Posts Tagged ‘Spas’

Staying Healthy and Helping Others

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011


My move from Wyoming to New York City last year was fraught with stress. During a brief stint with homelessness and unemployment, I fell ill. My illness began insidiously, with only fatigue and a sore throat. As time passed, I only grew worse. I was under a lot of stress at the time, trying to adjust to my new life in the City. I struggled through job interviews and searching for a place to move. Even after finding a job and an internship and a place to live, there was no time for me to rest and recuperate. How could I take off work if I’d just gotten hired? How could I sleep if my new roommates were always up?

I stumbled into several doctor’s offices at the time, hoping desperately for a cure. One pronounced that I had the flu and sent me home. Two declared that I had a sinus infection. They all agreed that my illness was exacerbated by stress, but didn’t offer any solutions. It wasn’t until I visited my fourth doctor that I found an answer. I was tested for Mononucleosis and came up positive.

I was hoping that since the doctors knew what I had, I could get cured, but this never happened. I remained chronically ill and exhausted. For months, all I did was drag myself to work and then back home.  The doctors told me I would recover from mono in a few weeks, but it was not until I took a break and went home three months later that I began to improve. My visit with my friends and family alleviated all the stress and depression I had experienced in the City. Finally, I began to feel healthy again. My illness and subsequent recovery made me realize three things.

One thing consistently aggravated me during my frequent trips to the doctor’s office last year. None of the doctors (except the kind woman who discovered I had mono) seemed to care that I was sick. They wanted me to pay my bill and get in and out of the office within 30 minutes so they could take the next patient. I believe that is the reason none of them was able to diagnose me. This made me realize how important it is to have someone with compassion beside you when you are ill. This is probably also the reason why I recovered when I went back home to see my friends and family.

But compassion is a two-way street.  If you see someone you care for (or even someone you don’t!) sick, try to help them. Maybe you’re not a doctor, but do what you can. If your roommate has the flu, don’t avoid them like the plague. Use your meal card to buy some them soup or juice. Assist them as they walk down to the campus clinic.  Even if you’re a big germaphobe, at least toss them a couple Advil! When they see that someone cares, they will feel better.

The Values section of our magazine, Student Maximu$, also provides great advice on how to care for others. Stay tuned for the next issue of Student Maximu$, which is coming out soon!

My first seven months in NYC were filled with stress, and this is the likely reason I felt ill that whole time. Stress, whether it be physical or mental, takes a toll on your body. Not to get too scientific about it, but stress releases a hormone called cortisal into your system. Cortisal weakens the immune system by attacking white blood cells. So if you feel yourself starting to get stressed, take it easy! This is easier said than done, especially for college students. But there are number of methods you can you use.

Yoga, an ancient form of exercise developed in India nearly 5000 years ago, helps rejuvenate both your body and mind. After a session, you are guaranteed to feel more relaxed and stress-free (even if your muscles are a little sore!). You can practice Yoga from the comfort of your home, or hone your skills (and meet some new friends) by taking a class. BYM  Bikram Yoga offers over 50 classes at great locations in lower Manhattan. Take advantage of their student discount and enroll today.

A day at the spa is sure to leave you more relaxed. Let yourself be pampered as the world’s cares lift from your shoulders. And as a student, you can take advantage of the many great coupons the Campus Clipper offers! Beauty and Youth Spa, Elegant Spa, Orchid Garden Spa, and many others, are all currently offering coupons for students.

If you feel yourself starting to get sick, don’t follow my example. I continued to work despite having mono, and this severely inhibited my recovery. Take time to rest and get yourself to a doctor! As a student, you have health insurance, which ensures that you can get affordable care wherever you go. And these student discounts make it even more affordable. Now you can get the medicine you need to tackle the world again. Check out these coupons from Whitney Chemists, Block Drug Stores, and Biomed Drugs.

Hopefully, these tips (as well as the great discounts that come along with them) will ensure that you remain healthy in the coming year, so that you can continue to help those around you.

