A boutique bathhouse in the heart of Gowanus
cityWell is unlike anything that exists in Brooklyn – a place that brings the ancient tradition of communal bathing and caring for one’s body to our modern and hectic urban lives.
Through hydrotherapy, massage therapy and aromatherapy – cityWell makes self-care a ritual, part of everyday life, not just a luxury!
Water has always been THE central element when it came to developing the concept of cityWell. Showers, steam room and our cedar soaking tub calms, comforts, and cools to slow us down and heal.
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cityWell customizes each session with a therapeutic blend of deep tissue and Swedish massage. Hot stones and aromatherapy are used to enhance your experience. Massages outside under the pergola are also available.
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Acupuncture restores the body back to its optimal, functional, balanced state. It takes into account how the whole person is functioning, in order to treat both the symptoms resulting from the imbalance, as well as the imbalance itself.
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The healing power of water
Water relieves discomfort and promote physical well-being – cold water stimulate sand invigorates, increasing the body’s internal activity, whereas warm water is calms and soothes, slowing it down. Alternating between hot and cold water treatments can help to heal injuries, enhance various bodily functions and reduce any inflammation.
5 benefits of Hydrotherapy
1. Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain
The weightlessness once feels when submerged in water relieves tension in the limbs, supporting aching muscles by easing their movement. In addition, hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins, acting as a natural pain reliever which will further reduce muscle soreness.
2. Rehabilitates injured muscles
Being immersed in warm or hot water raises the body temperature, increasing blood flow and circulation and relieving pain. This improved circulation will in turn bring new blood, increase and support injured muscle or joint tissue in their healing.
3. Boosts the immune system
The increased blood flow and circulation of white blood cells around the body allows lymph (an immune system fluid that helps collect and get rid of unwanted materials from the body) to be moved through the body more efficiently. Thus, strengthening the immune system, helping it to fight off colds and illnesses.
4. Encourages detoxification
Saunas and steam rooms induce considerable sweating, (the body’s primary way of eliminating toxins), allowing the body to flush out impurities through the skin. In this case it can also help those with acne and skin conditions.
5. Relieves stress
Hydrotherapy treatments can be effectively used by helping to reduce high blood pressure, which can be caused by stress. It may also slow down the body’s reaction to anxiety and release endorphins – a natural stress fighter, as well as induce deeper sleep and I find, brings a greater connection to one’s body.