Ever notice that getting a manicure can be a little awkward? Yes, it’s a totally relaxing way to pamper yourself (and make sure your nail polish looks fab)—it’s just that you’re sitting across from a (likely) stranger and surrendering your hands to them for half an hour, unable to really do anything.
Which means that it might be an ideal time to…meditate.
It’s a concept that hasn’t escaped Amyling Lin, founder new nail salon-slash-meditation studio Sundays. “I got this idea because I saw so many clients just closing their eyes during their manicures,” she says. “It’s the perfect moment where you can get relaxed and just in your own zone. So many women feel like it’s the only time that’s their own where no one is bothering them, so I realized it’s a great moment to meditate.”
“So many women feel like it’s the only time that’s their own where no one is bothering them, so I realized it’s a great moment to meditate.”
Sundays, situated in New York City’s Nomad neighborhood, offers headsets to customers so they can go through a guided meditation during their treatment. That said, you’re of course free to do it your way. (If you need somewhere to start, check out these pro tips.)
But most importantly, Lin notes that it’s not about how you meditate, just that you take the moment to recharge and rewind. “Through practicing this mindfulness, it helps your mind feel relaxed,” she says. Of course, that’s a bonus on top of a hand massage. And “coming to” after a meditation with totally chic nails? That’s a beauty treatment I can get behind.
Sundays, 51 East 25th St., New York, NY 10010, (646) 998-5711, dearsundays.com