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Spa Offers Facials With A Side of Psychic Readings

UPPER WEST SIDE — A good facial clears out your pores but, at one Upper West Side spa, the treatment could help clear up your future too.

At the Sphatika Spa on Columbus Circle, clients can pay $65 for a package that includes a brief session —about 10 minutes — with a psychic, followed by a 20-minute facial and gentle organic peel.

The spiritually-focused cleansing isn't on the spa's regular menu. It's offered at a once-a-month event for groups of about 16 clients.

The special event — which starts with tea and healthy snacks — has proved popular with customers who say they feel "uplifted" by the experience, said Sphatika owner Janet League-Katzin.

"They get a glow from their facial, and a glow from their reading," said League-Katzin.

She started offering the combination psychic reading and facial as a way to get customers to try the spa's shorter treatments.

The spa's "Signature Experience" is a three-hour, $375 treatment that includes an infrared sauna to remove toxins from the body, skin brushing, a hemp oil body massage and a "lymphatic drainage" facial.

"It's geared to put you in a deep, restful state so the body can heal itself," League-Katzen said. She said one of the spa's goals is to help clients achieve an inner calm that helps boost health and beauty.

The psychic readings fit in with that philosophy, said psychic Roxanne Elixabeth Hulderman, who does the readings at Sphatika.

Usually her readings last about an hour and, she says, can connect clients with departed loved ones, angels, and "information to help them live their lives better."

At Sphatika, Hulderman sits with each client for about 10 minutes. Before she begins, she asks the customer to focus on a specific question they want answered.

Much like a facial leaves your skin polished and toned, a reading can give clients an emotional lift, Hulderman said.

"It's all connected," she said. "It's body, mind and spirit. It all works together for healing."