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Sometimes, sitting cross-legged on a pillow in your living room and taking a few deep breaths is enough to get you back to center. Other times, you need more. If you’re looking for deeper relaxation—or a more creative way to unwind—you might want to try experiential, mega calming techniques. From light and sound vibration therapy to a Himalayan salt room, take your practice to the next level at one of these Manhattan meditation and wellness studios.
Inscape’s Instagram-worthy immersive rooms, called the Dome and the Alcove, have lights that change colors during meditations. Whether you find your center sitting up or laying down, these hues produce an atmospheric and soothing oasis where you can reflect and relax. And to create consistency between their location and the Inscape app, in-studio sessions are guided by audio recordings with the goal that meditators can develop a regular habit whether or not they make it to a session in person. Inscape aims to “honor the traditions of meditation while infusing modern design and technology” into the experience.
Designed with the high energy of New York City in mind, the WOOM Center’s holistic approach is centered around the therapeutic properties of sound vibration. In addition to yoga classes and restorative myofascial release work, the WOOM Center’s acoustic offerings include “Sound Experience,” “Spatial Sound,” and “WOOM Gong”—sonic journeys that are designed to help quiet the mind, disconnect, and tap into a heightened state of awareness.
From Botox and CryoSlimming, to IV vitamin drips, acupuncture, Reiki, and hypnotherapy, Modrn Sanctuary offers a wide variety of health treatments and cosmetic beauty services. If meditation is more your thing, the Somadome is a private pod that combines light therapy and a 20-minute audio sequence, which aims to provoke the sensation of flying. Similarly, the Sensory 7 experience uses colored lights and sound to decrease pain, stress, and anxiety. Perhaps most popular is the Himalayan salt room, which Modrn says “reproduces the natural micro-climate of a salt cave by dispersing saline aerosol in a high concentration.” Salt therapy is said to enhance the immune system, decrease allergies, asthma, and skin conditions, and improve energy, focus, and alertness.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.