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You Must Remember Bliss
Although Swedish massage remains the fallback the vanilla at 31 Flavors clients are starting to step out. They're asking for Reiki (gentle pressure on fifteen discreet areas of the body); cranio-sacral therapy (think of it as a great scalp massage); Lomilomi ("gentle loving touch" in Hawaiian; a combination of Reiki and the long, sweeping strokes of classic Swedish massage); aromatherapy (Swedish, with mood-enhancing smells); and Thai-yoga therapy, in which you lie on a mat and the therapist picks you up and stretches you out.
19 East 66th Street
$95 to $200 Trendy Rubdown:
You're basted with freshly grated gingerroot and essential oils, then left to simmer for twenty minutes in warm Mylar. When you're unwrapped, you get a Swedish-shiatsu mix for 100 minutes.
691 Fifth Avenue
$85 to $95 Trendy Rubdown:
Heated lava rocks warm muscles and joints, followed by Swedish techniques, to create a deep sense of relaxation.
Aroma, Swedish Massage
20 East 66th Street
$80 to $120 Trendy Rubdown:
Gentle pressure at the back of the neck improves the flow of cerebral-spinal fluid; helps the body to self-correct.
The Peninsula Spa
700 Fifth Avenue
$70 to $160 Trendy Rubdown:
You know it as a foot massage. Devotees believe certain metatarsal pressure points correspond to certain organs and glands, and that foot massage promotes balance and reduces tension.
Aroma, Pregnancy Massage
119 Mercer Street
$95 to $135 Trendy Rubdown:
Combines Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue (penetration of sub-layer of muscular tissue -- in other words, Owwwww), but in the end, relaxing and therapeutic.
Aroma, Thai Yoga
Stress Less Step
115 East 57th Street
$90 to $135 Trendy Rubdown:
You're on a floor mat, wearing pajama pants and a T-shirt, and given light finger pressure at various key points on your body. Can relieve arthritis and sinus congestion.
Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage