Got the winter blahs? With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, family visits, school break, and parties it’s easy to take care of everyone else and forget about yourself. Even those who love shopping, hosting, visiting, and gifting with their whole souls can get frazzled trying to fit it all together. Throw in some rich food, perhaps a few cocktails, cold weather, and a lack of sunshine, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for burnout.
Treat yourself right, and put a holiday healing break on your schedule. Your routine will still be there when you get back, but you’ll be facing it from a calm, refreshed perspective. And with the nagging aches gone, you’ll be energized for another round with the world in all its glorious folly. One of these laid-back relaxation modalities might even feel so good you decide to make it part of your regular routine.
Here are some wonderful antidotes to the sensory overload of modern life.
Hudson Valley Thai Massage, has been studying the method for a decade and practices at both the Omega Wellness Center in Rhinebeck and the Living Seed Yoga Center in New Paltz; she also make house calls.
Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation in Hudson, the Yoga House in Kingston, Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock, Vastu in Warwick, and several other fine Hudson Valley yoga centers—apparently, a lot of people are finding Taoist yoga valuable these days.
HalotherapySalt caves designed to mimic those that occur naturally in the Himalayas have a plethora of health benefits for all ages that are fully endorsed by both alternative and mainstream medical thought. Salt is antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. Breathing dry salt air, also called halotherapy, will thin your mucous and blast your skin and respiratory system with negative ions, helping your body rid itself of toxins, boosting your immune system, and calming skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. You’ll find restorative salt caves at Salt and Soul in Saugerties and the Hudson Valley Healing Center in Poughkeepsie.
admits oils can help. There are many different methods of aromatherapy from bathing salts and face masks to room diffusers and inhalers. In Middletown, Orange Regional Medical Center offers a complimentary aromatherapy program to patients. As with the salt, essential oil therapy is a pleasant way to absorb the nature’s medicinal molecules; each plant has its own healing properties, which can be used to improve health and well-being. aromatherapy is often incorporated into a massage session or yoga class. Find expert guidance at Joan Apter Aromatherapy in Woodstock, Hudson Valley Body Works in Kingston; or take home aromatherapy body sprays for a DIY treatment from DA Aromatherapy Collection in Cornwall (the retail store’s closed for the winter, but you can still shop online.)
Zephyr Float in Kingston or the Mountain Float Spa in New Paltz.