Date Night Ideas: Night at the Spa

You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to indulge in a relaxing couples massage or couples spa treatment. Instead, schedule your next date night at the spa. Bring your date to the spa for a fun and relaxing activity to enjoy before or after dinner!

Here are some date night ideas that are sure to be a delight for you and your sweetheart:

Popular Couples Spa Treatments include:

Couples Swedish Massage

Couples AromaScape Massage

Couples Shiatsu Massage

Spa Pedicure (Basic, Bamboo Scrub, Sakura)

Start your date night side by side with a relaxing couples massage in our serenely decorated treatment room. Whether it’s with the long flowing movements of the Swedish massage, soothing scents of the AromaScape massage, or the healing pressure of the Shiatsu massage, you’re both sure to relax and feel pampered together.


After your treatment, decompress in the Tranquility Lounge or head over to our NYC Nail Spa for a deluxe pedicure of your choosing. Sit side by side while sipping Japanese green tea or houjicha, and breathe easy knowing you’ve achieved date night glory!




What other tried and true date night activities have you discovered?







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INTER TV Channel from the Ukraine films at Shizuka NY!

Inter TV Ukraine

The Ukraine channel, INTER TV, visited SNY to film an interview and facial treatment with Shizuka. In the video you’ll see footage of The Geisha Facial® and another treatment from a salon in London.



Read the transcript (in Russian!) here>> Косметологи мира делают успехи в сохранении молодости








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Shizuka’s BeautyZen Corner: 5 Japanese-Inspired ways to Relax and Rejuvenate

Shizuka's BeautyZen Corner


We can all agree that relaxation reduces stress. Taken a step further, stress-reduction techniques can also aid in the reduction of certain skin ailments like acne, dry skin, and even fine lines and wrinkles. Everyone can use a little anti-aging R&R every now and then.

Read on for Japanese-inspired ways to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body.




1.     Drink tea: For centuries the Japanese Tea Ceremony has been regarded as a much cherished encounter between the host and guests to, for the time, forget all stress and simply enjoy a peaceful and tranquil tea time together.

The next time you drink a cup of tea, engage in mindfulness from preparation to sipping that last drop.  You’ll turn tea time into your own personal relaxing tea ritual.



2.    Light a candle: When lit, Japanese lanterns made of stone or paper, bring much significance to ceremonies and celebrations. A burning candle is placed in the center to illuminate and bring warmth to the lantern.

Enjoy instant warmth and ambiance by burning organic soy candles. They burn clean and smell extraordinary. For a spa effect, burn the candle for at least 30 minutes to fully warm the essential oils–then relax as the pure fragrance fills the room!



3.    Listen to water: The Japanese character for water (sui or mizu) represents the flowing nature of life.

If you ever need help relaxing, try listening to the sound of flowing water, from a fountain or at the beach. The calming sound will help any stressful thoughts “flow” away.



4.     Commune with nature: Many natural elements are revered in Japanese culture, such as koi (symbol of fortune and courage) and sakura blossoms (symbol of the ephemeral nature of life). Every year when sakura trees are in full bloom, many people gather to enjoy hanami, or picnicking under the trees.

Whether it’s observing fish gracefully swimming in a pond or sitting under a blossom-filled tree; immersing yourself in nature can be calming and reflective.



5.    Take a bath: In Japan there are many active volcanoes and because of this onsens, hot spring resorts or bathhouses, are very popular all year round. People journey to onsens to escape their hectic city lifestyles and relax and feel rejuvenated by the waters’ healing minerals.

The water in hot springs can reach 110 degrees F, so it’s an ideal place to sweat it out and detox. Aside from creating your own relaxing bath soak, you can also enjoy a good sweat by using a far infrared sauna.






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Heather Locklear’s strange “beauty regimen”


Can you guess what “beauty product” the 51-year-old actress, Heather Locklear, admittedly applies to her face?

Reportedly, when TMZ reporters asked her about her secret to her ever-flawless skin, she replied with: “You just put semen on your face.

