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From The RBA Health & Wellness is Here

Life in New York City isn’t easy (you can say that again!), and sometimes self-care gets thrown to the wayside for the sake of productivity.

In a culture that values working constantly, it’s important to set aside time for health and wellness. Putting time aside to care for ourselves makes us healthier and more focused, and allows our bodies and minds to work most efficiently — so that we can make the most of our working hours.

Fortunately, Rockaway has a wealth of offerings when it comes to health and wellness. We asked a few of our member businesses to provide a brief description of their services, and to tell us why they think self-care is valuable.

RBA member business NurtureU Wellness (NUW) offers a variety of Massage Modalities including Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Hot Stones and Cupping. NUW collaborates with other healing/wellness providers to offer a “one stop shop to health & wellness.” Other therapies include Clinical Psychology with Dr. Mary Beth Andrews, Acupuncture and Personal Training with Chad Brigockas, Pilates with Elisa Bluming, and more.

 NurtureU’s Samantha Cintron said, “Wellness is extremely important for any community, but especially the Rockaways, a community affected by many tragedies including 9/11, the 2001 crash of Flight 587, and Hurricane Sandy. All we have to do is watch the news to experience the turmoil happening in the world. We can all use some form of healing. Our goal is to help nurture communities, one person at a time. ‘Health. Healing and Time for YOU!’ is our tagline. We also provide services in the workplace, home, special occasions. Our website is www.nurtureuwellness.com.”

RBA member Spa Rockaway has grown into a full service spa, thanks to wonderful clients and like-minded therapists. It is a place for all to come and hopefully leave with more energy to keep on moving. Spa Rockaway offers many services including Facial treatments and Massage & Body therapy using an exclusive line of “Skin Holistic” skincare created with natural marine and algae-based ingredients. More services like Reiki, Spray tanning, Infrared Sauna and Hair Removal are listed on the website at www.sparockaway.com.

Patricia Rorke, owner of Spa Rockaway, said,  “It’s all about feeling good…Body, Mind and Spirit. Life is not so easy for us at times. I hoped for a place to retreat and find some peace, even just for an hour in my own backyard.”

An important part of wellness is staying fit — not only is exercise good for the body, it fuels the mind by releasing happiness- triggering endorphins.

Yoga is a great way to heal both body and mind, and fortunately Rockaway is a yoga-practitioner’s oasis. Some of our favorite studios on the peninsula are Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach (www.hotyogarockawaybeach.com),and Rockaway Love (http://rockawaylove.com). Our board member Rachel Krieger teaches regular classes here! Additionally, RBA member Rockaway Retreat House offers community yoga and meditation, as well as a beautiful space for hosting meetings, retreats and getaways.

RBA member CROM Physical Culture provides a wonderful, supportive community surrounding fitness. CROM thrives on building a community of hard working individuals who are grounded in becoming champions of their own lives, inspiring those around them to rise up and enrich their mind, body and spirit.

“I believe wellness and self-care is the first step to preventative healthcare. Mindfulness of exercise, nutrition and proper recovery training is the key to keeping stress under control. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. This kind of awareness and care can lead to a higher quality of living,” CROM’s Sarah Romulo says.

Stay Well, Rockaway!!

This article was submitted by The Rockaway Business Alliance. For more information, email:  info@rockawaybusinessalliance.org


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