After suffering from an auto-immune as a child, Amber Berger set out to empower her kids to take charge of their health. She discovered Halotherapy and wanted to share her mission ‘wellness together’ with the world. As a mother of 2, Amber founded Salthaus, New York’s first standalone modern salt room. An urban oasis providing Halotherapy, a 100% natural treatment, that reduces stress and anxiety, strengthens immunity, and boosts athletic recovery. Salthaus modernizes the experience of a natural salt cave. You can unwind and detox in a 45-minute halo session where you sit and breathe the dry, salty air to recharge your body and mind. The Beyond Mom team had a chance to experience a halo session and left feeling recharged inside and out and continued to feel the effect days later. Don’t miss a chance to experience Salthaus and read about Amber below.
“In the age of google we have all gotten used to asking for answers rather than searching from within. It was helpful for me to remember to not always seek an expert, as we may be our own best experts at the end of the day.” – Amber Berger
What makes you a Beyond Mom?
I think anyone who is a mother is a Beyond Mom. It is definitely the hardest job out there, plus there is no roadmap on how to do it best. I try to instill values in my children to foster becoming contributing citizens in the world. I tend to be very ambitious and I think showing my kids that with lots of hard work you can make your dreams a reality. I prioritize moments of being mindfully present for my family each day, putting the phone down and turning the music up for a dance party. I tend to put a lot on my plate and am obsessed with efficiency so trying to get thru my list of what I want to accomplish in a day and being present with my family is a win win.
What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a mom?
It was a big adjustment for me going from 1 to 2 kids. I am pretty particular about my schedule and have most of my days planned out strategically so I had to learn to ease up and accept that life does not always work according to the way you may want it to. Kids get sick, nanny’s call out, work meetings have to be moved…being flexible has been my biggest learning lesson to date and accepting that it is all OK at the end of the day.
Do you have a Beyond dream that you are pursing?
Yes! Health is always my #1 but as far as work goes I am living it right now with recently launching Salthaus. It was a dream of mine to create a space to help people along with their families feel better. Together with my co-founder, Stefanie Ruch, we are redefining wellness by making it social and available to all ages.
What relationships and activities help you stay connected to yourself?
I think self care is extremely important for us mamas and is usually the first thing to drop once we become mothers. I prioritize self care on a daily basis with little moments like dry brushing or adding adaptogens to my matcha. I also love to work out and make sure to fit it in my schedule every week along with monthly facials and acupuncture. A little tip – I make sure to schedule my next visit when I am there so I don’t forget. Self Care definitely makes me feel balanced and connected to myself.
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that you live by?
I like to do too much so I am trying to channel doing less, less is more.
What causes and topics are you most passionate about right now?
Empowering people to take charge of their own health to feel their best!
How do you think we can change our culture from one in which a woman is expected to be a “perfect mother” to one in which she is encouraged to discover and explore her evolving self?
I do not think there is such a thing as “perfect.” It’s not realistic and we have to break old stigmas about what role a woman plays in family life. We have come a long way since the 50’s but we have more to go. Men don’t get enough credit for when they are involved fathers and husbands. I think this needs to come to the forefront so people can see that men help too and it is not just all on the woman. With a more even split there is a way to make time for yourself and make sure you do not lose yourself as a mother.
Favorite go-to’s for:
Beyond Food (what do you cook & where do you go locally?)
Fresh organic food is a top priority for me and my family. I live at a Matter of Health for fresh ingredients to make home cooked meals most nights. Our household party trick is roasted everything! Japanese sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, you name it! Anything roasted tastes amazing.
My favorite restaurant on the Upper East is Candle Café. I even had it delivered to the hospital post the birth of my kids. As a family meal, Hillstone is a staple for us, especially for Saturday or Sunday lunch.
Beyond Content (Books & Podcasts)
I was never a big reader except on vacation. Once I started to envision Salthaus, I have become an avid reader. I typically only read business books in order to learn something new. Depending on what topic I am trying to uncover is usually the one by my bedside. My last book was This is Marketing by Seth Godin, I highly recommend it. It gives great perspective on how we need to tap into ourselves and stop outsourcing everything. I think in the age of google we have all gotten used to asking for answers rather than searching from within. It was helpful for me to remember to not always seek an expert, as we may be our own best experts at the end of the day.
Podcasts – I have recently picked this up and am trying to incorporate them while I am at the park with my kids. That may sound strange but if I am pushing my daughter on the swing or watching them run around the playground, it is a perfect 30 minutes to listen to a great interview. My go to’s are: Tribe of Mentors, Mentorbox, How I built This, Marie Forleo, Problem Solvers and Going Beyond with Randi Zinn.
If I was a spice girl, I would be Sporty Spice – I am very casual and comfortable during the day. Usually in jeans, sweater or tee and sneakers/boots. I love shoes & outerwear so those are the pop to my outfits. I walk everywhere as much as possible so comfortable shoes are a MUST for me.
At night I like to dress up. Before becoming a mom, I used to only wear high heels and was nicknamed “stiletto” at work so it’s my chance to rock those sky highs with tight pants and a fun top.
When I find something I love I am pretty loyal and stick to it. I started kickboxing before I got married and am obsessed with Powerstrike at Equinox. It has definitely become my other form of meditation outside of breathwork.
After my first child I started SLT and have not stopped since. It is an incredible exercise post baby to get your core back and is a great strength class that never gets easy so I keep coming back for more.