Difference of Beauty and Beauty Industry between Japan and USA
Shizuka had an interview by an esthetisian from Japan for Autumn 2016 issue of beauty and esthetic Japanese magazine creabeaux. Shizuka spoke about her experience over 21years in the beauty industry.
One of the biggest topic of this article was about the difference of beauty and beauty industry between Japan and USA. She also mentioned about how people’s definition of beauty changed from the past.
In the article, Shizuka Bernstein, owner and lead aesthetician of SHIZUKA new york Day Spa also spoke about what Hospitality (in Japanese term “Omotenashi”) means at the spa.
You can find many “Omotenashi” at SHIZUKA new york.
Signature Micro facial’s “Micro” comes from Micro manage which means to care detailed parts from head to toe.
Esthetisian and the writer of this article Megumi took one of our Spa Package “Renew-U Spa Package” and experienced our treatment from head to toe.
We’re glad to hear how much she enjoyed our treatments and felt the “omotenashi” through out the time at our spa.
You can read her experience at our spa from here
It’s your turn to experience our luxurious treatments and find out what “omotenashi” is all about!
Shizuka offers self skincare tips for fall on NY Japion
NY Japion, weekly paper in New York, features owner Shizuka Bernstein in their September 23rd, 2016 issue.
This article is a part of a series of “How to make a smooth bare skin” .
This is Shizuka’s second article for the series, and last time was about DIY skincare tips and how to do Anti Aging Facial at home.
First step for fall skin care is a deep cleansing to cleanse clogged pores caused by sunscreen use during the summer time.
In the article, Shizuka introduces DIY cleansing and moisturizing tips for this season.
Recommended products in the article:
Full article in Japanese from here
Actress Yoka Wao introduces Geisha Facial on Japanese TV!
SHIZUKA new york’s Geisha Facial was introduced on Japanese TV program “Sekaino Nihonjin Zuma Wa Mita!” !
This show features Japanese lady who got married with a foreign man and talks about the difference between cultures.
One of our customers, Actress Yoka Wao introduced the Geisha Facial on this show!
She is a former Top star of Takarazuka, Japanese all-female musical theater troupe.
SHIZUKA new york’s Facials are awarded as Best Facial in New York Magazine’s Best of New York 2 times!
For Geisha Facial, Shizuka mixes nightingale droppings with delicate Japanese rice bran to enhance its inherent exfoliating and facial lightening properties.
Her skin looks softer and brighter after the Geisha Facial!
Many celebrities visits our spa for monthly treatment.
Ancient and prized Geisha beauty secret is artfully revived through the Geisha Facial ®.
You can tell from how they look!
Geisha Facial included in 5 days of beauty experiments
Lucie Fink from “Try Living With Lucie” asks Refinery29‘s beauty editor, Maria Del Russo, for 5 bizarre beauty treatments to try.
Geisha Facial was included as one of the beauty treatment!
Check out the video of Lucie’s 5 Days of Beauty Experiments!
You can also find the behind the scene of Lucie’s Geisha Facial experience on Instagram @luciebfink !
Shizuka featured on Chasing News on the Fox Network
Shizuka was featured on the news segment “Chasing News” on the Fox Network this week! The segment is aired weeknights in NYC at 1AM on WNYW-Fox5 and 10PM on WWOR-My9, as well as 12AM on WTXF-Fox29 in Philly.
On the segment, news anchor Allison Gormly brought a small camera with her to film her experience with Shizuka and receiving The Geisha Facial®. She shares the roundup in the newsroom with her colleagues. You can view the segment here.
Could The Geisha Facial® be the new ‘good luck’ treatment for your skin? After Ms. Gormly thoroughly enjoyed the facial, she decided to have a little fun by testing the superstition that getting pooped on is good luck. See the results of Ms. Gormly’s ‘good luck’ facial and let us know what you think!
Shukan NY Seikatsu Newspaper publishes Valentine’s Day Special
This month, New York City’s Shukan NY Seikatsu Newspaper published an article about our Valentine’s Day Spa Special for 2! The article focuses on this year’s offerings which are these Shizuka new york Day Spa’s signature treatments for two: The Classic Facial, Sakura Pedicure, and any of our 50min. or 75min. massages (including AromaScape and Hot Stone!)
An ad for our spa deals was also published in the edition. This year’s Valentine’s Day Spa Deals for 2 end on Monday February 29th, so there’s still time to take advantage of these relaxing and romantic treatments at a discounted price.
Also, please note that each couples’ treatment includes a complimentary Godiva chocolate and champagne toast courtesy of Shizuka new york!
Top 10 Spas in NYC
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa is listed in The Culture Trip’s list, NYC’s Top 10 Spas: Find Your Urban Relaxation. We’re thrilled for the recognition and invite you to come in to experience our signature facials and body treatments as well as our nail salon, cosmetic services, and much much more!
