New Age Comes of Age

Ayurveda and yoga retreats are very 2007. So what’s next? Those bored with dosha analysis and downward-facing dog are turning to unconventional means to find their spiritual center. Jean-Georges Vongerichten retains a “synergy specialist,” and Sylvie and Olivia Chantecaille opened a spa—next to the Manhattan Barneys’ shoe department—devoted to retrieving energy that’s sapped while you’re choosing between Choos. Now some of the poshest pampering centers are offering out-there therapies in the form of butterfly confessionals, ion footbaths, and Zen tarot card readings. Don’t worry, they provide more mainstream treatments as well, perfect for people who take vibrational tuning-fork therapy with a substantial grain of salt.

Exhale

Bridgehampton, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Santa Monica

212-249-3000; exhalespa.com

Guru

Robert MacDonald, director of healing

Fans

Investment bankers with jangled nerves

Out-There Treatment

Acumassage with tuning forks

Skeptics’ Pick

Gentleman’s facial that includes a scalp massage

Chopra Center & Spa

Carlsbad, CA; New York, NY

888-424-6772; chopra.com

Guru

Deepak Chopra, spiritual guide

Fans

Bill Clinton, Donna Karan, hungover Dream hotel guests in New York

Out-There Treatment

Gandharva Har-monizing facial with vibrating crystal singing bowls

Skeptics’ Pick

Abhyanga Synchronized treatment, a two-therapist massage that uses warm oils

Moss Spa & Yoga

Cold Spring Harbor, New York

631-470-8090; moss-spayoga.com

Guru

Melissa Tara, naturopath, yogi, and raw foodist

Fans

Pure Food and Wine devotees, overscheduled East Hamptonites

Out-There Treatment

Whispering your innermost desires to butterflies before releasing them

Skeptics’ Pick

Pressotherapy, a lymphatic drainage massage that slims and defines legs and minimizes cellulite

M.A.R.C. Holistic Center

New York, NY

212-925-0203; marcholistic.com

Guru

Tracy Piper, Chinese herbologist and colon hydrotherapy expert

Fans

Manolo addicts

Out-There Treatment

IonCleanse Foot Detox bath, which draws out toxins through the feet

Skeptics’ Pick

Deep Tissue Neurokinetic massage to unravel deep-seated knots

Chantecaille Energy Spa

New York, NY

212-833-2700; barneys.com

Guru

Joan Steele, Reiki master and advanced vortex healer

Fans

Padma Lakshmi, Olivia Chantecaille herself

Out-There Treatment

Psychic consultation and chakra rebalancing

Skeptics’ Pick

Remodeling facial with microgalvanic frequency that lifts and tightens tired skin

Sacred Touch

New York, NY

212-838-3717

Guru

Monica Watters, holistic healer, raw food chef, and ordained minister

Fans

Park Avenue socialites and magazine beauty editors

Out-There Treatment

Six-week energy rebalancing sessions with a raw liquid diet, and Zen tarot card readings

Skeptics’ Pick

Watters’s famous two-hour Miracle facials

Como Shambhala Urban Escape

London

44-20/7447-1000; comoshambhala.bz

Guru

Susan King, intuitive consoler and emotive healing expert

Fans

Cameron Diaz, Kylie Monogue, Russell Simmons

Out-There Treatment

Private sessions with King to help you look deep into your psyche

Skeptics’ Pick

COMO Shambhala nurturing massage with its signature oil