Not sure if she’s joking, but this same article in The Stir mentions our Geisha “bird poop” facial as well!




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Shizuka New York on MTV’s Buckwild!

Shizuka New York on MTV’s Buckwild

Shizuka New York was featured in the episode “From the Mud to Manhattan” which aired April 14th, 2013 on the MTV reality show, Buckwild!


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Fox News Magazine featured Shizuka!

Shizuka gives tips to Fox News Magazine for Spring Cleaning For Your Skin!

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Shizuka’s Tips


Unveiling brighter skin from underneath  layers of dead cells and oil helps achieve a softer, more youthful complexion. Shizuka Bernstein, a New  York City-based aesthetician offers the following guide to eliminating dry, dead  skin from the harsh winter:

  • Cleanse your skin twice with your  cleanser and lukewarm water.
  • Apply a hot towel on your face and leave  it on for a while to open the pores and soften the skin. Repeat the same action  with another hot towel.
  • If you have a good enzyme based  exfoliator at home, use that. If not, mix lemon juice, honey and rosehip seed  powder. Apply the mix to your face and massage gently for three to five  minutes.
  • Rinse off it lukewarm water.
  • Moisturize your skin with your own  moisturizer and eye cream.

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Are Bangs the New Facelift?

Images courtesy of Getty Images and AP

(L-R) Diane Keaton, Michelle Obama, and Helen Mirren. (Getty (2); AP (1))













The First Lady Michelle Obama showed up for inaugural weekend sporting a new flirty hair style with bangs. The Daily Beast reported that Ms. Obama jokingly responded the bangs were a result of a ‘midlife crises’. Scrutinizing beauty experts were left wondering what other beauty-related lengths women will go to during a midlife crises.

But as far as these experts are concerned, bangs just scream beauty:

  • John Barrett, founder of the Bergdorf Goodman salon says, “If done correctly, [sporting bangs or deciding to add color] can shave years off of a woman’s appearance.”


  • Marshall Lin, a stylist at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon in SoHo, agrees, “Bangs can add a youthful, modern edge to a style.”


  • President Obama proclaimed them “the most significant event of [the inaugural] weekend.”




What are your thoughts? Do bangs enhance or hide a women’s beauty?


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2013 Oscar Beauty Buzz!















With The Oscars quickly approaching this Sunday Feb 24, 2013, celebrity beauty trends are all abuzz.


Check out this article from Reuters, “Bird droppings, bull testicles among pre-Oscar beauty treatments“, which mentions Shizuka New York’s The Geisha Facial ®! It also appears on, an online newspaper from Bangladesh, “Poop facial for Oscar beauty“!


For those who are needle-averse, bird poop could be the answer to brighter skin. Shizuka New York Day Spa in Manhattan offers a Geisha Facial, an hour-long treatment that involves applying nightingale bird droppings in powder form to the skin.

“There are so many drastic options to exfoliating the skin like chemical peels and microdermabrasion,” Bernstein told Reuters. “But if you want a more natural approach, this will give you great results as well. Dead skin is removed, skin tone is brighter and you’re left with a radiant look.”






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Anderson Cooper Samples The Geisha Facial®


Shizuka’s The Geisha Facial® was featured New Year’s Day on Anderson Cooper’s talk show: Anderson Live!

This facial was created by Shizuka to not only promote collagen production, but also brighten complexion and offer deep cleansing and moisturizing using only chemical-free ingredients. Nightingale droppings, a natural enzyme, have been used for centuries in Japan for flawless complexions. Please note, our ingredients are completely bacteria-free! You can sample the Geisha Facial by adding a “Geisha Exfoliation” to any Shizuka new york Day Spa facial for an additional $40. Call or email us for more information!




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Tatzu Nishi’s “Discovering Columbus” Exhibit

“Discovering Columbus”, Japanese conceptual artist, Tatzu Nishi’s 6-story art installation is still on view in Columbus Circle until December 2nd, 2012.