–Written by Megan Soyars, Campus Clipper blogger

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Elegant Nails and Spa – Review

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

By Ellen McQueen, NYU

Midterms. For most college students across the country, these stressful and time consuming tests mean countless hours hunched over textbooks in the library, break-out inducing amounts of anxiety, and an excess of unnecessary nail biting, By the time midterms finally come to an end, and we actually have a chance to look in the mirror, the person looking back at us is stressed out and overtired, and wondering desperately how to make it through the second half of the semester.

As it turns out, an hour or two spent escaping the bustling streets of the city for pure relaxation and pampering is all it takes for me to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready again to take on the world. And where could such a place be found? 373 Sixth Avenue, where Elegant Nails and Spa is available to entirely distress and calm your mind.

The first attribute I noticed about the spa is its color scheme. There are no screaming neon colors or even intense black and whites, but rather it’s entirely colored a sandy beige, transporting me to a mirage-like scene in a southwestern desert. The calming colors work perfectly with the quiet piano music in the background that contain no words but rather a beautiful melody seemingly able to clear my mind of all negative thoughts.

I was greeted by a staff of kind, energetic and helpful women happy to show me to my pedicure chair. I sat down, rolled up my jeans, and allowed the serenading music to close my eyes and relax my tense shoulders. The massage (oh yes, massage) on the chair was turned on for me, and I place my overworked feet into a bath of warm water. As I sat, my tense back and feet muscles being kneaded loose and my nose tickling with the soothing scents of lavender lotion, I realized just how much pressure we New Yorkers put on our feet everyday as they carry us all over the city to where we need to be.

Toenails painted perfectly and professionally (for when I do it myself the paint ends up pretty much all over my feet), I was escorted to the manicure table where another smiling employee, Leonor the owner of the spa, sat awaiting to paint my bitten nails. Humiliated, I placed my disgraceful hands in front of her, attempting with a look of apology in my eyes to hide the hangnails.

“Students expect their peers to have their nails beautiful,” Leonor explained as she rubbed my exhausted arms with soothing lotion. I thought of the countless occasions I’ve sat next to someone with dirty or chewed fingernails, and realized just how true this statement was. I asked Leonor about the type of clientele that usually come to the spa, and she explained that everyone from students to the elderly and both males and females are often showing up for all the wonderful and peaceful treatments that are offered. So, boys, there are no more excuses for those unkempt nails. “Males come for a variety of treatments as well as women,” Leonor explained.

Once she had finished the flawless job on my now perfectly manicured nails, Leonor led me to sit where the paint could dry under warm air. She gave me a short but much needed massage as I sat, soothing my uptight shoulders and calming my overwrought back. I looked out the window to the busy street, feeling fully pampered, relaxed, and able to breathe with ease.

“It’s nice to relax,” Leonor responded to my inquiry about why it’s better for busy and hard working students to take time out of their day for a quick, and cheap, treatment. That is certainly an understatement. Knowing full well the demanding schedule of someone balancing school, work, and a social life, I know how hard but incredible it is to take time out of your day to treat yourself to a pampering of some sort. But after spending an hour in Elegant Nails and Spa, I can assure you that whether it’s a ten-minute massage, facial, or manicure and pedicure it is most definitely worth the trip. Of course you can paint your own nails at home or try to DIY a facial, but you’ll lose the professional aspect as well as the feeling of being pampered and completely at peace.

Exiting Elegant Nails and Spa, I promised Leonor I would be back in a couple weeks for another flawless manicure. It was almost surprising stepping out of such a magically calm surrounding and entering the busiest and most hectic city on the Earth. The soothing lullaby turned to cars honking, the beige colors to grey cement, the wafting of lavender to street meat, and it seemed to be a completely different world. I realized the importance of escaping this anxiety and the stress and expectations of college life to just be able to sit, relax, and breath without constant interruption for one hour. What a concept.

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