Huntington residents who are stressed about the pandemic, the economy and the snow have a new way to relax and forget their troubles for 15 minutes.
Revive Health Studio, which opened Dec. 2 at 44C Gerard St., offers sessions on a TuneBed, which combines soothing sounds and vibrations to promote mental and physical relaxation. In addition to the TuneBed, which is secluded behind curtains that block out light, the studio sells 30 brands of non-toxic, chemical-free products, many from local manufacturers.
While many small businesses have been struggling to stay afloat in the pandemic, Jenna Schulman began developing her new business during the lockdown last spring.
“I had been working in sales at a high-end car dealership, and it was very stressful,” she says. “There was so much pressure to push, push, push and make one more sale. I was getting burnt out.”
Schulman happened to meet one of the co-founders of Tune, whose TuneBeds are now available in corporate and retail settings.
“When I heard about the product, I thought, ‘That’s something I need in my life,’” Schulman says.
Once the pandemic started, Schulman became increasingly uneasy about pushing luxury goods when people were losing their jobs, businesses and loved ones.
“Everyone around me was stressed, and I decided I wanted to do something that would promote wellness and help the community feel better,” she says.
Last May, Schulman, who is a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, began working on a wellness business centered around the TuneBed.
“I wanted to open a studio that would be a mental health space and that would offer people a sigh of relief,” she says.
A Huntington resident, Schulman knew she wanted her business to be located in the village.
“It took a while to find the right space,” she says. “Huntington is a mini-Manhattan rent-wise – it’s a little higher than other places around here – and it was a little scary, especially since I was opening during COVID.” Many of the spaces available were larger than she needed – 2,000 square feet or more. She finally found her 700-square-foot store, which had been vacated by Fetch, a dog boutique that had moved to larger quarters on New York Avenue.
Early December was the perfect time to open.
“We were swamped with people buying gifts,” she says.
Since Christmas, retail sales have dropped off, but TuneBed bookings have risen.
Sessions, which are 15 minutes long, can be booked online. The introductory session is $10. After that, single sessions are $20. Packages of five, 10 and 20 sessions are available, with volume discounts; a 20-session package costs $280, or $14 per session. Gift cards are available.
“People who are working from home come during the day. Some people have a health routine where they walk around town and pop in and Tune, and a lot of moms come in,” Schulman says. “It’s the perfect reset.”