6 Ways to Get Some Zen - Cleveland Article
6 Ways to Get Some Zen
What’s a travel adventure without a little R&R? While Cleveland’s known for its bustling theater district, youthful downtown and incredible rock ‘n’ roll scene, the city does actually know how to sit back, relax and…breathe.
Whether you’re getting your muscles massaged or stretching into some serious sun salutations, there’s no reason you can’t get your Namaste on in C-town.
Marengo Luxury Spa: Downtown Cleveland’s population has grown by nearly 80 percent since the year 2000, its culinary offerings continue to expand at an astounding rate and the entire downtown scene is exploding. But it isn’t all lights-camera-action downtown all-day-every-day—especially inside the calming Marengo Luxury Spa located in the historic Old Arcade. Get your hair done, makeup touched-up or nails painted before a night out. But, if you’re going for relaxation, don’t miss one of their seaweed body wraps or aromatherapy massages.
River’s Edge Cleveland: Few experiences can compare to the zen-spirational offerings at River’s Edge Cleveland, a west-side retreat location that promotes reflection and action. This indoor/outdoor facility provides an impressive array of zen-ful programs centered on activities such as meditation, yoga, prayer, chanting, watercolor painting, creative writing, drumming, essential oils, acupuncture, reiki and reflexology. If classes and programs aren’t going to fit into your travel schedule, consider traveling to Cleveland for a retreat. River’s Edge Cleveland offers silent retreats, spiritual retreats and other multi-day retreats offering education and emotional support.
Spa West: Located 15 miles west of downtown Cleveland, Spa West isn’t just any spa—it’s the king of spas. While massive in size and available service options, you won’t feel that way with customized experiences for each guest. Spa West specializes in massages, body treatments, facials, hair salon services, manicures/pedicures, esthetics/skincare, cosmetic procedures and even make-up application. And, because of their impressive size, they can easily accommodate groups and couples.
Studio Cleveland: Vinyasa flow? Check. Restorative yoga? Got it. Ariel silks? Yep. You can find your zen in a variety of yoga classes offered at the studio located in the Flats district. But, if you really want to find internal harmony, consider Reiki energy healing, acupuncture, Thai scraping therapy or Indian ayurveda—all available at Studio Cleveland.
41° North: A long, warm afternoon coasting along the peaceful waters of Lake Erie. If that doesn’t scream “zen,” we’re not sure what does. Thanks to 41° North, located in Lakewood just outside of downtown, you have the opportunity to rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to reconnect with the natural world. Too much quiet time on your own? 41° North offers a variety of classes, trips and tours.
Vision Yoga & Wellness: While Ohio City’s Vision Yoga & Wellness offers a really nice variety of pilates and yoga classes ranging from gentle flow to power core, those visitors considering a full zen experience should opt for the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy where an instructor takes you through a physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual journey--on your own--to improve physical and mental well-being, promote greater emotional stability and think clearer.