NAME: NAO Wellness($$)
KNOWN FOR: A mom-and-pop, one-stop wellness shop with a specialization in integrative nutrition programs for those with and recovering from eating disorders
LOCATION: West Village, Manhattan
SERVICES: Infrared Saunas, Customized Nutrition Programs and Food Intolerance Testing, Facials, Workshops, Ear Seeding, Reiki, *FREE Women’s Eating Disorder Groups*
EXPERIENCED: 30-min infrared sauna session
REVIEW: The space is tucked away in the basement of a West Village brownstone so despite minimal natural light, it’s cozy and welcoming with a garden to greet you upon arrival.No shoes are allowed in the space, so I recommend bringing socks if you prefer a foot barrier like me.The team provided me with water and a few trace mineral drops that act as a catalysts to optimize vitamin and nutrient function in my body — a great pre-infrared sauna sweat offering. The sauna room was well-kept and stocked with an informative booklet, robe, towel, water and chromotherapy clicker — standard. The in-room shower caddy was a surprise and a plus so I didn’t have to schlep my clothes across the space to the shower. Post-session, my skin was glowing and my stress had melted away. Make sure to stop at their in-house wellness shop, that has a breadth of wellness products and goodies — including super cute beaded bracelets with high vibe sayings from Bread Monster.
TIME SPENT: 45-min
VIBE: A local wellness shop with a charming, urban edge.
BONUS: They have showers and the selenite crystal fireplace is a sight not to miss.