Brooklyn has so much to offer – from a variety of restaurants and cafes, shops, cultural institutions and more. However, this New York City borough also offers many options for those looking for natural healing alternatives. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.
Element Natural Healing Arts
Started in 2001 by Christina Morris, Element Natural Healing Arts has been a great alternative for those looking for natural approaches to medicine. A long list of services, including Rolfing (deep tissue massage that helps to restore the body’s myofascial system), Structural Decompression (realignment of the primary skeletal system), Lymphatic Drainage (touch therapy to enhance the circulation of the lymphatic system) and Herbology, among many more, are offered. Their organic and ayurvedic facials are also quite popular.
Just steps from beautiful McCarren Park is an urban sanctuary where you can go to feel refreshed, rejuvenated and reinvigorated. Alignment yoga, vinyasa yoga and restorative yoga are just some of the many classes offered at Awakening Center. Many other specialty workshops, services and events also take place at the center. These include Wild Women Moon Circle, which is an evening of inner awakening, creation and community, and soul therapy, a service that helps you connect with your inner self.
Brooklyn Acupuncture Project
The Brooklyn Acupuncture Project is a collective of practitioners, supporters and patients who all work together to make affordable acupuncture available in Brooklyn. Situated in Gowanus, BAP offers services beyond acupuncture, which include: Moxabustion (technique of burning an herb over an acupoint), Gua Sha (a technique used to get blood flowing through tense muscles), Ear Seeds (the ear is a microsystem of the whole body and a small seed may be placed with surgical tape to the part of the body you are working on) and more. They also offer sliding scale community acupuncture rates based on yearly income, to ensure that everyone can gain the benefits of this natural healing method.
Carriage House Birth
Carriage House Birth in Williamsburg strives to provide a supportive family system and peaceful, comfortable space for those who are expecting or who have just given birth. Headed by doulas Samantha Huggins, Domino Kirke and Lindsey Bliss, Carriage House Birth also offers workshops and services such as Craniolsacral Therapy, Infant Movement Therapy and Reiki Healing Sessions as well as Lactation Support. Doulas and post-partum doulas are also always available for advisement for women looking for an all-natural birth.
Kadampa Meditation Center
Sometimes we just need to close our eyes, take a few breaths, relax and be reminded that everything will be okay. The Kadampa Meditation Center can help us refocus and heal by teaching us to do just that – quiet our minds which can then help calm our bodies. Started over twenty years ago, Kadampa is a peaceful sanctuary located in the lively Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. There are numerous classes offered each day, including Lunchtime Meditation for those who just need 30 minutes during their busy workday to regroup. Kadampa Meditation Center also has a Chelsea location right off the 1, N, R and M stations for those located on the Manhattan side of the East River.
Neighborhood Natural Medicine
In a spacious loft off of the Lorimer L station in East Williamsburg is Neighborhood Natural Medicine – an inviting, peaceful space where you can find solace and healing. Neighborhood Natural Medicine uses acupuncture, herbology and other ancient medicines to help heal and restore the body. I have personally been going to Neighborhood Natural Medicine for the past month for ailments that I once thought were hopeless, but from which I am now beginning to find relief. Whether you are suffering from pesky back pain or a hormonal imbalance, Neighborhood Natural Medicine is always a great idea.
Slope Wellness, in Park Slope, is the perfect place to go if you are looking for natural medicine for the whole family – for infants to the elderly, from joint pain to digestive disorders. A myriad of services including acupuncture, Chinese herbology, reflexology, nutrition, the Alexander technique (posture improvements to help correct chronic stiffness and stress) and more are all offered at Slope Wellness.
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