By Kim Taylor

The restorative properties of water therapies have been a part of nearly every culture for centuries, and at Great Jones Spa, they’re elevated to the sublime. The spa’s world-renowned wet lounge facility is unlike anything else you’ll find in New York City; it’s centered on a gorgeous waterfall overlooking a thermal hot tub and cold plunge pool. Nearby are the spa’s River Rock Sauna, Chakra Steam Room and dappled, sunlit lounge area for relaxing. It’s more akin to being Costa Rica than downtown Manhattan.

Clients who receive any type of spa treatment at Great Jones are encouraged to use the water facilities to relax, improve circulation, cleanse and feel refreshed. The River Rock Sauna is recommended for detoxification and for stimulating the immune system, as anyone from Finland can tell you. Plus, in the icy throes of winter, basking in the heat of the sauna can be positively heavenly – and the benefits of a sauna are imparted in less than 10 minutes.

The Chakra-Light Steam room is a wet-heat therapy that envelopes you in a dense steam in a space with embedded lights of seven shifting chakra hues. Lose yourself in this cloud of warm, wet color to melt away tension, stimulate lymphatic drainage, improve mood and bolster respiratory function. The spa’s thermal hot tub and bracing cold water plunge are indulgent options for a snow-filled day in Manhattan.

Check out the spa’s full palette of unique offerings at, or visit it in person at 29 Great Jones Street, near the corner of Lafayette Street; 212-505-3185.

Originally published February 2011
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