While needles near the face may bring to mind botox, fillers, and other injectables, there is another all-natural option with a millennias-old history: acupuncture. According to Gabriel Sher, the director of acupuncture at the newly opened Ora boutique clinic in New York City, the ancient Chinese wellness treatment can help improve skin concerns while also addressing other aspects of your inner and outer health.
Through balancing one’s chi, or energy force, by inserting thin needles into acupuncture points in the body, there is also an increase of blood flow to the specific areas being treated. Sher says this can help stimulate collagen production and work to balance hormones that can cause skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, or acne. “You’re treating the whole body, every aspect of your being, so you’re not just treating one condition you’re treating the overall concept of the person, Sher tells CR. “It’s a very serious medicine that can do great things to the body.” Basically, anyone can find a reason to get acupuncture, whether its for cosmetic, medical, or mental and emotional reasons.
At Ora, this holistic point of view and focus on balance is at the center of the treatments and space itself. The NoHo clinic was founded by Kimberly Ross, who’s personal experiences with acupuncture led her to open Ora. Ross found success in treating her type 1 diabetes symptoms with acupuncture, but when she went to Harvard for business school and stopped going to acupuncture, her symptoms returned. It was out of this process that Ross met Sher, who is her also her personal acupuncturist, and thought of opening her own acupuncture center.
“We really focus on not just acupuncture as a service, but acupuncture as a true experience,” she tells CR. “It will feel very much luxurious and relaxing as a spa would, but really focusing on the treatment and making it super high quality and really focused and tailored in that. It’s a marriage of the two worlds.”
Visitors can choose a 30-minute Express or 50-minute Essential treatment, during which they can address a number of areas with their acupuncturist, from skin concerns, pain, and other physical ailments to mental and emotional health matters like stress, anxiety, and depression. Cupping and gua sha services are available as add-ons.
Ora’s chic space, designed by Rockwell Group, has all the finishings of a luxe day spa, with marble surfaces, modern finishes, a tea and tonic bar, and six customizable treatment rooms. During their appointment, visitors can dim the lights, choose the music, charge their phone, wear a jade eye mask, sit back, and fully relax into the heated treatment tables. In the reception area, guests can enjoy the special blends of Chinese herbal teas and tonics that target issues like digestion, inflammation, and anxiety.
It was important to Ross to create an inviting area where anyone can come in and participate in a part of Ora, whether it’s someone off the street who’s looking for a warm drink and moment of peace or someone post-acupuncture who wants to grab a tea to-go. For Ross, this openness adds to the harmony of the overall visit, allowing for guests to ease into and out of the experience. It also makes the space feel accessible and laid-back.
“I call it efficient relaxation,” Ross says. “Because you really want people to experience acupuncture in a convenient way, where you could book online, you can come in before or after work, but you still feel like you spent the day at a spa in that hour.”
Ora is now open at 9 E. 4th St. New York, New York 10003.END
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