There are times when aromatherapy candles, soothing mood music, and gentle kneading just won’t unfurl the most stubborn of knots; times when something simple but more substantial is necessary. Enter Magic Fingers and its younger sibling, Super Magic Fingers, which offer Eastern practices like Tui Na, a rigorous Chinese massage method that activates the muscles, joints, and chi (lifeforce). The impeccably clean studios resemble a Far East Ikea—Zen-like, sparsely decorated, and likely feng shui-ed to perfection. Magic Fingers is not for the ultra modest, as only a gauzy champagne curtain separates clients within the communal massage room. Despite the group setting, the place is so quiet, you can almost hear an acupuncture needle drop. Black t-shirt- and jeans-clad staffers climb on all fours upon clients, applying full-body pressure to the tension-ridden as they rest face down on red canvas-covered tables. Regulars don’t seem to miss the lack of lavender-scented oils or plush changing rooms, happy instead with the supremely inexpensive and effective massages. Acupuncture, reflexology, and basic facials fill out the menu, but rubdowns are the main attraction here.
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