Spa Profile: Goku, NYC
Since opening their first location in Kyoto in 2008, Goku has become the most sought-after massage establishment in Japan. With a wait list that exceeds 436,000 people, the popular spa is renowned for its relaxing head massages such as the Zeccho Sleep and Kamiwaza Technique, which leave guests feeling euphoric and relaxed with lower stress levels.
In May 2019, Goku, NYC opened in New York City, bringing the spa’s in-demand services to the United States for the first time. We spoke with Momoka Yamazaki, a Goku spokesperson, who shared insider tips, unique aspects of the spa’s services, and more.
Why You’ll Love It: Guests fall into the ultimate relaxing sleep while at our spa. Everyone is able to experience the sensation of falling asleep while having their head massaged, much like someone rubbing your head when you were a child. This feeling of fulfillment and refreshment will envelop you even when treatment ends.
Amenities: Most of the incense, robes, and tea we use come directly from Japan. Although we are located in the heart of New York City, we are particular about providing a space where guests can have a new sleep experience that incorporates Japanese Zen elements.
Insider’s Tip: Many people who come for the first time are unaware of what they will be experiencing, and as a result tend to tense up or become nervous. We encourage them to leave it in the hands of the therapist, and just relax and enjoy their treatment. The best way to splurge after our treatment is to go out and take
advantage of your newly abundant energy, thanks to the sleep and the recovery it provided your body with.
Snacks Served: We provide a bite-sized piece of chocolate to guests so that they can relax before treatment. Following treatment, we give guests different types of Japanese tea, which have an awakening effect that helps bring them out of their sleep.
Insider’s Favorite: We offer the specialized sleep treatment in either 60- or 90-minute courses. We recommend that first-timers start with the hour-long course.
Unique Factor: Our treatment's special feature is the zeccho sleep it allows you to fall into. With your head being fully relaxed, you are able to drift into the finest sleep. Zeccho sleep is a unique sensation that lies
somewhere between meditation and the sleep you typically enjoy at night.
[Images courtesy of Goku NYC]
18 West 38th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018