my money at this place. If you are looking for a place that believes in and practices customer satisfaction, go elsewhere!

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★★☆☆☆

This is not a spa that cares about customer satisfaction. In spite of being a regular, loyal customer, this spa does little to address the concerns and complaints of its patrons. If it weren't for the excellent yoga instructors (Jude Englins and Isaac Pena) I would never return to this spa, or spend another penny of my money at this place. If you are looking for a place that believes in and practices customer satisfaction, go elsewhere!

Pros: yoga instructors

Cons: customer service, extremely poor management

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I signed up for a 6 am class in core fusion. On the phone, the employee was courteous and helpful and assured me that there was a class, told me who was teaching and assured me there was room in the class.
When I arrived at 6 am today the SPA WAS CLOSED! THE DOOR WAS LOCKED AND NO ONE WAS THERE.
When I called to complain I got little sympathy from the manager on duty. These people are not helpful, as other reviews have said. I would recommend you try a spa where someone is home.

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★☆☆☆☆

I signed up for a 6 am class in core fusion. On the phone, the employee was courteous and helpful and assured me that there was a class, told me who was teaching and assured me there was room in the class.
When I arrived at 6 am today the SPA WAS CLOSED! THE DOOR WAS LOCKED AND NO ONE WAS THERE.
When I called to complain I got little sympathy from the manager on duty. These people are not helpful, as other reviews have said. I would recommend you try a spa where someone is home.

Pros: None

Cons: No one home

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I heard about Red, an esthetician working in New York, from a friend of mine that lives in London. I am a fashion editor who travels frequently to New York. I have received facials in LA and honestly; I never received more painless extractions. My skin simply glowed after my facial and it was fine for my anniversary night on the town with my husband. I want to take her back to LA with me! She's worth the 2500 miles; I understand why "N" travels from London to see her!

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★★★★★

I heard about Red, an esthetician working in New York, from a friend of mine that lives in London. I am a fashion editor who travels frequently to New York. I have received facials in LA and honestly; I never received more painless extractions. My skin simply glowed after my facial and it was fine for my anniversary night on the town with my husband. I want to take her back to LA with me! She's worth the 2500 miles; I understand why "N" travels from London to see her!

Pros: Red

Cons: Traveling 3000 miles to see her!

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The staff was very nice and I did not have to wait, but the quality of the spa services was terrible.
There were hairs left from my leg and bikini waxing. My eyebrows looked fine, thank goodness. There was a little nail polish beyond my toenails. My face was extremely irritated from the facial.
I came for a regular facial and the facialist convinced me to get a longer and more expensive treatment. The peel was very uncomfortable and she used a product with an ingredient that I had told her I could not use. She said that it was not in there, but when we looked at the label together, in fact, it was. She may have had good intentions when she saw some pimples on my face that she wanted to get rid of, but my skin was damaged by the treatment.

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★★☆☆☆

The staff was very nice and I did not have to wait, but the quality of the spa services was terrible.
There were hairs left from my leg and bikini waxing. My eyebrows looked fine, thank goodness. There was a little nail polish beyond my toenails. My face was extremely irritated from the facial.
I came for a regular facial and the facialist convinced me to get a longer and more expensive treatment. The peel was very uncomfortable and she used a product with an ingredient that I had told her I could not use. She said that it was not in there, but when we looked at the label together, in fact, it was. She may have had good intentions when she saw some pimples on my face that she wanted to get rid of, but my skin was damaged by the treatment.

Pros: friendly staff, no waiting, nice showers

Cons: not careful, irritating facial , expensive

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During my appointment, the facialist kept trying to get me to add on to my basic facial. Even when I declined, she asked me several more times, telling me why I should pay extra and get these special services. Needless to say, this did not make for a relaxing experience. I can understand asking once, but when the client says no, they should drop it and move on.

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★★☆☆☆

During my appointment, the facialist kept trying to get me to add on to my basic facial. Even when I declined, she asked me several more times, telling me why I should pay extra and get these special services. Needless to say, this did not make for a relaxing experience. I can understand asking once, but when the client says no, they should drop it and move on.

