I love lights. There’s a certain mystic energy that lights emit that I connect with. And I’m always a fan of festivals, I appreciate the togetherness that they bring. So what could be better than a combination of the two?
The First Annual New York Festival of Lights (or NYFOL- New Yorkers love acronyms even if they are not helpful in deciphering what they are describing) in Dumbo! So this weekend a friend & I traveled down to Brooklyn to see what the hype was all about.
Light inspired events let me know that the holiday season is officially upon us. The experience was a bit nostalgic for me because as a child I would visit the Festival of Tree every year with my girl scout troupe. I even went to the festival of lights at the Botanical Gardens once (in Atlanta, I’m not sure if that’s an event here in New York.)
There were a number of light shows all three nights paired with music or poetry. There were a live performances. There was also a number of communal events for all to enjoy, take for the instance the heart filling station, where participants entered a tent and were submerged in love evoking images shown onto two of the walls of the tent. On the remaining walls were art pieces with similar messages.
Also, it’s always a pleasure to take part in the first of any event, (especially if it’s a free event, gotta get it before they start charging!) This event was successful, so I am sure that it will continue to happen for many years to come. I will be attendance for sure.
It’s about that time… Midterms! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the free benefits offered at the FIT Health Center. Midterms is the time to check in with yourself to make sure you’re staying healthy and sane during midterms.
Acupuncture: I know this can seem a little scary due to the number of little needles pocking your body, but it’s not nearly as frightening as it seems. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, I’ve gone twice already and am always completely at peace, usually I just fall asleep. When I wake up the acupuncturist has some type of helpful commentary. The first time I went she immediately took note of the minor scoliosis located in lower part of my back. She said as a result my body is a little off center, with one of my legs being a shorter than the other (it’s okay you can laugh). Anyways, she’s really kind and always make sure that you’re at ease.
Massage: this semester I had my very first FIT massage. The messuage was very respectful, clean and attentive to your body’s responses. She constantly checked in with me to make sure that nothing was painful. I was also very relaxed here as well (that’s the point, right?) It was particularly helpful for me because she often works with a number of athletes and dancers, and used to be a dancer herself so she knows the wear and tear that comes with it. As an aerialist who trains at least 4.5 hours weekly, having someone who is familiar with a dancer’s body was comforting.
Nutritionist: I am more physically active than I have been in a long time. As a result, I decided get a general check up on my eating habits and make sure that my body is getting all the nutrients it needs to operate at the optimal level. The nutritionist listened to all dietary concerns (I’m a vegetarian concerned that recently I’ve been replacing meat with too much carbs) and had plenty of suggestions and take home information. Some of the sheets were how to give your body what it needs for really cheap (golden information for us college students). She even suggested to get some bloodwork done (also at FIT for cheap/free) to make sure that I have all of full of the necessary nutrients and vitamins.
As I’ve mentioned before, you don’t have to be wealthy to be taken care of. It’s up to each ourselves to make sure that we give our body and spirit what it needs!
So let’s talk about stress. It’s one of those necessary evils that we all experience. Actually, research shows that it can be helpful, it propels us to get moving, to accomplish goals, but too much and it becomes detrimental. With all the resources at/ near FIT, there’s absolutely no reason to be a victim of chronic stress.
The health center is well equipped to handle all of your de-stressing needs. There is free counseling, a nutritionist ( during high stress periods people tend to the wrong food or don’t eat at all). Not to mention the masseuse who also does acupuncture. She only comes twice a week and her schedule for the entire semester fills up pretty fast, so you have to sign up early to ensure a spot. There’s also a yoga club and a plethora of other free events offered around the Chelsea area. During the summer there are free classes for yoga and fitness training in the park. I have ventured to the park for one of these free work outs. It was way more intense than I had anticipated. Since I never work out, I certainty felt healthy afterwards, even that lady knocked all the wind of me. She had us running laps around the park and jumping hurdles and other craziness. It was feel my body in motion, but it was rather embarrassing that some of these free events. A quick web search will prove just how easy it is to find all of these free classes.
As important as it it maintain a healthy body, it is equally as important to maintain a healthy mind and spirit. I always on the move, either on the train, or in class, or working but I try to make living a balanced life a top priority of mines.So, once a week I try to make it out to (free) meditation. There are several places where free meditation is offered as well, but the place nearest FIT is at the Chelsea Studio, located just one block over.
Stress is an inescapable part of reality, especially being a student. Trying to escape stress is not the goal, the goal is responding to it healthy manner. There’s no reason to be stressed when there are so many (free) options at your disposal.