The Rivertowns Offer Plenty of Options for Relaxation and Personal Restoration

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by Barbara Moroch – 

Okay, the holidays are over and there’s one last person you may have overlooked during the season of giving — yourself!  Start the new year off with some “me” time; perhaps go for some restorative pampering, or hit the gym to get back in shape after weeks of festive indulging. The rivertowns are home to many fine spas and fitness centers that are ready to help you look and feel your best.

Sankara Spa of The Castle Hotel and Spa

Set on a stunning hilltop with astonishing views of the Hudson River Valley, Sankara Spa’s location is the highest point in Westchester. Prepare to be pampered with relaxing treatments and superb service that will make you feel like true royalty. Whether you have come to escape for some rest and relaxation, join with your spouse for a couple’s massage, or gather with friends for girls’ Spa Day, Sankara promises the ultimate in luxurious pampering. The 8,000-square-foot spa features amenities such as a fully equipped gym, yoga or Pilates room, separate male/female steam room, Jacuzzi, and more. A wide variety of luxurious spa treatments are available, based on Sankara’s art of natural therapy, where all the senses are awakened by the unique holistic spa concept. It aims to rediscover inner physical and mental wellness offered in a wide range of treatments including the Sankara Signature Massage – a deep-tissue massage using palm strokes, thumb pressure, and traditional technique to relieve and heal muscular pains. Couples treatment, Swedish massage, body scrub, facials and spa packages are also available. Private health and fitness classes can be made by reservation. Special Offer> For January 2020, get a 10% discount on a body scrub and any facial treatment Monday-Friday; or get a 10% discount for a small group (up to six guests) for private mat Pilates/yoga/meditation class. Call for details and appointment.

400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown, 914-524-6392. Visit

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ABOVE: Take a relaxing Jacuzzi at The Castle Sankara Spa. Photo: Federico Photography.

Rivertowns Pilates

You want strength. You want control. You want increased muscle strength and tone. You want Pilates! This boutique, full-service studio features Pilates machines, personal service, affordable prices and, best of all, results. Skilled instructors tailor programs to your unique needs, goals and strengths to create fresh, challenging and rewarding sessions. Exercises are adapted appropriately for each body. Various packages are available; call for details. Special Offer > Get a free 30-minute private machine session; refer a friend who buys a package and earn free Pilates; if you own a business or work in Tarrytown, get $25 off your Pilates package purchase.

37 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-882-7446. Visit

Shames JCC

The JCC has become a focal point in the rivertowns community — a gathering place for personal enrichment by offering a wide variety of social, recreational and cultural opportunities guided by Jewish values but open to other faiths. Their robust fitness program features a state-of-the art gym facility, a wide array of exercise classes including Zumba, cycle, cardio workouts, bootcamp, and aquatics programs tailored to all fitness levels. Added Lisa Bruskin, assistant general manager/fitness, “Life can be quite stressful at times and to counter that, our yoga programs are amazing here, such as Vinyasa, Hatha Flow and Tai Chi, in addition to meditation classes. There’s so much here to revitalize your mind and body!” Special Offer > Join today and get one month free! Offer ends 1/31/20.

371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. 914-366-7898. Visit

ABOVE: Aqua aerobics are offered at Shames JCC.

Snap Fitness 24/7

Exercise at your convenience! Snap Fitness is open 24 /7, 365 days a year, so you can get fit when it fits your schedule. Membership is limited to ensure no overcrowding and plenty of space for everyone. Featuring state-of-the art gym equipment, in addition to group and personal training to give you the motivation and expertise to help you achieve real results, and tech-driven workouts so you can track your progress with every heartbeat. The gym offers everything from basic functional workout options that focus on basic movements, to MYFIT high intensity workouts. Special Offer > No enrollment fee for new members who mention The Hudson Independent and sign up in January for a 12-month membership. (A $99 value.) Offer good through 1/31/20.

69 N. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-499-3999.


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ABOVE: SNAP Fitness in Tarrytown is open 24/7 for your convenience.


