Feeling like a bit of a sloth this morning? Suffering perhaps from a case of the Mondays? I concur. It’s more than a little tough to feel energized knowing that you’ve got a solid work week ahead of you. Memories of leisurely bicycling, beers with buddies, ice cream in the park, strolling in the sunshine, and other weekend-ish whims linger as you fill up your “world’s best” (fill in title here) mug. No time for daydreaming now. Time now to focus, to work, to make the donuts. How can one muster the energy and positivity in a healthy way? Thanks to Karolina Gumpert of Awakening Café (on Manhattan Avenue), I’ve found a lovely way to get that healthy boost. A bit of background about Awakening if you haven’t popped into this little spa and café yet, they’ve got a wonderful fresh juice and smoothie bar as well as an extensive menu of wellness services such as craniosacral therapy, Reiki, sound therapy, and yoga. I recently ran into Karolina from the café, and she recommended this lovely recipe to me as an energizing way to start the day, so I whipped it up in the blender and gave it a go. Delicious and clean-tasting, this nutty, vegetal, sweet treat was supremely satiating as well. A nice, clean, and simple start to the week! Now, I beseech you. Go forth and blend! Continue reading →
Peter T, our health and wellness reporter, will be participating in this exclusive Greenpoint natural spa event he found on craiglist, and taking place on the banks of the Newtown Creek. It’s such a gem I am reposting it in its entirety:
Urban Organics™-The Survival Spa
Enjoy a total immersion health and wellness spa experience on the banks of the humble and gritty Newtown Creek, a narrow waterway separating Brooklyn from Queens, in New York City. Steeped in history and a century of environmental abuse the creek is a symbol of opportunity and a place for urban, nature enrichment. Come with us as we harvest the bounty that the placid shores of the Newtown creek yields. Learn how to reuse, recycle, and repurpose many of the things found along the way into useful, effective solutions for everyday health and wellness needs. Continue reading →
The best gift you can give to a loved one or yourself is that good feeling of health, wellness AND pampering. Human@Ease (31 Nassau Ave) has a lot of deals for Greenpointers readers.
The holidays can leave us all feeling exhausted and less than our best. These treatments promise to erase the effects of stress, shed toxins and get you right back into that holiday spirit. The hardest part will be choosing which one…
• Duet Detox (for 2) ONLY $99 (regularly $150) or Single Person ONLY $59 (regularly $85)
Burn up to 1000 calories in 30 minutes and remove unwanted toxins with a coconut oil body rub, aromatherapy, body wrap and 45 min infrared sauna. Continue reading →
On Friday October 18th, 2013 from 8pm-midnight, HUMAN@EASE (31 Nassau Ave) proudly presents The MAD HATTER’S HOWLING MOON TEA PARTY!
MAD MEN & MAD WOMEN we cordially invite you to join us for a spectacular evening of costumed revelry, fitness feasting, healthy harvest eats, tonics, libations, live music & dancing under the Mad Full Moon! RSVP
OPEN HEALTH BAR: Enjoy Seasonal Bites, Fit Treats & Potluck Tastings served along with SPECIALTY COCKTAILS Mad Hatter’s Tea Toddy & Vampire’s Bloody Punch!
LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES throughout the evening featuring:
• THE SHAMANIC LUNATICS & special guest artists
• DJ BENGEY will be spinning thrilling, spine-tingling, monster party anthems in the Ohm Room.
• Step into the TIME WARP with a Dance Lesson provided by ZUMBA MANNY
• TAROT READINGS in the Tea Parlor by GYPSY ROSE
MADDEST HAT CONTEST:
Express your most outlandish fashion muscle for a chance to win Guest and Sauna Passes. The wilder, the radder the better! Points for Style & Creativity!
TRICKED OUT TREATS POTLUCK CONTEST:
Trick our palates with your yummiest, Healthy Halloween inspired dishes ala Mummy Meatloaf, Monster Mashed Cauliflower Witches Stew or Devilish Eggs.
Bring us your healthiest most creative and most ghoulishly delicious dishes. Be sure to leave out the icky processed fake food stuffs (anything in a boxed or canned)
PRIZE: Winners receive 1 month B.E.S.T. Membership (value $129), Cash Prize & recipe will be featured in our Fit Low Down Newsletter.
ALSO Raffle Prizes and special surprises throughout the night!
It will be a night of Magic and Mischief that you won’t want to miss
ADMISSION: $15 or 2 for $25 / $7 with Potluck Dish
- Your dish should offer no less than 10 Servings as guests will be voting for their most favorite dish.
- Food should be ready to serve room temperature.
- Provide any necessary serving utensils. We will provide paper plates & eating utensils.
- Participants please email your recipes with ingredients including allergy warnings no later than 10/15.
