The best way to keep up with the tireless, 24-7 pace of New York City may be to do the opposite: Enjoy a rejuvenating New Year’s reset.
Whether you’re looking for a wellness boost or simply tapping into your spiritual side, these tranquil Big Apple venues–handpicked by the team at Mondrian Park Avenue–may help cure what ails.
A moment of Zen is just a cushion away. Both meditation newbies and gurus flock for healthy breathing techniques (calling on ancient practices ranging from Kundalini to Vedic) and themed classes dedicated to posture, emotions, and mantra. Better yet, with three boutiques in Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, and Williamsburg, it’s easy to hop around. 10 E 8th St, New York, NY (1.2 miles from the Mondrian).
In Chelsea, book an herbal massage using the brand’s beloved Arnica Oil, Lobeilia, and Cramp Bark to loosen sore muscles, or opt for nourishing facials utilizing probiotic-rich masks. Before you leave, drop by the Vitality Bar for on-tap kombucha, herbal tonics, and elixirs like the ‘Long Night’ made with a milk thistle cleaning tincture. 127 West 26th Street, New York, NY (0.7 miles from the Mondrian).
This blush, crystal-lined oasis in SoHo functions as a wellness collective for the mind, body, and spirit. The resident shaman, Deborah Hanekamp, offers one-on-one spiritual guidance using aura readings, crystals, and sound therapy. Afterwards, enjoy Britta Plug’s uplifting Facial Attunements™, performed atop warm infrared beds with ancient jade gua sha tools to lift and firm weary skin. 73 Spring St Suite 501, New York (1.8 miles from the Mondrian).
Like its name suggests, this warm, minimalist east-meets-west space along the Bowery stands to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system. Stepping outside of traditional norms, the wellness menu mixes yoga and dance with sound (from a booming 4D system), frequency, and a scent-diffusing system. Afterwards, it’s easy to tap into those deep, inner vibrations. 274 Bowery, 2nd Floor, New York, NY (1.6 miles from the Mondrian).
Relax, unwind, and enjoy heavenly bodywork at this venerable Greenpoint space. Besides an array of modalities from conventional yoga to acupuncture and reiki, there’s also a menu of alt-healings like hypnotherapy and tarot card readings. For an immersive listening experience, try a sound bath workshop using Himalayan crystal bowls, gongs, and Indian shruti boxes. 97 Green St G3, Brooklyn, NY (2.7 miles from the Mondrian).
This nondescript midtown Japanese bathhouse subscribes to the ancient tradition of hot and cold plunge soaks (targeting the immune system) alongside ample Chinese herbs, traditional Shiatsu massage, acupuncture, and cupping. Out late? The nocturnal set can experience the space into the wee hours (3 AM to be exact). 37 West 46th Street, New York, NY (1.1 miles from the Mondrian).
A cool crowd visits this small West Village shop known for its natural products (Tata Harper, Vintners Daughter), and below, a cozy spa with fresh flowers and soft pink duvets. The 90-minute Alchemic Facial adopts a 4-2-4 Japanese method with a series of nutrient-dense peels and masks and, to finish, a detoxifying foot massage. 238 West 10th Street, New York, NY (1.7 miles from the Mondrian).
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- Story by Kate Donnelly