Wedding planning can be stressful. Many couples choose to have an elopement or destination wedding in New York to avoid stress but there are still decisions to make and guests to organise. It’s important to take time out for yourself when planning a wedding, and New York City has a few options for those who need to reduce their stress levels in advance of their wedding.
If you’d like to practice a little yoga outdoors in Central Park, then get in touch with the Yoga Trail, who are offering vinyasa yoga group classes on Sheep Meadow. Unlock the tension in your body and relieve stress while building core strength with a mindful focus. Each class ends with final relaxation and meditation.
There are lots of lovely outdoor spaces in New York where you can take some time out to meditate and relax, but sometimes you really need to shut yourself away. Try the Inscape studio in the Flatiron district. They hold events there, and you can also just book a studio session.
With their sensory-deprivation isolation tank experience, Float Science on West 49th Street provides a unique environment to promote mental recovery, relieve stress, hasten physical healing, and foster personal growth, among many other benefits.
If the idea of shutting yourself inside a small dome-shaped pod for twenty minutes just for some peace and quiet appeals to you then try the Soma Dome. They use color and light waves to regulate the production of melatonin and cortisol, two hormones critical to health and wellness. There are a couple of these in Manhattan, the closest to Central Park being on East 55th Street.
If you’re really very stressed then how about going to the Wrecking Club and smashing a few things up? You can go to this location in Midtown and choose a 15 minute or 30 minute session of breaking things. They have sledge hammers and baseball bats and the like, and you can use them to break up their stuff in a safe environment to blow off any wedding-related steam!
I love running, this is how I de-stress. I love running along the Hudson River and along the East River, and of course around Central Park. These are great running routes because they don’t involve having to wait to cross the road! There’s an internal route that goes around Central Park, or you can run the route that goes around the outside of Central Park.
The are plenty of options for a sauna in New York City. Heating your body can detoxify you, boost your immune system, calm your nervous system, offer pain relief, and improved circulation, as well as the cosmetic benefits of collagen boosting, anti-aging, skin purification and cell health. Higher Dose has infrared sauna locations al over the city, mostly inside Equinox gyms, the closest to Central Park being on East 74th Street.
Relax and recharge under a canopy of gently twinkling stars at the Nap York location in the Garment District. You can take a quiet break from wedding-related stress inside a clean and cozy pod.
This is a guided meditation studio with three locations in the city, the closest to Central Park being on East 60th Street. It’s a great class for beginners. Classes are 30, 45 and 60 minutes, and start at $15.
Dry Salt Therapy is a natural and holistic treatment that has been known to aid in detoxifying the respiratory system, healing skin conditions, promoting better breathing, sounder sleep and overall wellness. Breathe Salt Rooms are on 5th Avenue in Midtown.
There’s a bus that travels around New York that you can book a session on and go in there and follow their guided meditation classes. It moves to different locations but it is stationery for the classes. You simply step inside, unplug, pick up one of their weighted blankets if you wish, and just be.
There are of course many other options that are available in New York that you can do just about anywhere, such as a massage or getting your nails done. I’ve tried to keep to some ideas that are unique to New York, or not the sort of thing that you’d fine in any town. I’d love to hear anyone else’s suggestions on how to reduce any wedding-planning stress if you’re still feeling it once you arrive in New York for your wedding.
If you would like me to help you with planning your own wedding in New York, especially if you’re planning on getting married in a public park, I can help you to keep your stress levels downs! Visit our website for more information, or follow us on Pinterest, “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram for lots photos of newlywed couples in New York.