Shizuka Day Spa
Shizuka Day Spa is all about the Japanese holistic way, offering massages, saunas, and facials to soothe the mind and invigorate the body as well as impeccable nail services for the fashion-forward. Perfect for couples, cliques, or much-needed solo time, Shizuka’s ‘Geisha Facial’ is a popular treatment that keeps customers loyal. A favorite among celebrities and high-profile figures, this unique facial is made of Nightingale droppings, which is a Japanese tradition to enhance and beautify the skin.
Shizuka Day Spa, 7 West 51st Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 644 7400
Cultural Differences in Pubic Hair Removal
In a recent article by a Japanese publication WithNews, titled “The Hair Removal Situation in USA: Is it for “Unexpected Happenings” as well as for for Men & the Elderly?, the author describes the differences among Japanese and American people’s tendencies to care for their pubic hair region. The author concludes that the outcome is largely due to overall cultural differences in hair care and grooming.
The article explains that Japanese people tend to not care as much for pubic hair care maintenance as American people. In American drugstores you are more likely to see hair care products and tools such as razors or hair removal creams more than you would in Japan.
Shizuka Bernstein, owner and lead aesthetician of Shizuka new york Day Spa in Manhattan was quoted in the article saying that Americans are culturally more likely to be aware of each others’ body hair just as a cultural consequence of greater everyday physical contact. In this way, it would make more sense that Americans would be more conscious and aware of pubic hair care as well.
“Compared with Japanese people, Many American people have thicker body hair by nature because of the difference of constitution. So the hair removal service is already so commonplace that taking it a step further to cover pubic hair grooming is not a big deal and seems natural.”
The author concludes that there are cultural differences in pubic hair removal. American people tend to be more open-minded when it comes to sex and so it would make sense they would go to greater lengths to care for pubic hair over Japanese people.
World-renowned Facial at Shizuka New York
News of The Geisha Facial continues to spread the world over. Shizuka’s The Geisha Facial made it on The Times of India’s top 5 of the world’s most bizarre beauty trends; a list that also includes a vampire facelift and snake massage!
Bird Poop Facial – The very thought of it is disgusting but bird poop facials have taken Japan by a storm. Also called Shizuka’s Geisha Facial, the facials use traditional Japanese ingredients to soften the skin and the secret ingredient is none other than faeces of Japanese Nightingale bird.
Shizuka Bernstein, the creator of The Geisha Facial and owner and lead esthetician at Shizuka New York Day Spa, created the facial eight years ago after learning about the natural beautifying properties of nightingale droppings from her mother. While the world-renowned facial at Shizuka New York continues to delight people throughout the world, delighted clients at the spa continue to benefit from this celebrity facial.
Scents of a Geisha: A Natural Way to Heal the Skin
One aspect of the facial that gets newcomers both squirmy and anxious is the smell. Because we all know poop, well, smells. However, because all bacteria has been removed from the bird droppings, what we are left with is its essential enzymes and guanine components which carry a slight ‘earthy’ scent.
Upon creating the facial seven years ago, Shizuka Bernstein, master aesthetician and creator of The Geisha Facial® decided to mix the sterilized bird droppings with rice bran powder to both sweeten its natural scent as well as add additional exfoliating and brightening properties to the facial. Some say the mixture smells like toasted rice or peanut butter. Medical Daily reporter, Susan Scutti, says it smells like ‘honeysuckle’.
Shizuka wanted the facial to be both results-oriented as well as provide a pleasant experience for the customer to unwind and relax knowing their skin is in good hands.
Imagine the scent of honeysuckle complemented with the gentle aroma of camellia flowers, green tea, and lavender oil all derived from the Shizuka NY Skincare System products used throughout the facial. Shizuka created The Geisha Facial® as a natural way to heal the skin while ensuring you feel relaxed and pampered throughout.
As Ms. Scutti remarked in the video, “the smells are part of the peaceful feeling”.
CBS News reveals The Geisha Facial as an Effective Beauty Treatment
An interview with Shizuka Bernstein and one of our clients aired on September 8th, 2015 on a CBS news segment titled: Ugly Beauty.
Sometimes the best ingredients in beauty treatments are sourced directly from mother nature, with results that are much prettier than the ingredients themselves. Natural beauty treatments that use all-natural ingredients like sterilized bird droppings bring added benefits to your skin that synthetic products may not be able to deliver. For example, the naturally occurring enzymes in guanine (main ingredient in bird droppings) retexturizes skin to impart a pearly luster.
Here’s a portion of the transcript from the CBS News segment:
Manhattan spa owner Shizuka Bernstein created a facial using nightingale droppings.
“I really do swear by it,” she said.
Client Amanda Hoffman said the bird poop, which was allegedly first used hundreds of years ago to cleanse the skin of Geisha, has made a world of difference in her skin.
