Brooklyn Banya welcomes weary visitors into a relaxing Russian bathhouse, where saunas, steam rooms, and pools soothe aching bodies and open pores. Patrons stow valuables in lockers, for which they may bring their own locks, and don flip-flops before moving between baths of different temperatures, which can increase circulation and help the immune system. The bathhouse’s therapeutic jacuzzi bubbles with cozy heat, and ice baths chill sore muscles. Staff members perform body-bettering treatments such as salt scrubs, which leave skin smoother than a newborn pickpocket. The hamam’s attached sun deck and cafe—serving fresh juice, black tea with honey, and authentic Russian fare—ensure that patrons leave calm, sated, and rejuvenated.
Prana Brooklyn Wellness detoxes the body with colon-hydrotherapy treatments that help to rid its innards of harmful residue from air pollution and overconsumption of processed foods. The 60-minute cleansing procedure employs top-notch machinery to gently purge deep-seated toxins and refresh hard-working entrails by infusing the large intestine with purified body-temperature water. Keep your body's newly cleansed engines running smoothly with a 30-minute nutritional-counseling session that will help you channel your deep-fried donut salad cravings into a healthful desire for fresh, toxin-free fare. Unlike the inventors of Wite-Out for voice mail, the friendly staff at Prana Brooklyn Wellness does not believe in quick fixes, but clients can take the first step on a gradual path to lasting health with today's Groupon.
Therapists at Forest Hills Spa don't limit themselves to traditional Western spa techniques to help clients heal from daily stress and tension. Instead, the staff draws from traditional Russian therapies that include exfoliating oak-leaf treatments and a circulation-reviving salt scrub. These services together with Western-style massage are performed in private treatment rooms separate from the main spa. In public areas, clients can jump into a cold plunge, a comfortable pool, or a 12-person Jacuzzi ringed by walls of marble mosaics. The mosaics give way to aromatic cedar in one of the three saunas, where clients can loosen their muscles or interrogate snowmen. Apart from spa services, Forest Hills includes a food center that plates traditional Russian entrees, snacks, and beer alongside a squeeze-your-own-juice bar.
The eclectic staff of Yaffa’s Living Well provides a comprehensive repertoire of services to promote holistic wellness, helping clients become healthier and more relaxed from the inside out. Visitors in need of physical relaxation can opt to de-stress weary soul sacks with rounds of detoxifying ionic footbaths, therapeutic massages, or energizing reiki. Acupuncturists can help appease minds unable to let go of ongoing work projects or enable them to rest until they understand life as a porcupine. To unwind the kind of stress accumulated over the long term, clients can find relief from the center’s new-age staff, including a psychic, life coach, and a hypnotherapist.
Dishan Elise founded Human@Ease—pronounced “humanities”—to approach the many facets of fitness from angles as diverse as her client base. Planning her programs with the belief that no two people's health regimens are the same, she gathered modalities from circuit training to massage before opening the gym.
One of the gym's ultimate goals is for its guests to feel fully comfortable in a workout environment, and to that end, its signature Introversion Training program has a self-training component. Instructors walk through equipment use and slow yet vigorous exercises in the strength room, which only permits four users at a time. After a few sessions with a trainer, guests are ready to sign up for time slots and train on their own.
During development of the distinctive fitness haven, Elise made sure that everything from the facility's hardwood floor to its teleportation chambers were made from 100% repurposed materials, earning a feature in the Greenpoint Star. Throughout the eco-conscious studio, she creates little pockets of purposeful serenity by sequestering each of the gym's offerings—which include group classes, fitness equipment, and holistic acupuncture and massage services—into their own uniquely designed room. The ohm room surrounds yogis with nature-themed wall decals, the strength room boasts rich red tapestries surrounding strength-training equipment, and the minimalist wellness room soothes eyes with a light green color palette as therapists perform reiki massage.
Just off a bustling Brooklyn sidewalk, patrons enter the organically inspired environs of Art of Natural Beauty Center, its mossy green hues and burnished wood floors reflecting a commitment to beauty and ecological sustainability. Clients can peruse the menu of services, which deploy a potent combination of technology and natural products to perform laser hair removal, colon hydrotherapy, and facials enhanced by seaweed. After any treatment, guests can linger in a Jacuzzi studded with more than 50 therapeutic jets or perform statue impressions upon the dry sauna's wood-planked benches.