Wellness at the CBC Wellness Lounge

CBC Wellness Lounge offers 15-minute guided meditation and chair yoga sessions. Designed for busy attendees, this mindfulness break is quick, effective and stress-relieving.

Like Remedy Place, Brooklyn’s “wellness social club” Gaia NoMaya is aiming to build communities out of its customers with shared interests in wellness and art. They host events from concerts in their salt room to “spa-rave” parties.

Reflexology

Reflexology is massage of the feet that aims to promote wellness in other areas of the body through energy pathways. Reflexologists believe there are “reflex” points on the foot that correspond to the various structures and organs in the body.

Reported effects of reflexology include a feeling of relaxation, stress reduction, and a sense of calm. It may also ease pain and anxiety. In some cases, reflexology is used as a complementary therapy to ease symptoms for people with cancer, and it’s common in many cancer centres to offer it free to patients.

Typically, sessions take place in a relaxing setting, with soothing music, dim lighting, and aromatherapy. Before starting the treatment, a reflexologist will ask about your health, what medications you’re taking and whether you have any conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy or circulatory problems. Those who use their flexible spending accounts and health reimbursement arrangements may be able to claim a portion of the cost of reflexology.

Ionic Foot Bath

Detoxification is an essential first step in any treatment plan designed to fight chronic illness. The goal is to remove excess toxins that inhibit the body’s natural ability to detoxify itself.

During this relaxing 25 to 30 minute process the warm water in the foot tub is ionized. The ions created by the ionizing machine are said to neutralize oppositely charged toxins in the body, allowing them to easily exit through the feet’s 4,000 pores.

These ions are also claimed to bind to heavy metals and other toxic chemicals in the body, helping them to be pulled away through the bottoms of the feet like a magnet. The color of the water is believed to indicate which organs and tissues are being detoxified, with green indicating the kidneys, bladder, urinary tract and female reproductive system. Yellow indicates the liver and spleen. Orange is associated with gout, arthritis and vascular problems. In general, the ionic foot bath is thought to shift the body from a chronic sympathetic nervous response (fight or flight) into a parasympathetic nervous response (“rest and digest”). This is said to reduce stress and improve mood.

Massage

The ancient art of massage involves pressing and manipulating skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It may range from light stroking to deep pressure. Massage has many health benefits including pain relief, increased circulation, and psychological wellbeing. It can also boost the body’s immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which help fight viruses and infection.

Remedial: This type of massage is used to treat tight or painful tendons, muscle and ligament injuries and conditions. It can help improve flexibility, reduce the risk of injury and aid healing after exercise or an accident.

A full body massage can relax your mind and ease any tension you’re carrying around; it may even get you a better night’s sleep. Just remember to drink plenty of water when your treatment is over, as you can become slightly lightheaded due to the increase in blood flow. This is normal but will ease within a few minutes. You might feel a little “massage drunk” for a while afterwards, too.

Yoga

Practicing yoga can be a great stress reliever and help you find balance. This yoga lounge offers classes such as Flow, Restorative, Yoga Sculpt, Vinyasa, Meditation, Anatomy and Nutrition & Wellness. Classes are taught by April Walker, a Registered Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health Practitioner.

Gaia Nomaya is a new addition to the wellness social club trend and was inspired by the “spa-rave” parties that owner Andrew Goldin used to host at his mother’s Brooklyn spa. The 7,000-square-foot space, which includes a lounge, bar and organic kitchen, is open to the more hedonistic side of wellness with events like art shows and music concerts in the salt room.

The Well is a modern wellness club for busy professionals on the Upper East Side. Its science-backed ecosystem allows members to build a personalised health and wellbeing plan tailored to their unique needs, with access to best-in-class practitioners; club amenities such as spa services, the reflexology lounge and an on-site restaurant; fitness studios, personal trainers and curated weekly programming.

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