Spa Night: CityWell Brooklyn
Last month Jessica and I celebrated going into business together with a couple hours of hydrotherapy at cityWell, a modern take on the ancient bath house. The spot reminded me of a Grecian oasis I read about in history class however it was nestled in between the canals of Gowanus, Brooklyn. After entering cityWell through a large wooden door, we were greeted with bath robes and steaming cups of herbal tea. The indoor space is minimal yet luxurious: bathroom, a shower ‘room’ with two waterfall shower heads, and a small steam room and relaxation area. Outdoors they have a jacuzzi, outdoor shower, hammocks and a very cute and very chic stand-alone sauna. The simplicity of the space as well as accents like books, eucalyptus and candles lends a comforting and cozy vibe. It’s easy to enter into relaxation mode.
The night air was chilly and crisp. We bounced happily from shower to steam room to jacuzzi to sauna. The sauna looks exactly like a Scotty trailer and the jacuzzi lights up with different colors. The indoor shower room is tiled beautifully and stocked with organic products by . Lauren, the woman working while we were there, was gracious and helpful but mainly left us to relax. When we left she gave us some great restaurant recommendations- there are a bunch of delicious new spots in the area.
Highly recommend scheduling in some idle hours at this spot. You won’t want to leave so go for a while. Book in advance if you want the place to yourself, however they do offer open house hours on Sunday and Monday afternoons, as well as community hours during the week. Check their schedule online. We also recommend elevating your experience with a jar of Lauren’s All Purpose Salve. Put on LAPS before you get into the sauna or steam room to allow the coconut oil to protect your skin from the harsh heat while simultaneously deeply moisturizing and cleansing the skin with the other ingredients. And adding a bit of aromatherapy with the lavender peppermint scent. cityWell would love for you to live a better life through making relaxation a ritual and we absolutely concur :)
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