The droppings are UV sterilized which produces a powder form of the ingredient mixed with rice bran to help with the smell. Clients said the results are immediate.
“So you must wonder, ‘ok, what will it do for the skin?’” she said.
Experts say longevity is key when seeking out ugly beauty products.
“Fads will come and go, but if it’s been out there for six to eight months I think it’s pretty safe to try,” Dr. Kavita Mariwalla said.
The Geisha Facial® has been around for seven years, since 2008, so we’d say it’s more than a fad, it’s a tried and true beauty treatment!
Innovative Spa Treatments that Deliver Glowing Skin
The Geisha Facial® was highlighted in a recent article on TODAY.com about popular and innovative spa treatments that deliver glowing skin. Spa owner Shizuka Bernstein was quoted as an authority on beauty and wellness in the spa industry:
“Spas are a wonderful place to experience what’s on the leading edge in the beauty industry and to try out the same red carpet treatments celebrities receive for their flawless skin,” Shizuka Bernstein, Owner and Lead Aesthetician of Shizuka New York Day Spa, who created the Geisha Facial. “In this way celebrity beauty can be accessible for everyone.”
Only in spas can you experience new and exciting ways to achieve optimum skin while being pampered in a relaxing setting. Read more about The Geisha Facial® and other popular and innovative spa treatments that are not only on the leading edge on the beauty and wellness front, but also deliver in the pampering department as well.
Come and experience how a relaxing bird poop facial can also deliver glowing skin!
Affordable Celebrity Beauty Treatments
Here’s the scoop on the latest celebrity beauty scene from OK! Magazine and Hollywire press. Celebrity beauty is always a hot topic here at SNY because if there’s a new and better way to achieve flawless red carpet and silver screen skin perfection, we want to know! Celebrities show us what measures they are willing to take to look their best. Sometimes celebrities push the bar into unusual over-the-top treatments like placenta facials or caviar cream and others go back to nature for natural beauty secrets like using Demi Moore who uses leeches to detoxify her blood or Blake Livey who uses mayonnaise to retain hydration for her hair. Would you try any of these celebrity beauty secrets for yourself?
OK Magazine and Hollywire shared some of these popular and unusual beauty secrets from Hollywood’s most glamorous beauties. Some treatments are downright scary like vampire facials from Kim Kardashian and placenta face cream used by Katie Holmes and Eva Longoria. Some more expensive treatments include caviar face cream used by Angelina Jolie, and how about the $7K facial that Mila Kunis throws down for that uses daimonds and rubies to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Both OK! Magazine and Hollywire press lists Victoria Beckham and her use of The Geisha Facial to achieve her flawless glowing perfection. Of all the facial treatments mentioned, it’s the most affordable celebrity beauty treatment (aside from Snooki’s cat litter exfoliant–we don’t judge).
With The Geisha Facial you can receive a celebrity treatment without the celebrity price tag. Shizuka Bernstein, the creator of The Geisha Facial, prides herself and her highly trained estheticians to instill every facial experience with calming and authentic Japanese aesthetics. With SNY’s signature celebrity beauty treatment each client will feel like a celebrity before, during, and especially after their facial!
Best of Manhattan Day Spa 2015
Every year, the Manhattan Award Program selects local businesses in Manhattan for their marketing achievements to establish themselves as a valuable small business in their community. This year the Manhattan Award Program awarded Shizuka New York Day Spa with the Best of Manhattan Day Spa 2015 award.
We’re pleased to receive this annual award with a renewed commitment to continue our long-term value to our local and international customers.
We’re thrilled to share that Shizuka New York Day Spa was selected as a ‘Best of New York Spa’ by Insider’s Guide to Spas!
A panel of Expert Spa Judges at Insider’s Guide to Spas shone some spotlights on the best of New York City Spas. Scroll down to the “Most unusual treatment” category to find The Geisha Facial listed!
Geisha Facial at Shizuka NY Day Spa, 7 West 51st Street, 212-644-7400. An ancient Geisha beauty secret, this facial is often referred to as the “Bird Poop Facial.” It uses powdered nightingale droppings to help brighten and nourish complexions. SHIZUKANY.COM
Experience The Geisha Facial for yourself to see how this popular ‘unusual spa treatment’ utilizes all-natural ingredients for smoother and brighter skin!
Mark Farrell interviews Shizuka Bernstein about her work as a master aesthetician and a recent New York Magazine write-up of her as a skin care guru on his award winning entertainment, lifestyle and public affairs talk radio show, 101.9 RXP FM.
Listen to the interview:
Mark Farrell Interviews Skin Care Guru Shizuka Bernstein on Award Winning 101.9 RXP
Mark: You work very, very hard, and why not take care of yourself right?
