Here are three local businesses focusing on relaxation, restoration and rejuvenation for all five senses.
Floating away everyday stress
Adam Metcalf, the owner of newly opened Alive+Well in Bee Cave, purchased a salt water float pod for clients—a first for the area, he said. The tank in its own private room is a car-sized fiberglass-like dome with a lid in which a client floats in a dense solution of salt water for up to 90 minutes at a time. The concept is not new. The pods used to be known as sensory-deprivation tanks.
“I think [the float tank idea has] resurfaced because we are all so inundated every day with noise, so we need something to be able to disconnect and slow down,” Metcalf said.
“You can listen to music if you like, leave the light on, but it allows you to meditate much easier, to get into the theta state [an output of electrical brainwave activity associated with wakeful, relaxed attention according to scientific research].”
Metcalf said floating is also good for musculoskeletal aches because it takes away what gravity does to a body by allowing clients to float in 900 pounds of Epsom salts.
3944 S. RM 620, Bldg. 6, Bee Cave
Making wellness a routine
Escape. Balance. Heal. Those words make up the corporate mantra for Modern Acupuncture. Westlake-area franchisee Brennan Quinn said he was intrigued by the community-based practice model that he said offers an approachable, natural pathway to make acupuncture more accessible.
Acupuncture is the ancient method of helping to realign the body’s energy centers by inserting small, sterile needles into parts of the body for a short period of time.
“People living very busy lives, usually those people don’t have two hours to make an [acupuncture] appointment. The [business] model makes it very convenient to get a 30-minute session located near a center of daily living,” Quinn said, noting every Modern Acupuncture store is in an area by a grocery store—in this case the Randalls in Westlake.
Quinn opened his space last December. Another franchisee is planning to open in Bee Cave later this summer, Quinn said.
3300 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 610, Austin
Reconnecting with friends
Christie Garbe held a ribbon cutting at Serasana Bee Cave on May 24 with the hopes of making her new business space a place of respite and community so people can be more present with themselves and their loved ones.
“We believe that by regular participation in yoga practice, body work, acupuncture and drinking restorative teas, your health and wellness will be improved,” said Garbe, adding that getting into a weekly routine has the most benefits.
“We focus specifically on reducing chronic stress and pain. We are barraged by so much [of it] in our lives,” Garbe, who has practiced yoga for more than 13 years, said. She previously worked as chief strategy officer with Central Health helping low-income, uninsured Travis County residents.
“Tea is an essential component of what we do. Instead of coming to a yoga class and leaving, we have an intentionally designed space for people to gather, to sit and talk face to face, and build meaningful relationships, which are important to our longevity,” Garbe said.
15500 W. Hwy. 71, Ste. 250, Bee Cave