If you’ve been making good on resolutions to yogacize daily, run at 5 a.m. or bench press twice your body weight by summer, perhaps it’s time to reward that self-abuse with a massage. The going rate for an hour’s rubdown at Kings County spas is anywhere from $80-$120, but our task was to find massages for $50 and under, preferably for an hour. It turned out that most of the deals we found were at Asian places. In the event that you are a massage noob, we’ve comprised an “Asian Massage Styles” mini-guide.
- Tui Na: The massage therapist kneads, rolls and brushes areas between each of the joints and stimulates acupressure points. Acupressure points are the junctures of energy pathways in the body (combination of the words “acupuncture” and “pressure”).
- Qi Gong: A style of massage that places emphasis on breathing and movement exercises. Similar to Tui Na in that it makes use of applying pressure to certain points and rolling/grasping/kneading techniques.
- Thai Massage: The massage therapist uses their hands, knees, legs and feet to move one into a series of yoga-like stretches.
Keep in mind that at most of these places, no frills is the operating principle. Paper screens and curtains separating massage tables are standard fare, as well as tables lined with paper towels. But at the end of your work (or out-of-work) day, your shoulders are knot-free and your wallet’s only slightly lighter.
Sunshine Best Body Work, 4 Park Place at Fifth Ave., Park Slope
30-minute Tui-Na or Qi Gong massage/$35
LV13 Spa, 157 N. 5th St. between Bedford and Driggs, Williamsburg
30-minute Tui-Na or Qi Gong massage/$30
Tai Shuang Spring Resort, 820 54th St., between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, Borough Park
Thai style massage – 60 minutes (including choice of facial or oil treatment)/$25
Foot or upper body massage – 60 minutes/$28
Qi Gong Tui-Na Salon, 655 Manhattan Ave., between Bedford and Norman, Greenpoint
30 minute massage/ $26
60 minute massage/ $50
Summer Day Spa and Bodyworks, 351 Flatbush Ave. at Park Place, Park Slope
60-minute Tui-Na or Qi Gong massage/$48
Also worth looking into is Third Root Community Health Center. For you super-alterna Brokelynites out there, Third Root offers massages based on a sliding scale. With their handy worksheet, the community center calculates your monthly income by taking into account various costs such as number of dependents, child care, tuition, HIV and AIDS medications, etc. Then, with the final figure they determine the fee you’ll pay.