As it turns out, one of the most striking aspects of floatation is the panorama it provides of darkness itself. Simply being in a blackout chamber ushers us into this landscape of vast tranquility – presenting a vista of emptiness that is as majestic and sweeping as an Ansel Adams photograph. Opening and closing your eyes makes no difference. Between the inner and outer landscape there appears not a hair’s breadth of difference as you find yourself relaxing into near perfect equilibrium. For those of us who often struggle to find balance when we meditate, this gift of darkness is a powerful discovery and a boon in itself.
Immediately after the colonic, I felt clean and extremely empty in the best way possible. My step was lighter, like I was walking on clouds. While I didn’t officially weigh myself before or after the treatment, I certainly felt like I had lost a few pounds. Score! I didn’t experience any of the gas or leaking that Cher had warned about, and thankfully the only effects I felt were positive ones…
La Casa Day Spa is a tranquil oasis for frazzled nerves and exhausted bodies. Olivia Biddle brewed all natural ingredients for my luxurious body polish, mixing seaweed, a chamomile concoction and some sensuous, fragrant oils to prepare my skin for the ultimate in nourishment.
Too much salt can be a bad thing for your health. But new spa services in the city are encouraging people to embrace it.
Halotherapy — or therapy that uses salt — plays on the healing benefits of the mineral, from relieving allergy symptoms and asthma to improving skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
“It’s all about healing at this low-key spa, where everything from the facials to the foot treatments aim to detoxify and re-balance the body. Founded in 1993 by psychoanalyst Dr. Jane Goldberg, the center offers an ever-growing list of alternative treatments that have each been extensively researched and vetted by the doctor herself.”
“There are only a few places to float in New York City. I first tried La Casa, a day spa near Union Square, which features a tank in large part because co-owner Jane Goldberg loves to float.* On a weekday morning, I climbed the stairs to La Casa, took off all my clothes, and, after showering, stepped into a large tub inside an enclosed chamber. I slid the blackout door closed behind me, eased down into the water, and touched a button that switched off the lights. I was floating in total darkness and silence.”
“…Puffy Eyes Be Gone (water) may have been my favorite. When the eyes are puffy, Dr. Goldberg says, it can mean there is a block in the circulation of lymphatic fluid. Deborah applied a motorized wand to the area around my eyes in small, stroking motions. Then she applied a collagen mask and set ice-cold stones on my eyelids. Unlike the jolt of the day before, these felt fantastic. As I relaxed, she gave me a hand massage, and I was sorry when it was over. My eyes stayed unpuffy for two days afterward…”
FROM TRIP ADVISOR: August 3, 2013 “Great place for cleansing & detox in the best location” “My Mom gave me a gift certificate for a colonic for my birthday. I couldn’t believe what a terrible present it was and thought … Continued
“In a cosmic class all its own… with a divinely inspired setting.”
New York Magazine:
“[One of the] best spas in NY …blissed out reverie.”
“A profound sense of peace and creativity.”
“You leave with a newly uncovered layer of velvety skin you haven’t felt since your third birthday. Better than just shaving your legs, girls!”
The New York Times:
“…a Gramercy Park health spa that comes close to magical realism in a 90-minute body polish. After scrubbing your body with a bristle brush and massaging it with a detoxifying clay, your gentle esthetician, rubs you down with a paste of Dead Sea salt and essential oils that tones, exfoliates and gets your blood moving. To warm you up, you’re wrapped in foil, and just as you’re beginning to feel like a barbecued chicken, you’re massaged again and told to hit the showers. On your return, you’re coated with a marine algae lotion that softens and moisturizes and leaves you feeling otherwordly.”
Queer Eye For The Straight Guy:
“New York’s best-kept secret.”
“A taste of luxury… feels as though we spent a few days away in the tropics…the epitome of glowing health and tranquility.”
“Spa-tacular Massages…Promises and delivers the very best in life affirming body and soul treatments… one-stop holistic shopping for anyone who takes their health seriously.”
” …presses fatigue and tightness from your body.”
The Midtown Resident:
“[La Casa] has transport(ed) the exotic natural spirit of the island spa to the big city…an urban oasis… the perfect detox…. I was on a cloud….”
Healing Retreats and Spas:
On Floatation: “…you’ve returned to the womb of mother ocean. It is almost a prenatal experience; you are bathed by soothing touch while immersed in the primeval waters…deeply relaxing and also powerfully revitalizing.”
“New York’s haven of nirvana…”
“An experience I shall not soon forget”