Awakening NY (607 Manhattan Ave) is an urban sanctuary in the heart of Greenpoint. They are an eco-green 7,000 sq.ft. Wellness Center and Healthy Cafe here to help people find their way to a healthier, happier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
5 Great Holiday Gift Ideas:
1. Aphrodite’s Aura Exfoliation & Moisturizing Glow (Organic Body Scrub & Steam Shower with essential oils and therapeutic lights) combined with a 60 Minute Signature Massage for $125 (value of $150)
2. Cleopatra or Odysseus’ Dream Bath (nourishing salts, massaging jets, and exotic oils) combined with a 60 minute Signature Massage for $99 (value of $120)
3. Five 60 Minute Signature Massages for $300 (Value of $400)
4. Purchase a 3 Month Sapphire Membership (includes unlimited classes) & receive a complimentary Dream Bath or Steam Shower each month (3 total) for $399 (value of $540)
5. Purchase a 1 Month Amethyst Membership (includes unlimited classes) combined with a 60 Minute Signature Massage for $139 (value of $165)
We all know that it’s typical to pack on an additional 5lbs through the holidays; not to mention loading our bodies with tons of processed foods. Remove the guilt and the toxins and treat yourself or gift one our Detox treatments this holiday and burn up to 600 calories in one session.
Mention ‘GREENPOINTERS’ and take 20% off the package below
Get the Funk Out – 30 min shiatsu massage followed by 45 min infrared sauna session Shrink Me in a Hurry! – a body wrap with aromatherapy & 45-min infrared sauna session Do It Detox – coconut oil body rub, body wrap w/aromatherapy & 45-min infrared sauna session Human@Ease offers all types of fitness & wellness programs, classes and more. All of our YOGA classes are by donation and a portion goes to charity.
After a delicious Cinco De Mayo brunch at Papacitos, with some stand-out huevos rancheros and a spicy Bloody Maria, I headed over to Ria Nailz, with my new friend who is visiting from Japan. Ria is renowned for her amazing nail art, which would cost up to $100 in Japan. Ria is a popular lady and she was booked solid, not surprising on a Saturday, but she was a total sweetheart about it.
Jokingly I put this photo on the Tumblr and said, “dissed by Ria, she’s too busy for Greenpointers.” I was only kidding! Ria didn’t think it was very funny and wrote a perturbed response on her website that said: “I am no tumblr gangster nor do I want to start trouble in any way but greenpoint is MY home I’ve lived here since I was 2yrs old and for a greenpointer to say I dissed them and I have no time for greenpointers is (excuse my language) fucked up … If the person that posted this felt dissed then I apologize but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rude or a bitch about letting you know I was booked up.”
God I love Ria even more now! She has strong values and doesn’t take shit from anybody. A true Brooklyn badass. Why am I always running my mouth? Luckily, she gave me an appointment for this Saturday and I hope she can forgive me. I would hate to be banished from Ria’s forever!
Here at Greenpointers, we have a very strict “always say yes” policy, or, to be more accurate, a strict “always volunteer Peter to say yes” policy. Case in point: a few weeks ago, we got an email from Marzena, proprietor of Amber Tan Studio, asking us if we’d like to come in and check out her services. Unsurprisingly, the direct result of this was that on Tuesday I found myself staring down a spray-nozzle loaded with a custom blend of “fully natural, 100% organic moisturizing” tanning formula. For me, this was a very novel concept.
You might just walk by Jennifer Day Spa on Nassau near Manhattan, but after Blue Angel Day Spa, which has an internet cafe, an espresso machine and a juice bar turned me do saying they were booked all weekend, I carried on and was happy to discover this hidden gem. It isn’t your regular mani-pedi joint, they have a lot of other services, and rather than blaring lights and rows of nail technicians with those amazing painted claw posters, it was quiet and calming with a couch facing a mantle with a big TV overhead. Calming at first.
Sara greeted me, the sweetest older lady. She was trying to give me color choice advise, “Birght color, bright weather!” My indecision annoyed her, but her frustration was adorable. “Whatever color you want. This pink or that pink. Whatever color you want.” She began by giving me a really great pedicure with a strange interrogation light hanging above us. The experience would have been relaxing had the television not been playing episode of Animal Cops. After she saw me crying she got upset too and said “Animals give people happiness, the don’t ask anything.”
Have you tried a gel manicure? Sara was all over it, saying it lasts two weeks. But at $25 just for the manicure I passed.
The manicure she gave me was very nice. The whole package is on the higher priced end for the area, at $25 for a manicure and pedicure, but the place was lovely, quiet and very clean.
Who is Jennifer? I asked.
“That’s Jennifer” said pointing to little sleeping creepily breathing stuffed dog curled in the corner.
I will definitely be back.
Quality of mani/ped: 4/5
Local Banter: 3/5
Variety of colors: 3/5
Bonus Massage: 2 bonus points – 0/2