City Well spa in Brooklyn

City Well looks deceiving. Behind a non-descript door on an industrial block in Gowanus, Brooklyn, lies a holistic haven.

Massage therapist Liz Tortolani wanted to bring a boutique feel to wellness. Liz performs massages inside, where there's also a shower and steam room.

Outside an urban sanctuary takes shape. Architect Deborah Mariotti helped transform the cozy 450-square-foot indoor space.

Liz always knew she wanted to be a massage therapist, but her battle with a chronic illness radically altered her approach to health care. She credits her remission to acupuncture and unconventional medicine and now believes she is in the business of healing others.

Treatments start at $30.