Finding Warmth in the Cold
Just before I left New York for Miami, I confess I engaged in a little splurge. It's one more thing that's going to make it more difficult to pay off my credit card in full this month, but I think it was totally worth it. The day I turned in my last assignment, I wanted to celebrate a bit and it was also really freezing outside. So a friend and I decided to head to the Wall Street Bath & Spa, a Russian bath in the financial district that had come highly recommended. It set me back $32.50, but had I wanted, I could have spent the whole day there defrosting. What does that $32.50 get you? There is a Turkish steam room, two Russian saunas, a plunge pool, swimming pool, and a jacuzzi. Other spa services are available for an additional charge and you'll also find a restaurant and cafe area. We spent around four hours there, which breaks down to about $8 an hour. The smell of the stoves in the sauna was so nice, and the steam room smelled like eucalyptus oil. We were warmed from the inside out. I didn't even feel the cold when we left despite the 30° temperature . I just felt toasty and relaxed. It's an experience everyone should try at least once. You end up feeling cleansed and all the stress that you've been feeling build during the week melts away. That makes the price a bargain in my book. So if you're in one of the areas in the country where the snow is piling up this week, head to your nearest bathhouse. Your body will thank you.