By Amely Greeven
TUNE IN, LET GO Sound healing is poised to be the next aromatherapy: The vibrations of sound waves are said to shift stress, recalibrate the nervous system and promote a state of calm and renewal. While there are plenty of digital tracks you can plug into, nothing compares to lying with others in a bath of sound waves intentionally designed to restore harmony and clear and quiet the mind.
And I can’t think of a more restorative place to do this than the Montauk Salt Cave, where tons of pink Himalayan salt create an environment of rosy serenity and an extraordinary forum that amplifies the healing frequencies of quartz crystal singing bowls and Kundalini meditation with a gong sound bath. Now, New Yorkers don’t even have to travel to the tip of Long Island to bask in the seductive space of the Montauk Salt Cave—a new branch recently opened in the East Village (90 E. 10th Street). Owner Shannon Coppola says that the effects of surrendering in this sanctuary of sound are profound.
“The combination of doing breathwork and meditation in the salt-infused air with the mesmerizing sound leaves me floating to the point where I can’t drive my car for 20 minutes.” Sounds…heavenly. montauksaltcave.com
Many of the things I do on my path to wellness are simple, but they’re not especially easy. Thanks largely to the determination of my homesteader husband, who probably should have been born in the 1800s, we ferment sourdough bread and bottle endless jars of long-sim-mered bone broth. So we know there’s no shortcut to good health. Or is there?
I recently stumbled on 8 Greens, a tablet that contains the ingredients found in green drinks. You just drop it in water, let it fizz and enjoy. It was a revelation, like the universe saying, “I’ll give you one free pass, buddy.” 8 Greens’ creator, Dawn Russell, spent four years developing a product that everyone said couldn’t exist: an almost-zero-sugar, 10-calorie, refreshingly tasty green-drink tablet made with ingredients including blue-green algae from Oregon’s pristine Lake Klamath. “My obsession was, how can I help busy people build basic health in a way that’s, ‘Take it, go, get on with your day,’” she explains.
I tell her it’s like a gateway drug for greens: Almost everyone, including my 3-year-old, likes the taste of this bubbly kale- and wheatgrass-infused concoction. I’m convinced it gives me a little lift each time I drink it. Available at White’s Apothecary in Southampton and East Hampton, and at 8greens.com.
Purist’s wellness editor Amely Greeven is the co-author of the book Clean with Dr Alejandro Junger, and co-author of The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother.