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Untraditional Ways to Manage Stress

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Jenn Leonard is the voice behind local running blog RunsWithPugs. She has lived in Northeast Florida for almost ten years, with her husband, son and grumble of pugs.

Stress: a five letter word that carries with it the weight of the world. Stress can affect everything from mood to productivity and can even negatively influence physical health, so keeping it in check is always desirable. There is no one tried and true way for handling it, but Jacksonville offers several untraditional means of keeping stress to a minimum.

Nail City and Salt Room Mandarin

10574 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

Services at Nail City and Salt Room can include a 45 minute session in their “salt room:” a soothing space, covered in salt, where clients can relax, inhale and absorb the pulverized salt. The treatment clears out mucous and soothes the respiratory system, for better health and mental calmness.

H20m Float Jacksonville

3546 St Johns Bluff Road South, Suite #105, Jacksonville, FL 32246

Achieve deep relaxation with a session in one of H20m Float’s special Pods. Clients float in a highly concentrated salt water solution. For the most tranquil experience, staff recommends floating in darkness without music, creating an environment of complete sensory deprivation.

Honeysett Acupuncture

1050 Riverside Avenue, Suite B, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Crediting the new popularity of cupping to Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, owner Haley Honeysett says “Our gentle cupping is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that uses special suction cups that create a negative pressure.” The improved blood circulation helps relax muscles and accelerates healing.

The Bow Acupuncture & Community Wellness

2715 Oak Street, Suite B, Jacksonville, FL, 32205

Acupuncturist Ronnie Yocham has created a space for patients to receive treatments in a community setting, just as it is done in China. This stress-relieving administration of needles also becomes more affordable in the community setting, allowing patients to take full advantage of series’ of treatments.


(Top photo courtesy of  Nail City and Salt Room Mandarin; second photo courtesy of H20m Float Jacksonville)