Viewers are invited into a fully furnished 6th floor walk-up apartment to interact with the statue in an unconventional, yet cozy way.  In the apartment you’ll find couches, TV, mini-library filled with classic American literature, and even wallpaper (designed by Nishi himself) with iconic images of Americana like Elvis, the Empire State Building, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse, and the Hot Dog. The apartment even has windows allowing visitors 6th floor views of Central Park South and Columbus Circle.

As if all is homage to Columbus and his ever-adventurous spirit.

Nishi’s drawing of the planned living room exhibit space.

The exhibit, sponsored by Public Art Fund, requires you obtain a timed ticket either online or from the information desk in the Time Warner Building across the street. This is to avoid the hassle of long lines so you can see (and commune with) the statue without much of a wait.

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting







The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center has been touted world-wide as a symbol of the holidays in New York City. The tradition of erecting a tree began on Christmas Eve in 1931 and has continued for over 80 years.

This year the tree lighting will be celebrated with special performances on Wednesday November 28th beginning at 7pm. The over 30,000 multi-colored, energy-efficient LED lights will light up the tree along with the Swarovski star that crowns the top.


Since we are located across from Rockefeller Center Plaza, streets will be blocked off on Wednesday November 28th and access into our building will be unavailable after 5pm. If you plan to come in that evening, please arrive by 4:45pm at the latest.Please be safe this holiday season and be sure to sneak a peek at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree when you come visit us!




Check our Holiday Spa Deals here! >>



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Shizuka on Access Hollywood this Friday!


Looking forward to the weekend? So are we!  Shizuka will be on the set of Access Hollywood Live in Rockefeller Plaza on October 26, 2012! She will be performing The Geisha Facial® on co-hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover in front of 10 Rockefeller (where The TODAY Show is filmed!) at 11:45 am. Check it out!


Also, just published in Access Hollywood’s Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday column: “Hollywood’s Bizarre Beauty Treatments!”, an article featuring Shizuka and The Geisha Facial®! >>





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Creative Nail Designs

Looking for some creative and fun nail design ideas this fall? We’ve compiled a few:



Starry Night – Craving a little star-studded sky? This look can be as romantic or as galactic-glam as you like!







Adorably Dotty – Kate Spade’s Fall 2012 collection showcased polka dot nail art —  so fun and can be combined with a variety of colors!







Ombre, Ombre! – Ombre hair (color fading from dark to light) is still on trend and the look has translated into nail art as well. Celebrities like Rihanna rock the ombre effect (also called Gradation Manicure), and it looks stunning!


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SNY on The Marie Osmond Show!

Tune in to the Hallmark Channel, tomorrow 10/16/12 at 12noon, to catch Marie Osmond’s new talk show!

On this debut episode, Shizuka New York will be included in the “Extreme Beauty” segment!



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Yayoi Kusama’s Endless Dots

Yayoi Fever at Louis Vuitton on 57th Street and 5th Avenue


Yayoi Kusama, prominent Japanese contemporary artist, and Louis Vuitton are collaborating to bring fashion and art to new audiences in New York this summer. Kusama is best known for her dot patterns spanning mediums from film and sculpture to immersive installations. You can find Kusama’s designs in a limited edition collection across the entire Louis Vuitton brand from clothing to footwear and accessories.  In turn, Louis Vuitton will be supporting a retrospective of Kusama’s most intense innovations at The Whitney Museum of American Art  through to September 30th, 2012.



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Tom Cruise and The Geisha Facial®

A recent article in the The Huffington Post names Tom Cruise a new fan of our Geisha “bird poop” facial.

Celebrities keep some weird beauty secrets… but one of the oddest tricks we’ve heard of is the Geisha Facial® — which is made from actual bird poop.  Made popular by Victoria Beckham, the bird poop facial now has a new fan — Tom Cruise.”


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Recent Press for Geisha “Bird Poop” Facial

We’re gearing up for Spa Steals week at SHIZUKA NY, April 16th – 22nd, 2012!  Check out our most recent press featuring Shizuka and our popular Geisha “bird poop” Facial with Ben Aaron of LXTV NBC!


