4 Ways to Celebrate National Relaxation Day (August 15th)

Let’s face it: 2020 has been full of life challenges. And while there seems to be a “National Day” for everything in existence these days – don’t miss “Hobbit Day” on Sept. 22 – National Relaxation Day seems like a worthy one that is certainly worth celebrating.

Atlantic City is full of ways to relax, from hitting the spa to doing some calming exercise to spending a day lounging under the sun or sailing above the ocean. Here are four great ways to spend National Relaxation Day in Atlantic City

Rock Spa & Salon, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, South Tower, third floor

The Rock Spa is back, baby! The most indulgent – and newest – spa in Atlantic City returns offering many of the services you expect for an ultimate day of pampering.

With 31 newly designed treatment rooms, including 20 dedicated massage rooms, four facial rooms, two couples suites, three body treatment rooms, a full-service salon offering everything from manicures and pedicures to hair services, the Rock Spa lives up to its name in every way.

Part of the experience is to spend some extra time before or after a treatment in the co-ed Vitality pool area featuring large, heated whirlpools and a specialty shower with experiences that include “Cool Mist,” “Caribbean Rain” and “Atlantic Ocean.”

Full body treatments include deep tissue, romantic couples experiences and even athletic and therapeutic restoration needs.

On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, the Rock Spa is even offering Welcome Back Packages for some of their most popular treatments to make your decision to hit the spa a no-brainer! Their Soul Survivor Massage, a classic light to medium pressure massage, is just $85 for 50 minutes, $125 for 80 minutes, and you will even receive complimentary immune-boosting warrior blend aromatherapy. The 50-minute Signature Body Wrap ($85) allows you to start your detox process with a rhythmic dry-brushing followed by a detoxifying wrap to nourish your skin after spending time in the sun this summer, and the experience is capped by a foot massage and hydrating application for head-to-toe pampering.  And if you have been waiting to get that manicure and pedicure, there is no better place to do it than the Rock Spa, where you can enjoy an express mani/pedi for perfect nails and feet for just $60.

Let’s face it, we’re all stressed. With piles of responsibilities, kids, work, deadlines … we don’t always have time for a lengthy breather. So, it’s even more important to learn how to RELAX. That means to calm the mind, the body, or both. Get treated like a rock star at the Rock Spa!

All services at the Rock Spa are by appointment only; no walk-ins are accepted. So make your appointment by calling 609-449-5380 or go to HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com

Atlantic City Beaches

When people talk about Atlantic City, they mention the casinos, the restaurants, the Boardwalk, but sometimes they forget about the city’s best amenity: our gorgeous beaches.

August is arguably the best month to bask under the sun on our beaches as the temperatures becoming more comfortable after a blistering July while the water temperatures usually average in the mid to high 70s.

Unlike many other Jersey Shore beaches, Atlantic City beaches are narrow with the ocean just steps off the Boardwalk. Lifeguards are plentiful along its more than 4-mile stretch, and the pristine beaches are one of the best ways to social distance while still enjoying your summer.

One of the greatest parts of enjoying Atlantic City beaches is that food and refreshments are just a few steps away at various beach bars, including The Beach Bar at Hard Rock. Plus if you are more adventurous, there are plenty of beach activities available from volleyball to fishing and, of course, surfing.

So relax, hit the beach, take in the beautiful blue waters, the gorgeous skyline and take advantage of summer while it’s still here.

For a list of guarded beaches, rules and more go to AtlanticCityNJ.com

Yoga at The Leadership Studio, 161 S. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City

Just a few blocks from the Hard Rock, peace and exercise can be found at The Leadership Studio, a nonprofit yoga studio that is one of the centerpieces of The Orange Loop, an up-and-coming neighborhood full of restaurants, retail, music venues and more.

The idea to offer yoga to Atlantic City, which previously had no studios until The Leadership Studio opened in 2017, proved to be a good one. Their classes are not only well attended but the talk to of the community, which comes together in this intimate studio regularly.

Utilizing the Baptiste Power Yoga Methodology, most of the yoga is done in a heated environment, but all levels of classes from beginner to advanced and everywhere in between are offered.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about The Leadership Studio is that they welcome anyone and everyone, even those who may not be able to afford regular yoga studios. That means you pay what you can, if you can.

So start your day in Atlantic City with a relaxing physical and spiritual exercise, then spend some time in The Orange Loop by taking in lunch, dinner, music and more at stops including Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, Rhythm & Spirits and Bourre.

For a complete list of classes and more information, go to LeadershipStudioAC.com

Parasailing, Atlantic City Parasail, Gardner’s Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave.

Sometimes, a day of relaxation could include a little dose of adventure. The adrenaline might get pumping as a speedboat pulls you and a partner strapped to a parachute until you are flying high, but what could be more relaxing than floating in the sky, checking out the scenery and watching the blue ocean below you?

There are plenty of water sports options in Atlantic City, but none more fitting for National Relaxation Day than parasailing.

Rest assured, Atlantic City Parasail will make you feel safe as they use top-of-the-line equipment, including their Ocean Pro 31, a custom parasail boat that is Coast Guard certified to provide fun for individuals, couples and families.

With rates starting at about $80, the boat ride can last up to 90 minutes, and you are guaranteed at least 12 to 15 minutes of flight time, where you will soar 500 feet high.

Now that’s relaxation … with a rush!

Make a reservation by calling 609-345-1212 or go to AtlanticCityParasail.com.