AIRE ANCIENT BATHS
January has 31 Days of Wellness! Our monthlong journey through the wellness landscape continues with more of the most buzzed about trends, classes, and studios. Yoga, meditation, sleep, breathwork, cleanses, sensory experiences, restorative therapies, and more… it’s about looking good AND feeling good in 2018!
Day 8: AIRE ANCIENT BATHS. Communal Bathhouses have long been a part of every culture from the Arabic hammam to the Roman thermae to the Russian banya. The design and architecture of these spaces are as much a part of their rich history as the restorative effects of the thermal waters themselves. Following in this tradition is Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca, with other locations in cities worldwide.
All Aire Ancient Baths are located in restored historical buildings in the heart of a bustling city. The Tribeca location is underground in what was a textile factory originally built in 1883. A gorgeous work of architecture, industrial yet serene in its design, it is now a totally immersive and relaxing wellness space, enhanced by the exposed brick, dim candlelight, and of course, the multiple glowing pools.
Each pool or bath is a different temperature and mineral composition, and provides a unique experience. We’ve all heard the expression “taking the waters” and that’s what I did in the 90-minute session that consists of a tour through the Caldarium (Hot Bath 102ºF), Frigidarium (Cold Bath 57ºF and Ice Bath 50ºF), Tepidarium (Warm Bath 97ºF), Balneum (Bath of a Thousand Jets), and Flotarium (Salt Water Bath). There is also the Laconicum (Steam Room with aromatherapy), as well as the salt exfoliation area. One can opt for a 30, 45 or 60-minute massage as well, in which I did indulge to top it all off, because when in Rome… wait, I’m in New York City! In this hidden oasis underground, you forget where you are. Read More