Mark: Our listeners work very hard, and why not find out the best services that are out there in terms of skincare, massages, making yourself more beautiful and complete. This show is frequency on 101.9 RXP. I’m you host Mark Farrell. Shizuka Bernstein is my guest this morning. She is the owner of Shizuka New York Day Spa. Hello Shizuka.
Mark: Beautiful name you have.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: You told me right before we started this morning that it means something very special. Tranquil.
Mark: I can see that in your demeanor.
Shizuka: Oh yeah? Thank you.
Mark: You’ve had ten successful years in New York here.
Mark: Congratulations to you.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: Also something else just came out in New York Magazine.
Shizuka: The article about the one use salve is, it’s called Geisha facial.
Mark: Geisha facial, so that means all these gorgeous women come in with beautiful silk robes and kimonos.
Shizuka: Unfortunately not.
Mark: Oh no, okay. Maybe the next incarnation of that.
Mark: What does that really consist of, this facial? Geisha facial.
Shizuka: Well, the consists of Nightingale droppings. The birds.
Mark: The bird.
Mark: The bird droppings. Really?
Shizuka: Yes, it’s …
Mark: I think I’ve read about this. This was around hundreds of years ago?
Shizuka: Yes, in Japan. Kabuki actors, and Geisha’s they used to use this birds droppings to cleanse their skin. Then still now that they use a lot of white makeup. The Japanese. The other Asians too. They admire white skin, so they always want … Including me. They want to have a white porcelain skin, so that those actors and Geisha that they feature to put their white makeups. They used to contain the lead, and it was poisonous. It was very difficult to remove, and there was a really bad skin disease among them. Someone, or somehow they started to use Nightingale droppings to cleanse their skin.
Mark: Fascinating, so obviously you’ve perfected this.
Mark: I guess you can’t reveal the secrets.
Shizuka: That’s right.
Mark: It’s service now you’re providing.
Shizuka: Yes. We don’t, of course, we don’t use …
Mark: Of course.
Shizuka: … Nightingale droppings on our clients skin.
Mark: No, no, no now you use New York pigions.
Shizuka: They’re worse.
Mark: It’s cheaper, much more plentiful.
Shizuka: Yes. Those, it’s powder now. Sterilized by UV ray, and then it’s totally safe to use on the skin, and it’s powdered. Mixed with the rice bran. Which exfoliate the skin, to brighten the skin. I make it as a mask, or exfoliator, and it’s fairly popular at my salon now.
Mark: Now this is your specialty. You’re a master aesthetician.
Mark: This is what you basically you formed your business around.
Mark: This is your specialty.
Shizuka: Right. The facial used to be just a luxurious thing for them.
Shizuka: Relaxation, but now it’s … They can see the result right away, and if they want to have younger look all the time, that’s including men too. They want to take care of themselves, and the anti-aging is in their mind constantly now.
Mark: Everywhere you go it’s anti-aging this, anti-aging that.
Shizuka: Right, right. I mean we want to postpone the …
Mark: The inevitable.
Mark: Shizuka, you’re typical facial, what does that actually do? It’s cleaning your pores, it’s rejuvenating your skin.
Shizuka: Yes, cleansing the skin, exfoliate the dead skin cells. That’s very important.
Mark: That’s what, removing a layer of dead skin?
Shizuka: Right. Extraction, which is cleansing, deep pore cleansing, and then the massage. The facial massage we usually use the manual, you know hands. By hands, our hands, or sometimes … Many times now we use some ionization, or micro current to stimulate facial muscles.
Shizuka: Then we finish with hydrating mask.
Mark: Because you face is very thirsty.
Mark: I know mine always is. Now what about for guys? Because this is becoming more popular for men. Talk about all the benefits, and what they can expect, and why you should get a facial.
Shizuka: Of course that they are seeking anti-aging too, and they want to skin to look nice. It also that their daily regimen …
Mark: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Shizuka: It’s called, the regimen many men don’t know how to take care of their skin. I’m surprised when I see their skin. It’s first time …
Mark: Coming in to your service sure.
Shizuka: … Coming in, yes. It’s very nice they start to be aware of that. The how to take care of their skin.
Mark: I would imagine men and women have different reason why their skin reacts or doesn’t react to certain circumstances, but men obviously shave on a daily, or semi-daily basis. Now you’re probably going to kick me right underneath this table right here when I tell you this, but when I shave I use soap in the shower. I don’t use shaving cream, and somebody told me once that’s a real big no-no.
Mark: Why is this?
Shizuka: That person was right. Well, soap is too harsh.
Mark: Too harsh.
Shizuka: Too harsh. It’s too alcoholine for your skin. Maybe it’s good to wash your body. You know like the underarms and …
Mark: Sure okay.
Shizuka: For you skin …
Mark: For your face.
Shizuka: Face, it’s too harsh. Especially just like you can use little bit, and then wash the t-zone if someone is really oily. In someone who has an oily skin. For the shaving it’s the soap stays there longer than you wash your face.
