Fall in the City
It was unseasonably hot and humid in New York. “Amiss,” is the word that most comes to mind to describe the last month and a half. While other jungles rely on humidity, our concrete jungle is the antithesis. The high heat and humidity are supposed to be behind us, not to mention the resulting questionable scents that we flee from as much as we can in Summer months. If you ask most New Yorkers, at least the ones I know, they will tell you the best time to be a New Yorker is the Fall.
We currently have a city of over 8 million people walking around looking thoroughly beat up by the environment. Let’s add that when you leave in the morning, you need to pack half of your closet because you do not know what will happen next. You may experience dry hot wind in the morning, followed by some nasty misty showers and concluding with heavy clouds that make it feel like the day never started. We are all confused, time makes no sense because that big yellow ball, once fondly known as “the sun,” no longer visits. I am noticing people are a little more, shall I say, verbally aggressive than usual.
Note my last point makes my love for NYC even stronger as the result is phenomenal people watching; but the dynamic is not healthy and in the wake of World National Mental Health Day (October 10, 2018) and a deep sadness for seeing my haggard reflection, it was time to pause. I did what any New Yorker in crisis would do, and I went to midtown to try to find some rest and recovery on a short time frame.
At 39 West 56th Street, I discovered something genius:
Floating Lotus, a self-proclaimed “Relaxation Station,” offers clients the opportunity to indulge in all of the cutting edge and veteran favorites of the wellness industry.
Floating Lotus and its ingenious design has something for everybody, a rare find in a city where small businesses are often very specific. For example, I can go to a cycling studio, but if I want a treadmill class, I would have to visit another studio. The structure of many wellness outlets is the same. One spa may offer nail therapy, another skin care, making for a lot of travel time. Here I found a one-stop shop for all of my wellness needs in a “you can hear a pin drop – how did they make it so quiet?” atmosphere.
On the Menu at Floating Lotus
Infrared Saunas and Salt Caves are on the menu and grouped together. You may book a session for 30 or 60 minutes, conveniently through the Floating Lotus website.
An infrared sauna makes you sweat, and sweating is good to get the toxins out your body at a cellular level. A few highlights of the benefits of infrared use include higher calorie expenditure, pain management and better recovery time.
Check out more details here from my last experience with Infrared Saunas HERE.
Salt Caves may help to reduce inflammation in the lungs using negatively charged ions, shown to improve respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. These same ions are proven to improve our health and our mood while simultaneously drawing toxins out of the body.
To read more about salt caves: Go HERE
I recommend booking the infrared sauna first. My preference is a 60 minute session, but if you are new to Infrared, go for 30 minutes. Follow your booking with a salt cave reservation (both rooms are private and accommodate only one user.) There is a shower on site stocked with beautiful organic Floating Lotus products.
Simply remember to pack some athleisurewear, I recommend Michael Lauren (the softest tees and pants) have a post sauna shower and saunter five feet across the hall to the room marked “Salt Cave.”
If infrared saunas or salt caves are not your thing, don’t sweat it (see what I did there?)
Floatation Therapy, a sensory deprivation healing treatment is available where the sensation mimics that of floating in outer space. Studies have shown that benefits include reductions in stress, chronic aches and pains, swelling, headaches and insomnia, as the claim is that floating brings the body back to homeostasis. Laying in the Float Room with arms at your side and palms down or arms over head and palms up while allowing your breath to pass through your nose will aid your body in allowing to let go. The most important advice is to not try so hard. Do NOT try to let go. Simply allow yourself to have the experience.
Of note: the water that you will float in is salt water.
If you do not want to tax your hair, or are particularly tight on time, Reiki, a treatment designed to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety through removing energy blocks to adjust the flow of Qi is available for 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. While laying on the table in a meditative pose with palms up, a practitioner will place hands in different positions around the head, abdomen, feet and shoulders. During the session it is not unusual to feel hot or cold and also to experience different waves of emotion.
Speaking of Qi, Acupuncture – localized placement of acupuncture needles along meridiens – stimulates an anti-inflammatory response, aiding the body in producing endorphins, those natural “feel good” responses that are proven to aid with nerve pain, muscle spasm, sciatica and post-operative pain.
What Relaxation Station would be complete without massage? Swedish, Deep Tissue and Pre-natal Massage are available for 55 or 85 minute sessions.
You may be seeking more visible evidence of your wellness journey. Floating Lotus has plenty to offer for that need as well. Facials that treat a variety of skin concerns and conditions such as dry skin, oily skin, acne-ic skin and sun damaged skin are available.
And one final unmentionable, must be mentioned – Laser hair removal. If you need it, they have it and offer sessions between 15 and 90 minutes, for wherever. I will leave that right there.
IF you are hoping to make a full spa experience and want a manicure and/or pedicure, the Red & White Spa is just next door.
There are also a variety of hair salons should you be seeking a blowout, including a DryBar, one block west in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel (119 West 56th Street.)
Uncle Jacks Steakhouse is just across the street if you are looking for lunch and a cocktail.
Do not miss this opportunity to care for yourself, on your time table, in your city (or while visiting NYC).
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.