Our team is obsessed with self care. Living in NYC is draining. We’re constantly on-the-go rushing from one appointment to the other and there is never enough time in the day. That is why it is so important to make your wellness a priority. We truly believe it's good to be selfish and put your health - mental, physical, and emotional - first. Whether it’s planning to eat clean all week, signing up for a morning yoga class, or just taking a few ‘me-time’ moments, self-care is bottom-line necessary.
Our favorite treatment for self-care we recently discovered is the Infrared Sauna. Unlike traditional saunas that just heat the air and in turn the outer layers of your skin, the infrared sauna uses a light that heats up your body directly warming you from the inside out. It is said to be 7 times more effective than a traditional sauna in helping to detoxify by removing stored toxins from the deep-tissues in your body and lactic acid built up in your muscles. The infrared relaxes your muscle tissues draining any tension in your body and reduces stress by lowering cortisol production, the primary stress hormone. Being relaxed increases levels of serotonin and dopamine, two chemicals that are key to helping decrease anxiety and improving your mood. The infrared also helps to expand your vessels and capillaries increasing blood circulation and allowing more nutrients and oxygen rich blood to move freely throughout your body. In addition, it helps to stimulate collagen production in your skin helping to rejuvenate skin tissue and increase elasticity.
Our go-to spa for infrared treatments in the city is Cryofuel. It’s a brand new location that just opened over the summer in Tribeca.
Ben Feinson, the founder at Cryofuel, launched the spa with a simple mission. Be it from a workout or illness, he wanted to help people recover faster. Here’s a client success story he shared:
“When I was struggling with chronic lyme disease, the infrared sauna provided a sense of healing that was difficult to come by. Not only did it help to alleviate my stress, anxiety, and depression, but it helped my body to detox enough to allow me to function and heal faster than I would have been able to otherwise. I was able to consistently sweat out deep level toxins that were keeping me from reaching a point of balance. Not to mention I loved the color therapy, and the more than welcome meditative pauses in an otherwise chaotic schedule! Whether with a friend, or on my own, the infrared is a haven to connect with myself and to find grounding in this hectic city. It is the perfect addition to any self care practice.”
At the end of the day, the first step in developing a better self-care practice is to simply make an active decision that your health (and future health for that matter) is more important than other priorities. And once you start practicing self-care on a regular basis the effects will be so overwhelmingly positive that it will get easier to make time for it in your schedule. So this week take the first step in getting started - treat yourself to an early night's sleep, get to the gym, or book a spa treatment for after work on Friday. You deserve it.