A new wellness center opened last month at Eighth Avenue and Eighth Street, and it’s offering some exciting ways for Park Slopers to explore holistic healthcare.
The services at Slope Wellness are divided among oriental medicine (acupuncture and herbology), bodywork (massage, reflexology, and a “deep tissue manual therapy” known as rolfing), and naturopathic nutrition consultations. In addition to one-on-one treatments, the center offers community acupuncture sessions once or twice a week (schedule available here). Performed in semi-private sections of their studio room, these group sessions are offered at a significantly lower rate than the individual treatments ($60 vs. $160 for initial & consultation, $40 vs. $100 for follow-up treatments), making it much more accessible to those curious about the experience.
I stopped by the center for a treatment with practitioner Holly Burling, being an acupuncture newbie myself. For the uninitiated, here is a quick rundown of what you can expect:
The space is immediately inviting, and you’ll be greeted in the reception area with some paperwork and an offer of free tea or cucumber-infused water while you fill it out. (Slope Wellness is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Landmark, and Oxford, and will happily check out-of-network coverage for other insurance plans.) Once that is done, you’ll be asked to take off your shoes, which you can swap for their in-house slippers if you’d like. Then you’ll be taken into a private treatment room.
(Photo via Slope Wellness)
You’ll sit with your practitioner for an initial consultation to figure out your treatment plan and go over any specific ailments or concerns you’d like to focus on– the discussion of which, to be quite honest, is already a bit therapeutic in itself. The treatment, depending on your individual goals, can last up to thirty minutes or so. For what it’s worth– and keep in mind, reactions to the needles will vary from person to person– it didn’t hurt! And that’s coming from someone who practically passes out whenever a doctor even mentions taking blood. In fact, the entire experience was calming, a bit meditative, and certainly rejuvenating.
The spa offers six-month memberships with discounted rates for those who know they’ll be regular clients; you can find information on rates and included benefits for each membership here. Those who work in allied healthcare, wellness, or movement arts are eligible to free professional memberships, which gives 20% off treatments and double reward points.
In addition to these memberships, Slope Wellness also offers reward points for all clients, whether they have memberships or not, which accumulate when trying new services or referring new clients, and which translate into money toward your next treatments.
If you’re planning to check out the spot, stop in next week while they celebrate Wellness Week. They’ll be offering 30 minute massages for $40 (regularly $55) from April 15 – 21. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with deals and events, and check out more detailed service descriptions and pricing at their website. For more information, email [email protected] or call (718) 415-0738.
Slope Wellness is located at 816 8th Avenue between 8th & 9th Streets. Open Monday & Wednesday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., closed on Tuesdays.