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CRYSTAL LIGHT

Crystal-based healing is on the rise

Once considered too woo-woo for the average consumer, the healing gemstone industry is now a billion dollar business and becoming more mainstream by the day. From crystal-infused beauty products to crystal-inspired design services, more entrepreneurs are harnessing the power of earthen objects to help people lighten their spiritual loads. 

KALISA AUGUSTINE

Like KonMari for your energy field, a chakra-scrubbing crystal bed therapy session with NYC-based practitioner Kalisa Augustine is reputed to help clients manage anxiety and boost vitality. The 25 to 40 minute sessions begin with a visual meditation in a spa-like setting. Light is then filtered through a 1.2 million-year-old Vogel-cut quartz crystal (cut in a specific geometric formation to transduce and amplify energy) and down to the client, a process said to aid in toxin release. Meanwhile, Augustine leads a sound bath to further the electromagnetic field's cleansing. While written off as pseudoscience by some, similar services are likewise gaining momentum.

THE CLASS

Taryn Toomey’s fitness experience, The Class, is designed to leave participants feeling physically and spiritually recharged, and its distinctive space is helping with the latter. Per Well+Good, the high vibe studio in Tribeca is filled to the brim with rocks that are carefully chosen for their healing qualities, starting with a crystal terrarium at the entrance. Clear quartz, said to promote feelings of balance, adorns light fixtures that resemble upside-down rock candy, while rose quartz, amethyst, and pyrite finishes throughout the studio promote positive thinking. The studio also features tourmaline and hematite beneath its floor, which reputedly cleanses the aura.

MAHA ROSE

Holistic healing center Maha Rose is a wellness oasis in Brooklyn offering a variety of therapies and training sessions for the spiritually inclined. In addition to services like acupuncture, breathwork, hypnotherapy, sound healing, reflexology and reiki, the center offers unique workshops and wellness experiences such as crystal fairs and ancient crystal skull readings. The founder, a jeweler and acupuncturist, also uses the space to sell jewelry, books, and—you guessed it—crystals.