According to Time Out’s City Life Index, a whopping 77 percent of New Yorkers are totally stressed out right now. Color us not-shocked! This unsurprising result may have something to do with how most of us can barely afford a dollar slice at the end of the month thanks to high-cost living expenses. And let’s not forget the additional fear that surfaces while struggling to thrive in such a competitive work environment. (The pressure to hustle is definitely why more New Yorkers eat lunch at their desks than any other city.) Look, we’re not trying to be a Debbie Downer. While living in New York can feel pretty grim, there are so many reasons why being a New Yorker is fucking grand. For instance, we’re in awe of how our city is constantly developing to our current mood(s): Tired, anxious, and stressed AF. How do we reckon? Within the last year, various holistic and wellness centers opened that cater to Gothamites looking to improve their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. The focus to find balance is strong, which is why we rounded up our favorite wellness centers that can help heal multiple ailments. More than a list of meditation and yoga studios, one of these spots will become your happy place when life (or the Big Apple) is treating you rotten.
Best spiritual and wellness centers in NYC
Much like a disgruntled toddler, adults need naps too, but finding a quiet place to catch some Z's in the city is nearly impossible, right? Not anymore. A calm and cleanly place where New Yorkers can take a snooze is this wellness club's bread and butter. Cleverly named Nap York the multi-hybrid space acts as a health-conscious café and lounge, a yoga and meditation studio and a peaceful working space. Head to the tranquil hideaway—decked out with leafy plants, soft lighting and sleek, black furniture—to rejuvenate with a nutritious smoothie or juice, get a quick mediation or massage or sleep under a canopy of twinkling lights inside a cozy nap pod. This may be the best place to find peace in Manhattan. Hell, even the grub is delivered via a conveyor belt to achieve maximum silence!
Feeling out-of-touch with yourself or like you need to getaway for a change of perspective? You may want to opt for a staycation instead, as The Jane Hotel now offers everything one would require to realign with their dharma (a.k.a. life purpose). The hotel’s holistic healing package, dubbed Four Bodies Wellness, is a program to help stabilize your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. The nourishing regimen, co-developed by writer and astrology expert Ruby Warrington of The Numinous (an online platform to help folks find their high-vibe life), includes in-room workout exercises with Michael Olajide Jr. of Aerospace, complimentary one-month access to the INSCAPE meditation app, in-room Kundalini yoga exercises with Guru Jagat of Ra Ma Institute, and one-on-one sessions with intuitive counselors. You can order an Astrology Birth Chart Reading, a Tarot reader, Hypnosis, Reiki Healing and Sound Healing and more straight to your room. While the package and services can be pricey, your new life outlook and visions are priceless.
Peaceful, pretty neighborhood venue Maha Rose is a real oasis of calm in Greenpoint, offering an array of healing modalities that run the gamut from yoga classes, acupuncture and reiki sessions to more out-there techniques such as hypnotherapy, tarot and breath work. In addition to treatments, the center hosts fascinating and helpful workshops covering topics including how to run your own spiritual business and learning how to let go. If you enjoy doing at-home rituals, you can use this space as a chance to stock up on tools. Maha Rose sells everything from crystal prisms and selenite wands to rose quartz pebbles and sage bundles.
Most of us try to avoid sweating copiously when we’re not, y’know, at the gym, but Shapehouse encourages folks to perspire incessantly. In fact, it is this wellness center’s belief that the more people sweat, the more they are at peace. Luckily, achieving the health benefits doesn’t require much effort on your part. No, you don’t have to exercise, have a case of the nerves or eat a large amount of meat to achieve dewy zen. Instead, clients are offered a cleanly, soothing and safe experience to detox. During each session ($70 for 55min) clients are wrapped in a foil blanket (like a burrito) while resting on an infrared, heated table. Clients usually listen to soothing music, catch up on the latest Netflix show or take a little snooze while their body heats up. As for the aforementioned health benefits, sweating is not only relaxing, but it improves your skin, helps you burn calories and can improve sleep. Forget unwinding with a glass of wine, your personal sweat lodge awaits!
Seeking a space where you can hang out between work meetings, practice your breathing or attend an inspiring event? You can do all these things and more at this health-conscious club that aims to help its members create a high-vibe life. There are memberships for various prices, some of which grant you access to meditation spaces and a rooftop garden as well as a café that serves complimentary Ayurvedic-style meals (high-vitamin food that is loaded with healing properties) for breakfast and lunch.
If you are looking for a jack of all trades wellness center, look no further than the luxury wellness center, NKD NYC. This midtown based oasis has a menu of; cryotherapy, light therapy, vitamin IV drips, body sculpting and aesthetics. NKD knows how much we put our bodies throught the ringer, both mentally and physically. So this is the place to come and recharge your batteries.