Winter in New York can be magical, with icicles hanging from the bridges and snowflakes glistening in Rockefeller Plaza. However, right around February things tend to get a bit dreary and it seems like spring will never come.
So, what can you do to beat the winter blues while you're cooped up inside? Try taking a spa day. Here are the benefits of giving yourself a day of relaxation and pampering mid-winter:
- Beat the cold: A recent article in Gothamist pointed out a trend that New Yorkers are taking full advantage of: the bathhouse. Bathhouses originated in Russia, where the dark winters are especially brutal. Now you can sit in a hot bath in the Big Apple and let all those winter toxins steam away.
- Cleansing: As you sit in the sauna relaxing, your body is busy sweating out nasty toxins that have built up over time. You'll leave refreshed and ready to take on the world.
- De-stress yourself: Spending months indoors can take a toll on your thoughts and emotions, adding stress to your entire body, but luckily a rejuvenating day at the spa can help make you feel better. Sauna steam relaxes tense muscles and increases blood flow to the surface of your skin, which will leave you with a glowing feeling.
- Pain relief: Saunas and bathhouses have been known to relieve pain from arthritis, as well as helping with respiratory problems like asthma and chest congestion.