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Holiday De-Stress

A little something for yourself.

The Office Escape at the GemVie MediSpa, 24 E. 36th [Mad/Park] 212.447.8494, consists of a facial, 30-minute massage, reflexology, and a paraffin hand treatment. $150/90 minutes. The image above is their outdoor patio.

Jin Shin Jyutsu: Hands-on Self-Help – a class on December 9th and 16th, 6-7:30pm, $70 at the NY Open Center, 22 E. 30th [5th/Mad] 212.219.2527. You'll learn about energy flow and how to remove blockages, like acupuncture minus the needles.

Acupuncture with needles? Check out Gabriel Sher, an acupuncturist and Chinese herbologist.

A drop of Sleep on your pillowcase, an aromatherapy formula from by Essence Of Vali, is much less stressful than counting sheep. Won't stain pillowcases. $18, available here.

A Hot Stone Massage is $149 for 60 minutes at Ohm Spa, 260 5th [28th/29th] 212.481.7892.

For more serious issues with anxiety, consider the day-long Mini Retreat: Yoga-Based Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety at the Integral Yoga Institute, 227 W. 13th [7th/8th] 212.929.0586, December 19th, 10-6, $200.

Even in her ballads, Canadian-born jazz singer Carol Welsman always makes us feel like it's a wonderful world. Her new, voice- and piano-only album, I Like Men – Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee, is no exception. Among its many choice cuts, a lovely version of The Folks Who Live on the Hill. $16.98 ($11 on iTunes)

OK, the Bliss Tenderfoot is basically a pair of socks and some cream for $68. But given the stress suffered by your pedal extremities and the support they provide (no small feat), they're perhaps worth some TLC.

Get a Guided Color Meditation from beauty expert Susan Ciminelli, designed to rid you of negative energy. $250

And for a free chillout, try StillStream radio, featuring all kinds of ambient music (soothing light ambient! Berlin-school electronic ambient! exotic world ambient!). It's in the Ambient section of iTunes. Works for us.

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