Me Time: A New Treatment Wants You to Close Your Eyes. What Do You See?

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Me Time

Don’t worry — crystals can help. We try out New Age-flavored healing in the fanciest of locations.

CreditRebecca Bird

My apartment was driving me mad. There was a leak in my roof that resulted in a light shower in my living room any time it rained. Three stories down on the street, Citi Bikes were being moved from one side of the street to another, resulting in a week of jackhammering.

A staycation was in order, so I checked into the Four Seasons New York Downtown for a night.

It was also an excuse to try out the Resident Healer program in its spa, which was introduced in March. There are three multidisciplinary sessions: Nuurvana Healing with Deganit Nuur, which combines clairvoyance and acupuncture; the Cristalline with Rashia Bell, who works with crystals to heal and harmonize the body; and Air Beautiful with Snow Shimazu, who specializes in wellness during travel through yoga, massage and meditation.

I think it’s worth mentioning that they are all women of color, which seems like a vital correction in the current climate of the wellness world — a place that, as one friend of mine put it, appears to be a sea of white ladies calling themselves shamans.

After checking in one Friday afternoon and taking a long bath with a whole package of CBD-infused bath salts I brought from home, I took the elevator down to the spa and slipped into what the Four Seasons advertised as “the most comfortable robe your skin has ever touched!” (It was a normal robe.) Ms. Nuur met me in the lounge and led me to the treatment room, where the massage bed was topped with a fluffy white blanket.

I crawled in facedown and Ms. Nuur stuck a few dozen acupuncture needles in me while we talked about my current state: I had twisted my wrist the day before and was overall frazzled.

The needles down my shoulders and spine were an acupuncture treatment called “stroking the dragon,” which is supposed to help the parasympathetic nervous system. When she barely ran her hand over the needles, it felt warm and tingly.

A few years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to stop going to psychics after I paid for a reading at which the clairvoyant spent the whole time telling me how she met her husband through online dating. So when Ms. Nuur’s guides started giving her messages about me, I was skeptical but also really, really wanted to hear what they had to say. The first advice she received about me was completely unexpected: Take a probiotic.

From there, the messages came fast (luckily she had advised me to turn on my phone and record everything): not to worry about other people’s success; that money wouldn’t be a problem; that I would meet a serious partner at a fancy party while laughing about how ridiculous it was.

The session ended with song bowls and burned sage. Ms. Nuur gave me a prescription-style sheet of paper telling me to buy probiotics, concentrate on hip and heart openers in my yoga practice, and to dance, chant and laugh more often. She even assigned me a personal mantra: “I do as I wish and allow others to follow.”

I don’t know if her predictions will come true or if they’re even meant to be taken literally. I do know that I felt relaxed and optimistic and immediately ordered probiotics.

I had matzo ball soup from room service for dinner and slept until 9:01 a.m., courtesy of blackout curtains. I returned to the spa to see Rashia Bell. I had expected crystal healing to be passive, sort of like acupuncture but with rose quartz applied to my body instead of tiny needles.

“Crystals are really just a good way to tap into your own intuition,” Ms. Bell said, which was also her guiding philosophy. She did lay various stones on my chakras to begin with, but what transpired was more like a guided meditation meets therapy session. She told me to visualize a clock spinning backward and to tell her what I saw.

There are moments in holistic sessions like this that can feel too out there, too spiritual for my hardened New York self. That’s when I try to take a deep breath and go with it, see what happens in the next hour. The worst outcome would be not wanting to do it again. So when I felt that initial resistance, I told myself to just say what I saw, and maybe I’d learn something.

There was a meadow, which changed to a cold coastal setting, maybe western Ireland (not that I’ve ever been). In a follow-up email, Ms. Bell noted what she had been doing while I had my eyes closed. When the landscape changed, she had placed black tourmaline and obsidian stones around the massage bed. It felt like I had family nearby, and Ms. Bell wondered if that might be a past or future life reference.

And so it transpired for the next hour, with Ms. Bell asking me what I saw and how I felt and changing out stones accordingly — she had several dozen to choose from. Sometimes the visions were of my past, some my future, and some more oblique.

The session felt cathartic and left me emotionally vulnerable in a way that a massage never has. We sat in chairs facing each other and went over what had happened. “Family was a recurring theme throughout,” Ms. Bell said. “This was an opportunity to explore what you want to create as far as family and relationships for the future.”

She gave me a packet of crystals and stones to take home. And after I checked out and resumed my normal Brooklyn life without stunning views or room service, I carefully arranged the crystals next to my bed. A little healing energy couldn’t hurt.

Nuurvana Healing with Deganit Nuur

What to Expect Ms. Nuur is a talented and charismatic acupuncturist who is very easy to talk to. Her healing sessions also include sound baths, essential oils and energy clearing. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and hopeful, and with some homework.

Price From $375 for 60 minutes.

The Cristalline with Rashia Bell

What to Expect Ms. Bell has an easygoing, almost reserved vibe, which works well for a crystal healing session that feels like a guided meditation meets talk therapy. Ms. Bell will send you home with crystals and a recap of the major themes that came up.

Price From $250.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

27 Barclay Street, 646-880-1990; fourseasons.com

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