As much as we try to avoid it, stress finds a way to creep up on us. And the symptoms can be brutal. Fatigue, headache, muscle tension—who needs them? If weekly massages and yoga are no longer doing the trick, it might be a good idea to opt for a more unique way to find some peace. Get ready to de-stress with any of these relaxation trends right on Long Island.
Who said salt was only a seasoning? Salt cave therapy, which requires people to sit and breathe inside a man-made cave covered entirely in Himalayan salt, is growing in popularity. The natural healing powers are believed to be oh so real. Around for centuries, salt cave therapy could help with respiratory illnesses, improve skin and boost one’s mood. Long Island has several salt caves, including Peconic River Salt of Joshua Place (also a float spa) in Riverhead, Port Jeff Salt Cave in Port Jefferson, Montauk Salt Cave in Montauk and Healing Grotto in Bellmore.
Escape the noise of everyday life in a flotation tank. This increasingly popular method of relaxation—NBA star Stephen Curry is a fan—includes a quiet tank with warm water and about 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts making floatation effortless. Safely falling asleep is even an option! Aside from providing deep relaxation, the practice is believed to have other benefits like heightening creativity as the mind is cleared and easing tension in the body. Try floating at Rest Float Spa in Rockville Centre, Hope Floats NY in Williston Park or The Float Place in Deer Park.
Forget ordinary saunas. Step into an infrared one like Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow who have joined in on the wellness trend. The warm heat of the infrared sauna penetrates the skin offering several benefits, including relieving muscle pain, removing toxins from the body and easing joint pain. Try it out at Fuel the Soul in Merrick, Holistic Health Solutions of Long Island in Huntington or Cleansing Concepts in Smithtown and Garden City. The latter offers six different preset programs to choose from.
Those looking for a spiritual method of relaxation can feel the power of reiki. Originating in Japan in 1922, the practice started gaining popularity in America in the last few years. Reiki therapists use their hands to transfer energy to the client. Sessions are supposed to relax clients and alleviate their stress. Several Long Island spots offer it including Reiki of Long Island in Rockville Centre, Long Island Healing Arts & Learning Center in Huntington, Holbrook Wellness Center in Holbrook and Reiki For Your Life in Old Bethpage.