Aura Readings, Crystals, Salt Rooms: Mapping New York City's Holistic Treatments

Aura Readings, Crystals, Salt Rooms: Mapping New York City's Holistic Treatments

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From crystal reiki specialists to aura readers, we've rounded up the New York City New-Age pros who can get you centered for spring.

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    Self-described “rock whisperer” Krista Mitchell believes that each stone has its own special energy. Devotees of her “Crystal Reiki” method lay down on a table, massage-style, as Krista places different rocks—which, according to her, have the power to do everything from boost vitality to increase focus—on their chakra points. The goal is to leave feeling balanced, like you just had a particularly excellent meditation session. [Photo: Shutterstock]
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    Kicking back in one of Breathe Easy’s salt rooms, a.k.a. halotherapy, is said to help alleviate asthma, allergies, and skin conditions. While it’s not a substitute for, say, an inhaler, diehards swear they inhale deeper after salt room sessions. [Photo: Shutterstock]
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    At Acupuncture Remedies, acupuncturist and board-certified herbalist Iris Netzer works her magic on clients who have been referred to her through a network of holistic practitioners. While she specializes in women’s health and fertility, Netzer also treats issues ranging from TMJ to digestive troubles. Sessions are sold in packages of six, ten, or fifteen, and Netzer also gives pointers on how to address ailments at home. [Photo: Shutterstock]
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    If needles freak you out, cupping—the ancient practice of using cups to create suction on the skin—is a less prickly alternative to acupuncture. The method is said to alleviate pain and increase blood flow—although you may be left with a few telltale cup marks after your session. [Photo: Shutterstock]
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    This Chinatown shop does a brisk business in photographing auras—the colorful electromagnetic fields surrounding a person’s body. Customers place their hands on two metal plates, stand very still, wait for the camera flash, and drink some tea while their aura headshots develop. An aura pro then explains what the colors and pattern means, and suggests crystals to improve overall aura health. [Photo]
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    This Greenpoint apothecary—a partnership between Pura Fruta juice club and Anima Mundi Herbals—gives the standard juice bar an alchemic revamp. Animal Mundi founder Adriana Ayales draws upon her shaman grandmother's recipes for her customized elixirs, which are served up in cold-pressed juices, in teas, or as stand-alone shots. [Photo]
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    Body Healing Massage is no-frills, but Stuart Bragdon, the former body-work go-to for the NYC ballet, gives one of the best lymphatic drainage massages in the city. His technique is designed to reduce puffiness, restore energy, and help you stand up straighter. [Photo: Shutterstock]
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    Why lower yourself into a KryoLife vat blasting nitrogen-iced air at minus-264 degrees Fahrenheit? Cryotherapy devotees claim it relieves joint pain, releases a burst of endorphins, and burns up to 800 calories per three-minute session. [Photo]
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