Offering both in-studio and online subscriptions, Barre3 is functional training with a twist. Rooted in three fitness disciplines—ballet barre, Pilates and yoga—Barre3 workouts will have you feeling strong and balanced inside and out as you build lean muscles and a strong core, while decreasing your stress level and boosting your confidence! No experience required. Play Lounge is on-site and available for children. The January Challenge New Client Special > Join now for an online subscription at just $29; or an in-studio subscription at $99. Both include a host of benefits. Barre3 subscriptions and barre3 studio unlimited class packages begin at the time of purchase and are available through Feb 2, 2020. Limited-time offer good for new clients only. Call for details.

42 Chestnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. 914-478-1412. Visit

ABOVE: Barre3 workouts are designed to build strength and balance.

Spa Lamya

Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference in making you feel your best. Walk into Irvington’s Spa Lamya and let their friendly and knowledgeable technicians go to work on you. Start with a relaxing and rejuvenating facial and go for a whole new look with a fresh hairstyle and/or hair color. Don’t forget the mani/pedi, and a massage to help reduce everyday stress and improve posture. Waxing and tanning services are also available. After all the pampering, walk out feeling better than ever!

98 Main St, Irvington. 914-231-6755.

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Oasis Day Spa

Make a day of it at the spa that’s been named “Best of Westchester” by Westchester Magazine. Oasis offers an outstanding variety of massage techniques including Swedish, sports, deep tissue and specialized massage. Follow that up with invigorating body scrubs, hydrating wraps and a full body spray tan. Special Offer > Save 10% when you book a scrub & wrap combo. Some restrictions apply. Throughout the year Oasis Day Spa features a variety of Spa Specials for you to enjoy.

50 Hamilton St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-409-1900. Visit

PUSH Personal Training

Want to get a great workout but hate the crowds and waiting for machines? PUSH offers clients of all fitness levels an opportunity to train in a comfortable setting, without the interruptions that come with a traditional gym. This modern, bright and spacious facility has state-of-the-art equipment that’s ready when you are. Here, your workouts are just that — yours, as you can focus on your form and endurance and get the results you want. There are programs for everyone, regardless of age, gender, skill level or athletic/fitness goals. Trainers are National Academy of Sports Medicine certified. “Get Started” Offer > $149. Get three personal training sessions that includes 1 fitness assessment to individualize your program. To be completed within 2 weeks of first visit. A $285 value.

50 South Buckhout Street, #304, Irvington. 914-274-8388. Visit

ABOVE: One-on-one training is the mantra at PUSH Fitness.

Anytime Fitness

Looking to shed those extra pounds you piled on during the holidays? Or maybe your New Year’s resolution is to re-create yourself with a whole new look that speaks to fitness, strength and health. Whatever your motivation, Anytime Fitness will help you every step of the way. “We’re a warm and welcoming gym community that’s ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels,” noted Chris Picciano, manager of the gym. Special Offer > Join in January for $50 and included is a 21-day Transformation Program, small group training sessions with a personal trainer at no additional cost.

218 S. Highland Avenue,
Ossining, NY. 914-487-8033.

Visit gyms/4704/ossining-ny-10562.

ABOVE: Anytime Fitness offers programs geared for people all ages and fitness levels.

Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center

A not-for-profit community dedicated to creating a sacred space for those yearning to deepen their connection to soul, to spirit, to life and to the moment. Classes in yoga and movement are influenced by the Kripalu tradition; the center offers meditation and contemplative practices, live music, comparative spiritual exploration, holistic health and energy healing, and more. Coming January 11 > “BeComing: Gateway to the Sacred Feminine – A Sacred Circle of Sisters.”  In this workshop led by Patricia Laufer, the goal is to tap into our spirit guides through channeling practices, allowing us to experience a deeper connection to source, creativity and our deepest truth. 1-4 p.m.

343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Visit

ABOVE: Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center fosters a deeper connection to soul, to spirit, and to life.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa

Take a trip up to Rhinebeck for an extended immersion in luxury and pampering. The Inn is reminiscent of an old-world chic Parisian Hotel, yet with all the modern comforts that today’s travelers expect, with 50 well-appointed guest rooms. The 12,000 sq. ft. spa features 14 treatment rooms, a European-style resting area, a year-round Aqua Terrace with thermal pool, eucalyptus-infused steam room, Himalayan salt sauna, massage, and the latest in fitness equipment. Special Offer > “Hand and Sole Winter Therapy” – a signature manicure and pedicure for $99. Good through the month of January. Some restrictions apply.

46 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY. 877-647-2328. Visit


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