When it comes to wrapping and delivering holiday gifts, dealing with holiday air travel, and working all night on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus wins the stress award. But lots of Long Islanders might come in second. For those who’d love to take a break from the holiday hustle, plenty of places on Long Island offer opportunities to relax, de-stress and have a bit of “me time.”
Since we all relax differently, we found everything from where to try a scented spa body wrap to where to paint with Jello to where to join a guided “forest bathing” walk in the woods. If you’re up for taking time to restore your emotional health between the holidays and well into January, here are some innovative ways to make it happen.
SCAMPER TO PAMPER at MYW MANSION SPA
Lesia Wilk, of Sayville, Meghan Kane, of Babylon, and Gina Franceschini, of Oyster Bay, join a paddleboard yoga class led by Deanna Arecco at MYW Studio Mansion Spa in Glen Cove. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin
HIGHLIGHTS: Tired of wrapping? Now you can be wrapped. In this newly renovated spa, go for a scented body wrap. Spa manager Deana Arecco explains, “There’s a pumpkin flavor for fall, coffee or chocolate, and peppermint flavor for winter. They rotate. You lie down on aluminum foil, wrap up like a taco, and marinate.” There’s also paddleboard yoga for adults and kids (a gentle yoga class where six boards are tethered together on a line and float in an indoor pool). There’s a salt cave, a gentle massage with birch tree branches known as a Russian Banya Treatment, and much more.
DETAILS: The spa is located inside the Mansion at Glen Cove, but you don’t have to be a hotel guest to use it. 200 Dosoris Lane; 516-776-8808. For spa menu and varying prices: mywstudio.com. Wraps are $220, including a body scrub. Paddleboard yoga is $45 per class.
RED HOTS SPA at the GARDEN CITY HOTEL
HIGHLIGHTS: This spa is also a newbie; it opened Dec. 1. Try a warm rose mud cocoon. You’ll be enveloped in warm mud and oils to hydrate the skin followed by a body butter massage. The Signature Massage is the most calming: a Swedish Massage combined with aromatherapy and hot stones. High-end facials and an elaborate lash and brow bar are a few other highlights.
DETAILS: The spa is located inside the Garden City Hotel, but you don’t have to be a hotel guest to use it. 45 7th St.; 516-663-7600. For spa menu and varying prices: redhotsspa.com. Prices for the Signature Massage: 50 minutes, $15; 80 minutes, $235; 100 minutes, $285. The Warm Rose Mud Cocoon is $125.
THE FUNKY OM
Try a candlelight yoga class at The Funky OM in Huntington. Credit: Barry Sloan
HIGHLIGHTS: Among many calming, creative yoga classes offered in this studio, the Candlelight Flow and Restore class is one of the most relaxing. Electric and beeswax …….