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4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
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- Good for Couples
This venue is closed.
From the street, Sunlight Bodywork’s windows, grimed with dust and decorated with buzzing neon come-ons, evoke its Hong Kong roots. But patrons of the anti-luxe massage spa, who swear by the therapeutic benefits of its bodywork and reflexology, don’t visit Sunlight to be spoiled. They come to get walked on, kneaded, pushed, prodded, and (gently) beaten into happy submission. The spa’s staff practices Qi Gong Tui-Na and Shiatsu techniques—a sign in the slightly seedy reception area reads “No Western Massage”—and foot reflexology, which links specific locations on your dogs to internal organs and body systems. Trouble is, many of the masseuses speak scant English, so clients who wish to actually understand the connection between their toes and what’s above may be out of luck. On the upside, the spa offers special massages for back and neck pain, sports and other overuse injuries, along with what they describe as “stress disorder” (aka, life in New York). The low privacy quotient—it’s easy to hear the grunts and murmurs from adjacent massage areas—is somewhat mitigated by the very reasonable rates. But if you’re looking for creature comforts, you’ll have to look elsewhere.Discounts
Discounts are available for sessions longer than an hour.
Sunlight has a side-by-side room for couples massage and offers group discounts for parties of four or more. Group and couples arrangements require advance booking but individual walk-ins are welcome during business hours.
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