Hey, Menders! Thanks for following us around the globe with our Mend Guide to Retreats. Today we’re heading back to the East coast to share some of our favorite ways to stay on the mend in Boston.
Mend At The Museum
If you need a place to clear your head, take some time to get lost at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This gorgeous space is modeled after a Venetian palace and features historical and contemporary art. Spend a peaceful afternoon reading in the courtyard or enjoy some classical and jazz music in Calderwood Hall.
Taking time out of your busy schedule to enjoy beauty and art is a great way to relieve stress. Bring a book or journal and hide out at the Gardner for a few hours before facing the world again.
Pro tip: Free admission on your birthday or with a student I.D.
Channel Your Inner Book Worm
Don’t have the funds to travel? Getting lost in a book is the next best thing. Stop by The Brattle Bookshop and snag a few books to keep you busy (and off your phone). The Brattle Bookshop is one of America’s oldest and largest book shops, boasting over 250,000 books, prints, maps and postcards.
Pro tip: You can find “bargain books” ranging from $1-$5 in the adjacent lot.
Bliss + Brownies
So often we lose track of our self care routines when we’re going through a difficult period. Take your self care to the next level by paying a visit to Bliss Spa, a one-stop shop for hair, nails, massages, and facials. Grab a friend or go solo for the ultimate spa day.
You can release some tension with a full body massage or give your skin a treat with a tropical ginger and lime scrub. Also, make sure to take advantage of the lounge area before or after your treatment and enjoy some complimentary tea along with their brownie buffet.
Break A Swe(a)t
If you’re avoiding the gym or you hate gyms in general, maybe it’s time to check out a new option to ensure you’re getting the mood boost you need from exercise. Swet Studio is a multidisciplinary studio that offers yoga, rowing, and anti-gravity classes for all skill levels.
You can learn how to do pull-overs and flips in the aerial hammocks or a barre class to incorporate dance into your regular routine. Swet even offers a guided meditation class to help you relax while suspended in a floating silk hammock – sounds like a perfect thing to do.
Catch A Flick At Coolidge
If you’re dealing with cabin fever or having a hard time sleeping, stop in for the After Midnite program at Coolidge Corner Theatre, where you can catch some trippy, cult classics with other insomniacs. This is a fun way to brush up on your cinematic culture and maybe make some new friends along the way.