This NYC Hotel Will Send an Intuitive Healer to Your Room

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Wellness Editor29 June 2018

When it comes to hotel wellness amenities, a basic spa just doesn’t cut it anymore. Case in point: The James in New York, which is taking things to another level with on-call healers.

Earlier this year, the hotel announced that it was teaming up with some of the city’s foremost experts to create an in-room wellness program. Dubbed Four Bodies Wellness, it addresses physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health with guided videos and in-person sessions.

Taking care of guests’ physical wellbeing is Michael Olajide Jr., an ex-championship fighter and the founder of Aerospace studio. Olajide Jr.’s boxing-inspired workout blend cardio routines with strength exercises that work in the confined space of a hotel room. Resistance bands (and even IRL sessions) are available on request for those who want to increase their burn.

Order a reiki healer from room service at The James New York | © Milada Vigerova / Unsplash

The mental health aspect of the program comes courtesy of Inscape—a serene meditation studio in Chelsea, Manhattan. As well as receiving priority access to the brick-and-mortar location, guests will receive a complementary month of guided meditations on the Inscape app to use anywhere and anytime they please.

The James enlisted Guru Jagat, a senior kundalini yoga teacher and the founder of RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology, to provide the spiritual component of the program. Her on-demand yoga videos are designed specifically to aid jet lag and reduce stress, contributing to a more restful stay.

So far, so on-trend. The James is hardly the first hotel to offer workout/yoga videos and guided meditations, but its Readers on Room Service might just be one-of-a-kind in New York.

Curated by Ruby Warrington, founder of The Numinous and author of Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life (2007), it gives guests in-person access to a variety of vetted “intuitive counselors,” including hypnotists, reiki healers, sound-bath facilitators, tarot readers, and astrologists.

It’s a niche service, no doubt—and with prices starting at $130 for a 60-minute session it’s not exactly cheap—but an NYC vacation might be the ideal time for the wellness-curious to explore what makes them feel good.

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