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I dont understand all the other reviews, I loved this place. I took a Core Fusion class, which may have been one of the hardest workouts of my life, but it was my whole body in an hour. I didnt feel "wiped out" after either, which was great. The massage and facial were the best I've had in a long time. If you get a facial, make sure you add on the cool laser, my skin glowed for a week!

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★★★★★

I dont understand all the other reviews, I loved this place. I took a Core Fusion class, which may have been one of the hardest workouts of my life, but it was my whole body in an hour. I didnt feel "wiped out" after either, which was great. The massage and facial were the best I've had in a long time. If you get a facial, make sure you add on the cool laser, my skin glowed for a week!

Pros: facials, massages, exercise

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The spa atmosphere is distracting and unorganized at best but the worst of all is the attitude of the employees, in particular the manager of the spa. I received a facial that cost $175 after which I had a very strong allergic reaction. When I called to ask for help all I got was there was nothing we can do attitide. The manager was very unsympathetic and on the verge of rudeness. I get spa treatments about twice a month and this is the worst experience I have ever had.

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★☆☆☆☆

The spa atmosphere is distracting and unorganized at best but the worst of all is the attitude of the employees, in particular the manager of the spa. I received a facial that cost $175 after which I had a very strong allergic reaction. When I called to ask for help all I got was there was nothing we can do attitide. The manager was very unsympathetic and on the verge of rudeness. I get spa treatments about twice a month and this is the worst experience I have ever had.

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I received the back treatment w/ 50% off, but I thought it wasn't worth the price, not even w/ 50% off. It was overpriced! They hardly did anything for my back. I did go back for a Deep Tissue massage (also w/ a 50% off coupon). I asked for strong pressure & that is exactly what I got. The Deep Tissue was great, but I would not pay full-price for it. The facilities are really nice though. I would come back to try the Core Fusion sometime if I can somehow get 50% off of that as well.

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★★★☆☆

I received the back treatment w/ 50% off, but I thought it wasn't worth the price, not even w/ 50% off. It was overpriced! They hardly did anything for my back. I did go back for a Deep Tissue massage (also w/ a 50% off coupon). I asked for strong pressure & that is exactly what I got. The Deep Tissue was great, but I would not pay full-price for it. The facilities are really nice though. I would come back to try the Core Fusion sometime if I can somehow get 50% off of that as well.

Pros: clean facilities, non-pushy staff

Cons: overpriced

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I got a message & a facial yesterday, and overall it was average. my facial was great, very relaxing, an soothing, but when it came to my message, I had keep reminding the girl to ease up on her pressure....I wasnt too happy with the results, but it was ok....I didnt have a GREAT experience...and the money is not worth the service. I'ld only go back there for facials.

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★★★☆☆

I got a message & a facial yesterday, and overall it was average. my facial was great, very relaxing, an soothing, but when it came to my message, I had keep reminding the girl to ease up on her pressure....I wasnt too happy with the results, but it was ok....I didnt have a GREAT experience...and the money is not worth the service. I'ld only go back there for facials.

Pros: facials, environment

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This is more of a yoga studio than a spa. The entire time I was getting my below par massage I could hear the Core Fusion class going on outside. And if it wasn't the class I could hear the employees outside talking. Not relaxing at all. The massage itself was boring. It was a shiatsu and I left feeling like I had barely been massaged.

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★★☆☆☆

This is more of a yoga studio than a spa. The entire time I was getting my below par massage I could hear the Core Fusion class going on outside. And if it wasn't the class I could hear the employees outside talking. Not relaxing at all. The massage itself was boring. It was a shiatsu and I left feeling like I had barely been massaged.

Cons: , Crowded

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I went with a friend for their summer promo of 50% off,we both got a massage and facial.During my massage, I heard the toilet flush 6 times.My facial was HORRIBLE.I'm glad I didn't pay full price.

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★★★☆☆

I went with a friend for their summer promo of 50% off,we both got a massage and facial.During my massage, I heard the toilet flush 6 times.My facial was HORRIBLE.I'm glad I didn't pay full price.

Pros: very good tea, clean changing area

Cons: , bad facial, no soundproofing

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If a paralyzing dread of weight machines and treadmills keeps your sneakers in the closet, take a deep breath and head to Exhale. This Upper East Side spa and exercise sanctuary is a serene escape from the workaday world. Core…

 

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