This past year has been one like no other—but trying a new experience can be that reboot you need to face 2021 head-on. A novel experience like aerial yoga, sitting in a salt cave, or taking a sand bath can be a fun way to practice self-care and break up the same old routine. And rest assured, these spas and wellness centers are making accommodations to keep you safe like promoting social distancing, mask-wearing, and incorporating extra sanitizing procedures. Scroll down to get the info on these unique mind-body wellness ideas that will nurture, reinvigorate, and restore you, and be sure to check out our guide Relaxing NJ Spas For When You Need A Daycation.
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Here are 6 new pampering experiences to try in 2021
Get airborne with aerial yoga at Yoga Youniverse
Aerial Yoga, aka aerial fitness and aerial hammock, combines elements of yoga, pilates, acrobatics, and dance, all while using a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling to support your body weight. This circus-style format can release tension, increase balance, enhance core strength, improve breath awareness, and relieve joint pressure and spinal compression. It also releases endorphins to reduce stress—something we can all use right about now.
191 Woodport Road
Sparta, NJ 07871
Chill out with cryotherapy at Revivify
Brrrrrrrrr—imagine standing semi-naked in a -110+ degrees Celsius cryo-chamber. Proponents of cold therapy do just that to fast-track themselves out of their comfort zones and reap a host of benefits in the process. Exposing your body to extreme cold temperatures for a short time— just 2 to 5 minutes—can increase endorphin levels, boost metabolism, decrease inflammation, offer pain relief, and fans of this treatment rave about better sleep and brighter skin. Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are no walk-ins—all visits must be booked in advance and will be spaced out.
68 River Road, Annex
Summit, NJ 07901
Stay salty in a cozy salt-cave at Holistic Therapies
Miss the salty air from the beach? Spend time in a Himalayan salt rock room where micro-particles of salt are pumped into the atmosphere to soothe your senses and help you get healthy. Breathing in the minute particles of negatively charged ionized salt and other trace elements and minerals has been shown to improve breathing for asthma and respiratory illnesses, soothe skin conditions like eczema and acne, and strengthen the immune system. Your only requirement is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the results. And don’t worry about others in your space—during COVID, you’ll be solo in the salt room for the duration of your appointment.
28-11 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
North Bergen, NJ
Leave stress behind in a float tank at East Coast Float Spa
Touted as one of the best ways to take a break from everything, a sensory deprivation tank might be the closest therapy there is to a mental cure-all. It removes all external distractions so your mind can drift and reach an overall state of ease. You’ll say goodbye to stress and anxiety and hello to calm, creativity, and focus. Step into this sound-proof, light-proof, distraction-free pod, filled with just enough super-salty water to keep you suspended, and you’ll get the feeling you’re floating on a cloud. It’s completely pitch-black, noise-free, and your exact body temp (98.6) for zero distractions and optimal relaxation.
East Coast Float Spa
530 Lawrence Square Blvd. S
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
Take a sand bath at SoJo Spa Club
Put a Volcanic Sand Bath on your bucket list for late 2021: It may look like you’re simply lounging under the sand on a beach, but your experience with this mineral-rich, thermal-treated volcanic sand bath service will leave you feeling very refreshed. This sauna/gravity blanket-like hybrid treatment idea comes courtesy of Japan’s Ibusuki area, where they’ve been doing this sand bath treatment for practically 1,000 years to ease inflammation and reduce stress. The SoJo Spa Club is the only spa in NJ that offers this service, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this service is temporarily unavailable. It will be available again as soon as conditions lift.
SoJo Spa Club
660 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
Try an ultimate head and scalp massage at Island Spa & Sauna
If you’ve never experienced a professional-focused head and scalp massage, you’ll want to treat yourself to this out-of-this-world experience, similar to what you get at a salon, but so much better at Island Spa & Sauna. Thanks to small muscles around the head and a great network of nerve endings and pressure points, this area responds particularly well to touch. In terms of relaxation and pleasure, this treatment is nearly impossible to beat. It’s also known to boost circulation, strengthen hair follicles, reduce headaches, and even lower blood pressure — not too shabby for something that feels like heaven.
Island Spa & Sauna
1769 Lincoln Highway
Edison, NJ 08817