Also, check out a new segment featuring Shizuka on VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live airing Tuesday April 17th, 2012 at 10am!


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All Hail the Queen!

In her new movie Mirror Mirror, based on Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White” fairy tale, actress Julia Roberts plays the all- organic-beauty-regimen-obsessed evil Queen. To keep herself young and “the fairest of them all” the Queen partakes of nature’s finest:  snails, scorpion and bee stings (lip plumper), slimy worm moisturizer, and bird poop facials!


While we’ve never used worms, snails (or any other insects!) as part of a beauty regimen, we do applaud the use of bird poop for softer brighter skin!

SHIZUKA NY is the creator of the ever-popular                Geisha “bird poop” Facial. This facial uses traditional and natural Japanese ingredients, including uguisu no fun (powdered nightingale droppings), to soften, brighten and nourish the facial complexion. Uguisu no fun is perfectly safe as it’s sanitized through exposure to ultraviolet light before being milled to a fine powder.






Wondering what all the royal hype is about? Request a Geisha Facial® appointment now by calling (212) 644-7400

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How to get Celebrity (flawless) Skin

Rooney Mara at the 2012 Oscars

Ever wonder how celebrities get their skin to glow on the red carpet?  Though you may not be a celebrity (yet)’s article, “Celebrity Skincare: What Makes Celebs’ Skin Look So Good”, shares some tips that every woman can use to achieve that “flawless glow”.


“I insist on exfoliation, even if you have dry skin,” says  Susan Evans, M.D., a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist,  “You have to remove old layers first before products can really penetrate.”


“Microdermabrasion treatments, which polish the face with tiny crystals, are a celeb favorite. They slough away dulling skin cells and create a ready and willing surface for anti-aging creams and serums.”


Too pricey? “Just use something with exfoliating beads,” says Dr. Evans, and massage it lightly into your skin.”




Check out Shizuka Bernstein’s appearance on Good Morning America with Dr. Evans >>

Shop online for Naturopathica’s Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub >>

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Halloween Week Spa Specials

Hey Shizuka NY Insiders!

With Halloween right around the corner, you’ll scream at these Halloween Week Specials, good October 24th – 31st, 2011. Appointments are going fast, so reserve your spa TREATment now by requesting an appointment online, or calling (212) 644-7400.

Geisha Facial®, $90 (Reg $180) Save 50%!

Halloween beauty never looked so good! Save a whopping 50% on this exclusive facial, seen on TV broadcasts and magazines internationally for harnessing the unique Japanese geisha tradition of cleansing the skin with nightingale droppings. This 50 min. facial also includes cleansing and light pore extraction using products from the all-natural Shizuka New York Skin Care System, a camellia oil facial massage and a green tea Collagen Mask.

Gel Nail Manicure – solid color, $38 (Reg $50)

Show off your Halloween spirit with our solid color Presto LED gel nails. Better yet, bring in a sample of your costume and let us create a custom color just for you. Mix things up a bit with festive stamps, hand drawing and glitter for an additional $10 and up.

50 min. Shiatsu or Swedish Massage , $80 (Reg $105)

Almost as sweet as a bagful of candy, our Shiatsu and Swedish massages will leave you feeling rejuvenated minus the empty calories! Treat your body and spirit to a 50 min. massage by one of our highly skilled massage therapists.

Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel , 1.7 Fl oz/50mL – $56

If you don’t feel like carving pumpkins this year but still want to indulge your festive side, try Naturopathica’s best selling Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel. By utilizing pumpkins’ powerful carotenoid antioxidant qualities, this refining peel is formulated to slough away dead skin cells for a clean, clear and radiant complexion. For an additional $30, sample it by asking your esthetician to add it to your favorite facial (already included in some). Or, simply take some home for yourself and let your skin glow like a jack-o-lantern all year round!

Spa deals are available October 24th – 31st, 2011. Schedule your appointment now by using our online request form or call (212) 644-7400.

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!


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