FLOATATION THERAPY, SEA SALT MASSAGES, AND BOXING CLASSES ARE NEW WAYS OF ADJUSTING TO 21ST CENTURY CITY STRESS
by Jessica Jones Gorman
Billed as an optimal form of recovery from injuries and/or as a relief for jet lag, migraines, insomnia, and pregnancy related woes, flotation therapy has become a trending topic rumored as it is to convey an improved sense of well being and also identified as adjunct for improved meditation practices, spirituality, and creativity. Heaven Lee Float Spa in Pleasant Plains’ spa therapy applies this sensation of weightlessness with an experience known as Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy (REST).
Participants are immersed in a flotation tank with just 10.5 inches of water maintained at 93.5°F (the same temperature as skin). Nine hundred pounds of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) are dissolved into the water, producing a super saturated solution and hyper buoyant environment wherein people naturally float on the surface without any effort.
Freeing the individual from the effects of gravity, a resulting deep relaxation ensues, thanks in part to the absence of any external stimuli. Such flotation has been associated with the reduction of blood pressure and the reduction of chronic pain, among other health advantages. 236 Richmond Valley Road, 929.624.2227, heavenleefloatspa.com
SALT OF THE EARTH
The healing properties of Himalayan Sea Salt mined from the Punjab region of Pakistan and with its signature pinkish tint are reported to be many, including not just cleansing the skin, but also its purification, as well as stress reduction. Capitalizing on those attributes, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, with a location in Charleston, has applied the salt into a relaxing heated stone massage. Providing “84 essential minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium,” the spa’s heated salt stones are said to generate negative ions, which can amplify a relaxed sensation. The stones are also reported to help moisturise and plump outer skin layers, leaving them feeling refreshed and glowing, and, according to the spa, “help reduce insomnia, improve blood pressure, and relieve stress.” 205 Bricktown Way, Suite D, 718.568.8541, handandstone.com
A recent study conducted by ESPN attempted to find an answer the vexing question of: “What sport requires the most overall athleticism?” Panelists included scientists from the United States Olympic Committee, academicians, professional athletes, and journalists, and the answer was… “The Sweet Science,” aka boxing. Sweatbox Brooklyn opened a Staten Island location in November, bringing its signature boxing classes to Stapleton, and a way for us all to at least off hours emulate these elite athletes.
Providing hourly group training sessions as well as one on one lessons, trainers focus on basic skills, endurance training, and overall body conditioning. Classes accommodate all ages and skill levels. Many clients are beginners looking to reach a fitness goal or to learn about self defense; others have previous boxing experience seeking to hone skills and techniques. 586 Bay Street, 718.285.4606, sweatboxbrooklyn.com