Holistic healing and wellness is something that has come to the forefront of the modern approach to medicine and urban health.  However, it is frustrating when its cost and specialty status make it more of a luxury than a necessity of living well.

That’s why it’s so nice to discover places like the Giving Nature Wellness Center, where they focus on making their services available to the whole community, and truly seem devoted to healing the entire person.  Last Tuesday they opened their doors for an expose on the huge amount of services (ranging from holistic standbys to the more obscure and revolutionary) they have to offer New Yorkers, one and all.

Entering the 5th floor space is like stepping into a tranquil haven.  Light wood, inviting colors and birch tree paintings create an inviting atmosphere, as do the welcoming smiles of the staff.  The philosophy of everyone being welcome permeates the center and immediately puts any visitor at ease. The amount of services the center offers is mind boggling, including Shin Jin Jitsu, Acupuncture, Massage, Nutritional Counseling, as well as community Yoga and Meditation classes that are donation based.

During the expose, we were escorted on a personal tour of the facilities and invited to partake in “mini-sessions” of any of the services.  We were also treated to healthy snacks provided by the Energy Kitchen, and refreshing white and rose wine.

Finally, so relaxed I was actually having trouble stringing sentences together, they saw us off with lovely gift bags (customized herbal tinctures included) and set up an appointment to receive a full service, thus getting the full experience.

I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to that, and will definitely write an update about it, so keep your eye out.  In the mean time, I recommend checking out one of their community sessions, to experience the Giving Nature Center and get a taste of their unique brand of tranquility.

– Ava Fedorov