Mark: Interesting. Now explain the science behind it. How does it stay there for rinsing and washing your face?
Shizuka: Well, you are … I don’t shave, so I don’t know how to …
Mark: You don’t?
Shizuka: Watching my husband, and it seems like they shave … Like the shave same area over and over.
Shizuka: Which irritates the skin already, and then the soap stays there even … You don’t rinse it every time you stroke.
Mark: Sure, sure. It gets absorbed by the pores.
Shizuka: Right, right.
Mark: That’s why people should use shaving cream.
Shizuka: There’s some regular shaving cream is fine. With no problem with that, but if someone has extremely sensitive skin, you can choose. Some skin care manufactures, they have the shaving foam for men, and of course. There’s some women use for their legs and things like that, but for face. Which contains some moisturizer, or the silicone based one it doesn’t … Those silicone based one doesn’t make lather.
Shizuka: Usually, so some men don’t like it.
Mark: I see.
Shizuka: Some men want to see it.
Mark: It’s better for you skin.
Mark: Now if you have the proper shaving cream. What do you do afterwards? Because usually after you shave your skin feels really, really dry.
Shizuka: Yes, you need to moisturize your skin. Then you need to find the moisturizer suited to your skin type.
Mark: If you have oily skin you want a dryer lotion.
Shizuka: Right. Not contain oil. Many men they say that, oh their skin is so oily. They don’t need to put anything. That’s wrong. They need to … The skin needs to be …
Shizuka: Hydrated, and they don’t need oil but hydration is different matter, different things. The skin needs to be protected by environment.
Mark: How much does your diet relay to how oily your skin is?
Shizuka: Most dermatologist are saying that diet is …
Mark: Everything. I noticed certainly, I was on diet once just for some more of cleansing type of thing. Then I realized in a couple days I was well aware that my skin was much less oily, mush more clear, et cetera. It’s amazing in a few days.
Shizuka: Right, right yes. Then also alcohol and cigarette …
Mark: You had to bring up alcohol huh?
Mark: Does alcohol dry out your skin?
Mark: I guess it dehydrates your body.
Shizuka: Usually, alcohol does makes more broken capillaries. Not the dryness or oiliness. The cigarettes makes the skin makes really older.
Mark: Sure, sure, yeah.
Shizuka: Than the actual
Mark: What about the … You were just talking about moisturizers and stuff like that for men and women. You should possibly look for something with some sun protection in it. SPF.
Mark: Because even in the middle of winter you can still get …
Shizuka: It’s difficult for men to apply sun protection everyday, but it’s better to do that. It’s easy. There is one that sun protection moisturizer sun protection in it. You don’t need to apply two layers.
Mark: Because you feel weird walking around with a bottle of … What’s it called? Panama Jack, or whatever that suntan lotion is. Now of course another very popular things that’s been going on for, oh jeez I don’t know, maybe seven years now. Is the Brazilian wax.
Mark: I read somewhere that he Brazilian didn’t actually begin in Brazil. It began on Park Avenue.
Mark: Is that true?
Shizuka: It is true. The founder of that salon, they are from Brazil.
Mark: It started here in New York City.
Shizuka: Like the pizza right.
Mark: Like a pizza, I like your analogy there. Of course that’s very popular.
Mark: Yeah, yeah. For men of course, men are getting everything waxed nowadays. Their backs, their arms, eyebrows. Is that good for the skin?
Mark: No. I like your answer, very succint no.
Shizuka: You need to of course, you need to find the good wax not to irritate your skin. Then after the treatment it’s very important you know again apply soothing cream, or moisturizer, or aloe vera gel just to protect you skin from those harsh procedure. Then I recommend the permanent solution.
Mark: What does that do?
Shizuka: The laser hair removal, IPL hair removal. Those are common hair reduction, it’s called. Not the permanent hair removal. Electrolysis is the only one. The needle one.
Mark: Shizuka, why would somebody choose to have the hair reduction versus the hair removal?
Shizuka: On many people it becomes permanent hair removal, but because of the nature of the laser and IPL, what they can do, it’s limited. Electrolysis we can do on anybody, everybody. Skin color, hair color.
Mark: Are there any side effects?
Mark: Hair grows back?
Shizuka: Well, side effect there are laser and IPL, we need know the skin type very well. We can …
Mark: How do you determine someone’s skin type? Under magnification?
Shizuka: Yes, and also that we have a questionnaires, and we try to understand the region that you are the skin type. You know, you’re mother father.
Mark: Yeah. Now you’re five feet away from me. Can you tell what type of skin I have?
Shizuka: You are the type two. The skin type two.
Mark: Type two, and what is type two. Hopefully a good type.
Shizuka: Well, it’s just this is from one to the it’s called the Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick that he made …
Mark: The scale.
