New York City might be famous for its high-strung residents, but ironically enough, it’s also home to a booming wellness industry. More top boutique NYC wellness spots, like fitness studios, spas, and holistic centers, are opening every day.
Thanks to this ever-expanding wellness landscape, you’ll always have de-stressing options when you pass through the city. Whether you’re looking for a new age healing experience or just a space to run on a decent treadmill, New York has you covered. Here are your best options for letting off steam on busy Manhattan days.
Infrared Saunas at Chill Space NYC
Infrared saunas employ chromotherapy, a light therapy which can aid in cell repair and tissue healing, while you chillax in a cozy infrared suite. It’s thought to be good for recovering faster from workouts, detoxing, and boosting overall wellness. Chill House is one of the top spots in Manhattan for the experience.
Chill Space NYC, 124 E 40th St #603, New York, NY 10016
Aerial Yoga at Om Factory
You’ve probably seen aerial yoga on your Instagram feed more than anywhere else. While it does make an excellent selfie opportunity, aerial yoga is also a fantastic workout. Om Factory also offers classes in aerial circus, aerial dance, and acroyoga, so the space is kind of a one-stop shop for living out those short-lived childhood dreams of running away to the circus.
Om Factory NYC, 873 Broadway @ 18th Street, New York, NY 10003
Float Therapy at Infinity Float At Q Flatiron
A sensory deprivation tank, or a float tank, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a tank meant to shut off all external stimuli. Inside, you’ll float in Epsom salt water, and the tank will block out all light and sound. The idea is to eliminate distractions for a meditative experience. Q Flatiron’s float suite is especially atmospheric, with a ceiling lit up by twinkling “stars” that can be turned off once you’re in meditation mode. An added business travel bonus: float tanks are thought to help with jet lag symptoms!
Infinity Float at Q Flatiron, 224 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor. 212-213-8520
Hip Hop Yoga at Y7 Williamsburg
This hip studio approaches yoga unlike anyplace else - and people love it.
In Y7’s signature classes on #HipHopWednesdays and #HipHopSundays, you’ll practice your Vinyasa flow to hip-hop beats. Y7’s East Coast flagship studio in Williamsburg has an amazing atmosphere, but if Brooklyn is a hassle to reach from where you’re staying, you can check out one of Y7’s Manhattan locations.
Y7 Williamsburg, 170 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Facial To Go at Skin Laundry
Skin Laundry is much loved for its 15-minute treatment laser facial treatment. The laser perks up collagen production, cleanses the skin, and helps banish acne and inflammation - and there’s no recovery time needed. It’s a great way to rejuvenate on a quick coffee break.
Skin Laundry Flatiron, 3 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Meditation at Inscape
At Inscape meditation studio, you can choose between two types of sessions. The first option is a meditation session in “The Dome,” a circular room with a light-up ceiling and surround sound. Your second option is what’s called a relaxation session, in a space referred to as “The Alcove Room.” This room is the tired adult’s equivalent of a Chuck-E-Cheese ball pit, with a mass of chic, comfy pillows and blankets spread across the floor for lounging. In relaxation sessions, you’ll lay down and practice traditional breathing, sound, and resting techniques.
Inscape, 45 W. 21st Street New York, NY 10010
Salt Room Therapy at Montauk Salt Cave Downtown
You know those pretty Himalayan salt lamps that everyone and their cousin has on their windowsill? You hang out in an entire room made of that stuff. It’s called halotherapy, or salt therapy, and it’s an alternative treatment believed to help with mood boosting, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and sinus issues. At a salt cave session, you’ll sit in a comfy recliner in a lovely millennial pink room built out of literal salt bricks while meditative music plays. The aesthetics alone might be reason enough to visit.
Montauk Salt Cave Downtown, 90 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10003