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Cornelia Spa at the Surrey
"Men love being pampered—they just don't want anyone to know," says Ellen Sackoff, whose ultra-indulgent spa offers private treatment rooms outfitted with armoires and washrooms and treats like freshly baked cookies and Cognac. For its signature massage, options include Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and sport strokes, or choose a combo. Book with specialist Robin Berger, whose knowledge of the body's musculoskeletal system will ensure your treatment goes beyond skin-deep.
$175 for 60 minutes
20 E. 76th St.; 646-358-3600; corneliaspaatthesurrey.com
This financial-district spa specializes in color therapy: Choose from three different LED-light programs (relax, detox, energize) that are designed to maximize the results of a therapeutic massage. Another perk: The masseuse will rub you down with an antiaging shea-butter balm infused with a scent that corresponds to your light program.
$140 for 75 minutes
750 Kearny St.; 415-399-9700; truspa.com
Ananya Spa Seattle (pictured, above)
Regulars can't get enough of the Lomi Lomi, a Hawaiian massage in which therapists use their forearms and hands to create long, rhythmic strokes, or "wavelike sensations over the body," says owner Julianne Becker, that are meant to balance the body's energy flow and relieve muscle tightness. Ask for top therapists Jessica Farrell and Andrew Zorich.
$100 for 60 minutes
2810 Elliott Ave.; 206-217-1744; ananyaspaseattle.com
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental
Scented candles and interior accents of copper, silk, and cedar make this a relaxation mecca for high-strung locals working on the Hill. The Oriental Essence Massage combines Swedish acupressure, light stretching, and targeted rubbing to loosen up the neck, back, and shoulders. The spa's signature aromatherapy oil with ginger, mandarin, and frankincense encourages deep breathing for an even greater state of calm.
$195 for 80 minutes ($215 on weekends)
1330 Maryland Ave. SW; 202-787-6100; mandarinoriental.com
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington D.C.
—Katie Chang is a writer and shopkeeper based in Brooklyn. Follow her @katieshewrote.