Shizuka: Yes, and then we use his scale when we treat our clients. Skin type one is like a northern European, Scandinavian,
Mark: Oh, I see the actually pigmentation of the skin.
Shizuka: Right, blondes and blue eyes.
Mark: Okay, so number two is?
Shizuka: It’s like a Caucasian, the light skin, the fair skin, but the darker hair.
Shizuka: Features yes. It’s little mixed. Then as you go down, the skin becomes darker and darker.
Mark: You would be a number two as well?
Shizuka: No, I would say like between three and four.
Mark: I want to be three or four.
Shizuka: My origin I think it’s actually four.
Mark: You’re lucky. I think you’re a ten. Because you’re beautiful. You’re easy on the eyes as well.
Shizuka: Thank you. No, I think that everybody, again the Japanese people or Asians, want to have one. It’s the opposite always.
Mark: Yeah, it’s interesting right?
Mark: Of course your spa offers massages and all kinds of different services. Now what do people look for? How do you choose a spa that had good massages? How do you know how spa’s differ? How do you choose the right spa? Besides looking through New York Magazine.
Shizuka: I think they have to know what they’re looking for. What they are seeking for.
Mark: Sure, so if you’re looking for a certain type of massage?
Mark: Swedish, sports, hot stones.
Shizuka: Right, and also the atmosphere too. They want to … They want between the massage and therapist and the client, of course there is chemistry.
Mark: Oh sure.
Shizuka: The best massage therapist cannot please everybody. The communication is very important.
Mark: Yeah, I’ve experienced that. Because I’ve actually … I tell people usually on the rare times I get a massage, I like a very deep tissue massage. I say, don’t worry you’re not going to break me. Give me a real deep soothing massage. Then I’d say maybe three times I was like wow this is killing me.
Shizuka: It’s too much.
Mark: I was too afraid, too intimidated to say, okay you know back it down a notch.
Shizuka: Right, yes. It’s communication
Mark: I was actually sore the next day.
Shizuka: It happens. That happens. We try to understand, it’s a skin care part too. We try to understand what client is looking for, and what their goal is. Goal has to be the same. If the clients expectation is too high, and we cannot do, we cannot reach that high level from one treatment. She or he is going to be disappointed.
Mark: Hmm, and you don’t want that.
Mark: No. You don’t want somebody walking out of spa being disappointed right?
Mark: Shizuka Bernstein is my guest. She the owner of Shizuka New York Day Spa, that’s located on 7 West 51st Street in New York City. My names Mark Ferrell. The program is Frequency on 101.9 RXP.
Yeah, you have all these different services, you know all these different spa’s, you know New York, New Jersey, Connecticut wherever you go in the world.
Mark: Everyone, you have to cater to everybody.
Shizuka: It so many now.
Mark: Especially casinos. They have them like all kinds of packages. How do you choose a massage I mean? How do you know whether you’d like a Swedish one, a deep tissue massage, you name it? Hot stone therapy?
Shizuka: Hot stones therapy is very popular.
Mark: Geisha girls walking on your back, I mean all these choices.
Shizuka: No, we don’t do that.
Mark: That’s next year. You need to introduce that.
Shizuka: Well, the Swedish massage that you need to … Client wants to have a gentle stroke, not too harsh on your back, or legs. That is good. Usually the massage therapist they use either oil or the massage cream, so it’s a very nice relaxing massage. If you have a back pain, you may want to have a deep tissue. It depends. Like someone that has a back pain, and they don’t want to … Just to relax the muscle, maybe Swedish is better. It depends on what you need. Hot stone massage is
Mark: Sounds painful.
Shizuka: No, no. It’s very warm, and then it’s beneficial because it’s warm stone, it’s relaxing the muscle right before the massage therapist work on that area.
Mark: The warm stones get placed on that area.
Mark: They remain there for a few minutes, and then they get removed, and then a massage therapist actually works on that particular region.
Shizuka: It’s very …
Mark: What would be the difference between a hot towel verses a warm stone?
Shizuka: Well, the hot towel’s very good too. It’s because of the nature, in it has water, so it evaporates or like …
Mark: Ah, much quicker.
Shizuka: … Quicker. Not evaporates the temperature. The temperature …
Shizuka: … Dissipates very very quickly, and especially as soon as you take the hot towel from your skin. That … The moisture evaporates and it takes your temperature out from there too.
Shizuka: Hot stone is already really, really hot. It’s confined, so it stays that warm there for a long time.
Mark: Now does this date back? I know massage dates back to, jeez, hundreds of years ago, correct?
Shizuka: It think so.
Mark: Yeah, I mean through the Roman era and I’m sure in Japan.
Shizuka: In Japan Shiatsu.
Mark: Yeah, hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Is this a very older form as well?
Shizuka: Yes. Yes, it’s popular massage in Japan. It’s called Shiatsu. It’s more pressure point. It’s not relaxing massage.
