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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Resolved: We resolve to try new holistic therapies

We’re suckers for the optimistic, self-improving nature of New Year’s Resolutions—that, come the Times Square ball drop, we can work toward living happier, fitter, healthier lives in the coming year. So we devoted this week to making one resolution each day—including the resolution that we probably won’t have it all figured out by January 1.

Yes, Swedish massage is reliably relaxing, but there’s a whole world of lesser-known but equally beneficial holistic therapies. And New York City has no shortage of talented therapists and unusual venues for healing.

We resolve to test-drive a new therapy—starting with these.

Robo-therapy. We spied this Multi-Sensory Hydrospa Capsule at Canyon Ranch and The Palms Spa in Miami Beach last year and have finally resolved to climb into the one at the Townhouse Spa in Midtown for an all-over Herbal Detox treatment. The luge-shape hooded device contains 30 massaging water jets, and emits radiant heat, light therapy, and aromatherapy-laced steam. The Townhouse Spa, www.townhousespa.com

Halotherapy. Eastern Europeans have visited salt caves for ailments from asthma to eczema for more than 150 years. We have our very own stylish incarnation here in Chelsea, where we chill in a chaise lounge while “the effect of dry highly dispersible aerosol of natural rock salt…. cleanse the respiratory tract and the body,” says a CNN report. We’re willing to give it a shot. Or a shake. Halo Air Salt Rooms, www.haloair.com

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