New York City Spas Offering Power Naps
In any big city- there are spas for just about any service- from massages to facials. But some places are offering different treatments-- for those who are overworked and under-rested. Ebru News reporter Kerry Ederer visited a spa in NYC to learn more about the trend of power napping.
It's no secret, many of us are tired. Here at Yelo Spa on 57th Street in New York City, there's a special service for those of us who didn't get enough sleep the night before.
Owner Nicolas Ronco said, "I used to be in the corporate world, I used to work for Time Warner...and like everyone else, by 3pm, I was extremely tired."
So three years ago, Ronco opened Yelo Spa, a place where New Yorkers could relax, destress-- and most importantly, nap. The signature treatment here is called the Yelo Nap.
"I really wanted to build the ideal napping environment. Even better than when you were five and your mom was tucking you in," Ronco said.
Customers take Yelo naps in increments-- for example, a 20 minute nap is 15 bucks. The service is offered in these pod-like structures-- fittingly, called yelo cabs. Everything from the lighting to the Yelo chair was scientifically tested -- to offer the perfect rest.
"The Yelo chair is a zero gravity chair that will put your legs slightly above your head...that will change the blood flow of people,b as well as the center of gravity- so it's going to relieve your lower back," Ronco said.
Customer Hemmendy Nelson said "it moves you back so that you're automatically breathing deeper as soon as you recline- and then, you're just sort of forced to relax."
Hemmendy Nelson says the nap helps her to get through her busy workday. She works right across the street -- and she's been a regular customer since the place opened.
"I went in, I realized what they do here, you can get your nap in a segment...you can pick your segment. I went in, for a 20 minute nap, and I became a believer, right away," she said.
"When people leave here they don't feel disoriented, like, I don't know what happened...they feel they came back to life, but they feel rested," Ronco said.
Ronco says his spa is helping to address the problem of sleep deprivation- which affects millions of people in the U-S. A 2009 study conducted by the National sleep foundation found that 64 percent of people experience a sleep problem at least a few nights a week.
Jack Paddison, a New York City student, said "we've got so many demands upon us, that we just get less and less sleep, especially for me, a college student, you've got so much stuff to take care of day to day that the recommended seven to eight hours sleep just never actually happens."
"We had a lot of medical evidence that napping was good for weight loss, was good for the immune system, was good for your heart. It basically might save your life," Ronco said.
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