Mark: Now what is aroma therapy?
Shizuka: Aroma therapy is using aroma, essential oil to each for the skin or for body, the essential oil has an own ingredient. Certain scents for certain body parts. It’s relax the muscles, it relax the mind, hydrate the skin, or dry the skin things like that.
Mark: Interesting, so why would somebody go to a spa to get this done? Can they do this at home?
Mark: Oh, you can.
Shizuka: Mm-hmm (affirmative), yes, but it’s … Aroma therapy is the massage therapist has to learn, or a skin care specialist has to learn the what kind of essential oil works for certain skin …
Mark: Body part.
Shizuka: Certain skin and certain body parts.
Mark: Skin type.
Shizuka: Of course you can learn, but it’s many people it’s just that they want to go to the spa and then just get it done.
Mark: Of course, is that very popular, aroma therapy?
Shizuka: Yes, I mean they want, very popular, and just relaxing.
Mark: I love the overall scents when you go get a massage. I mean when you walk into a spa it smells so heavenly.
Mark: What does your place smell like. I’m sure that’s part of the whole allure of the spa
Shizuka: As soon as you … We are located on the sixth floor, and as soon as you …
Mark: The elevator door opens.
Shizuka: The elevator door opens and then that’s
Mark: Scent comes wafting right in.
Shizuka: Yes, yes.
Mark: You feel like you’re transfixed, elevator or transformed into another place.
Shizuka: Into another place, yes. Especially our place is in the middle, in the middle midtown, and very, very busy area. As soon as clients come in, they already they feel relaxed.
Mark: In the middle of an oasis.
Mark: Are there any new trends out in the spa world in terms of healthcare treatment et cetera.
Shizuka: Yes, the photofacial is very, very popular at our place.
Shizuka: It’s intense pulsed light, we call it IPL, and it stimulates the skin. It’s similar to laser treatment, but it’s not a invasive. It’s a very very invasive treatment, and it’s much less, almost none downtime to client, so we like that. Everybody likes that. Then I think you will get the immediate result.
Mark: Does Shizuka New York, you spa, offer any green or organic treatments? Because of course it’s very in vogue. I read that a lot of spas across the world are using treatments, ointments, et cetera that are much more pant based.
Shizuka: Yes. Actually myself is very, very environmental conscious.
Mark: Ah, congratulations.
Shizuka: Thank you. Of course product that we use botanical based product, hypoallergenic, and then like my skin scare product package I didn’t want to use extra paper into the insert.
Mark: Wasteful packaging.
Shizuka: Right, so when you open the package those directions and the warning on the
Mark: Are printed right on the box. That’s great.
Mark: Does the product work?
Mark: Who cares if it works, you’re saving on packaging.
Shizuka: Well it does. It does, and then the services as well. There some like very green that we have. We don’t have a green … It’s called green pedicure, but we have the … We use the organic ingredients, and actually edible, but it doesn’t … It’ drain, like we concerned about the drain too.
Mark: Sure, sure.
Shizuka: It’s very clean, those type of the things that we offer.
Mark: Now in a perfect world Shizuka. How often should ladies men get massages and/or facials and body treatments?
Shizuka: Well the messages it depends on the again how …
Mark: How active you are.
Shizuka: Again like your needs.
Mark: If you’re an athlete.
Shizuka: Right. It’s some people et every week, but there’s some people don’t need every week, just the once a month or once in awhile. They don’t feel that they have back pain or shoulder pain, and then just the relaxation wise. As you want, right. Then a facial the women I recommend five, six weeks.
Mark: Five, six weeks.
Shizuka: Every month is the ideal, but if you’re too busy every two months is good. Every week or every two weeks, unless the women need to achieve some special result. Unless that, it’s too much facial is not good for you either.
Shizuka: Then for men I want my male clients to get every quarter.
Mark: Mm-hmm (affirmative) every three months.
Shizuka: Every season changes. Because the season changes of course the air is different, the temperature is different, your skin reacts differently. Then they need …
Mark: It acclimates or it doesn’t acclimate.
Shizuka: Right, and if they need a really good poor cleansing.
Mark: Don’t use soap when you shave.
Mark: That’s the one thing I learned today, and I will try to change that habit, and so should you if you’re out there using soap and shaving. Shave in the shower is actually very good because it opens your pores.
Shizuka: Very good yes.
Mark: You get a very deep and clean shave.
Shizuka: Yes, and the end … Many men use toner to close their pores, but would like you to use cold water.
Mark: Cold water?
Shizuka: To finish you’re …
Mark: Shave process.
Shizuka: Shave or you know wash your face. Then can I say one more thing?
Mark: Absolutely Shizuka. It’s you radio show.
Shizuka: Oh thank you. Well one thing I have, you know being an aesthetician …
Mark: A master aesthetician.
Shizuka: Thank you. I have noticed men don’t wash their face at night, unless they take a shower. They should. The morning they take a shower, so the face clean.
Mark: Sure, but I rinse my face off throughout the day.
Shizuka: Okay, that’s good.
Mark: Go in the bathroom wash your hands, put some cold water on your face.
Shizuka: That’s very good, yes.
Mark: You know in New York City you get that funk on you.
Shizuka: Right, yes. The end of the day the me don’t use the makeup so they think they don’t need to use … They don’t need to cleanse their skin, but again the New York has a lot of pollution, and then just the oil from your own skin. You need to cleanse your skin before you go to sleep.
Shizuka: That is really important.
Mark: You heard it here from Dr. Shizuka. Shizuka Bernstein, owner of Shizuka New York, they’re located on 7 West 51st Street. The phone number is 212-644-7400, and you’re online at ShizukaNY.com. That’s S-H-I-Z-U-K-A-N-Y.com. Again beautiful name
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: Thank you so much for the insight on, you know what to do and how to do it.
Shizuka: Thank you so much.
Mark: There’s a lot of great services and companies out there. Wherever people go. On vacation, and in their daily life, and they need to care of number one. Your body.
Mark: Even if it’s just a … That’s actually a great thing to do for other people for gift ideas.
Mark: I’ve determined that’s a great thing to do for women, a little spa treatment here and there, and it’s a great gift certificate to give. Next thing you know, it’s a great gift and you’re done. Of course you must get some good facials, because you just radiate.
Shizuka: Thank you.
Mark: A real pleasure Shizuka.
Shizuka: Thank you.
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A Spa Day with Shizuka awarded on the Style Network
The Style Network show ‘How do I look‘ hosted by Jeannie Mai and celebrity stylists awarded a spa day at Shizuka new york Day Spa to one lucky makeover contestant. The show lets the contestant’s two closest friends and relatives and a celebrity stylist design a custom makeover contributing to the ‘new look’.
In this How Do I Look episode Finola Hughes surprises Emily Blumenthal with a spa day makeover including treatments with Shizuka Bernstein, one of which is the luxuriously pampering Signature Micro Facial. The Signature Micro Facial featured in Allure Magazine is a complete deep cleansing facial that includes a hand and shoulder massage and reflexology foot treatment.
Schedule a spa day for yourself or with a friend by choosing a combination of your favorite treatments or choose from our pre-selected Spa Package menu.
Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa Named One of the City’s Best
New York News named Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa one of the best in the city! If you’re looking for the perfect father’s day gift, a Gift Certificate to Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa should do the trick. Our men’s spa has everything you need for grooming and polishing like nail treatments, waxing, facials, massages, and much more.
At the Men’s Spa, men can get the smooth, porcelain-like skin that facial promises, along with other treatments like anti-aging facials, toning facials, chest facials, back facials, botox, hair removal, hair rejuvenation, eyelash tinting, mani- and pedicures, and all manner of massages.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution Lists this Spa for an Unforgettable Gift for Mom
A spa service at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa made it into the Atlanta Journal Constitution last week.
In an article titled: Top 3 ways to make your Mother’s Day gift unforgettable, SNY’s The Geisha Facial was mentioned as the only spa service in the U.S. to make an unforgettable mother’s day gift.
Now, both of those services are offered by spas outside of the U.S. But if you want something a little closer to home, you can always get your mom the Bird Poop Facial from a spa in New York.
Now Mom can enjoy this unforgettable gift any time of year with a SNY Gift Certificate. Choose from a variety of designs and have it emailed directly to her inbox.
See other recent press about SHIZUKA new york Day Spa here.
Shizuka New York in American Spa Magazine
Shizuka New York Day Spa is mentioned in American Spa Magazine’s May 2015 issue!
The Geisha Facial® is still getting media buzz, almost as much as it did when Shizuka New York Day Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, introduced the facial to the beauty and spa industry in 2008.
According to owner and celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein, geishas relied on frequent facials using nightingale droppings to not only remove makeup but also to brighten and heal their skin. She attributes the ingredient’s natural enzymes and guanine to helping impart a pearly luster to the skin.
In the article, spa consultant Peter Anderson speaks to how the origin of The Geisha Facial stems from ancient Japanese culture and how “that predates a modern understanding of skincare”.
Many of these facials have their roots in culture and chemistry that predates a modern understanding of skincare.
The usage of nightingale droppings in The Geisha Facial isn’t the facial’s only element with ancient Japanese origins. A recent article on Vogue.com highlights an ancient Japanese skincare technique known as double-cleansing. The Geisha Facial (and all other SNY facials) incorporates double-cleansing using the all-natural products from the Shizuka New York Skincare System to thoroughly cleanse and refresh the skin before the nightingale droppings are applied. This technique maximizes the “Geisha Glow” effect following the facial.