You might not always look back so lovingly on your first time – maybe it was uncomfortable, or a little painful, or you did it just because you felt everyone was doing it. But you will always remember your best. The one who took out all the kinks made you tingle from head to toe, leaving everyone unmoving and grinding. Of course, we are talking about the best massage ever. And if you haven't had yours yet, here are 18 suggestions for where you can go.
The cheap people
Stunning to trust a wall-in-the-wall place with your upset back? Go somewhere in advance.
& # 39; I'm obsessed with massage – there's a place called Renew in West 8th, and that's heaven. I go there all the time because it's so cheap, like $ 40 for an hour. ”—Cat Cohen
& # 39; Massages are important to me – I really like this place here at my home called Pure Qi. It's amazing, it's secretly notorious. They’re just as good, and it’s really affordable, and they really know what they are. & # 39; —Pamela Love
& # 39; I like this cheap Chinese massage spot on Bleecker & Laguardia called Five Seasons Healing. I ask Jack. It's like $ 40 an hour, and the old one works out. "—Hannah Cheng
& # 39; I go to Fishion Herb Center on the Lower East Side. It's this hole-in-the-wall guy. He puts a blanket over you and it's like (snoring noise). He just hits you – like intense. He walks on you.”—Lazaro Hernandez
& # 39; I went to this place in Chinatown where it didn't look at all. It's called Grand Nature. They do reflexology and body work, but they really know what they're doing. There are many yoga teachers because it is like an athletic massage. ”—Jenn Tardif
The one to smuggle in as you go
All the signs point to the Greenwich Hotel.
& # 39; I also love going for a massage. It's hard to implement, but it feels like it should be a bigger part of my routine. The Shibui Spa in the Greenwich Hotel has a shiatsu which is the best massage I've ever had. ”—Stacy Martin
& # 39; I get massages all the time. It's an expensive habit, but I can't help it. It depends on my mood; sometimes I will do deep tissue, sometimes I just want to relax and do a Swedish massage. Sometimes I do lymphatic drainage. I love it. Sometimes they do the one stretching and you feel like you've left the Yoga class. The Greenwich Hotel is here, so I'll just run and go massage and sit by the pool. ”—Leslie Fremar
The ones you need to get when you are abroad
* The relaxing massage is always a holiday massage, so we can't blame you for planning it. *
& # 39; I regularly get massages at a place called Natalie & # 39; s in Playa del Carmen. I see this woman, Rocio, who has been my massage therapist for three years now. I pay 600 pesos for 90 minutes. It's like 30 bucks. She gives me the best deep tissue, makes me-sick-to-my-stomach massage. You step out and are dizzy. That's great.”—Diane Dimeo
& # 39; In Germany, we have something called Dorn Massage, where they put you on a machine, and the man or woman goes down your spine and pushes on the little legs. When I have half a day off, I always book a massage. & # 39; —Larissa Hofmann
& # 39; My best place is Ladda. It has the best view of the roof of Paris.”—Clara Cornet
& # 39; I love massages in beautiful places – I was in Venice with my son for the Biennale, and I went to massage at the Bauer Hotel, and it was incredible. I'm going to my friend Irene's 40th birthday party in Mexico at the end of October and I've already booked a 90-minute massage at a place I've never heard of – it's called the Hotel Matilda. This is a very decadent gesture. & # 39; —Sally Singer
Those who are basically physical therapy
Less of a luxury, more of a necessity.
& # 39; (I do) physio or massage or acupuncture – not every day, but probably every other one. For massage, I see many people at Manhattan Physio Group, but Michelle Rodriguez is an incredible physiotherapist. She is the best. & # 39; —David Hallberg
& # 39; I underwent two knee surgeries, and since then I definitely need massage. I feel like there are more places in LA that are more accessible and more affordable. This place in LA named Tomoko, is the most spectacular spa ever invented and I would die for them to come here. This is in Beverly Hills. & # 39; A girl who was with me in high school designed it with her mother, and it's so spectacular – so understated and beautiful, and one of the best massages I've ever had. & # 39; – Camilla Marcus
& # 39; People only talk about massage in two ways – going to massage or sports massage. For me, it's a kind of combination of both. I got this guy, Mr. Kim – he's at Black Label Salon in the financial district. You don't even have to go in and like & # 39; I'm hurt here, here & here & # 39; not because he judges you only when you come in and he takes everything out.”—Kirsty Godso
The One with all the tingles
Two words: head massage.
& # 39; My spa tour in New York is Pratima Spa. I bow before Pratima, she starts a movement. I do Abhyanga massage and Shirodhara, the head oil massage. It's a treatment to give relaxation and clarity – they pour hot oil on the top of your head and it just melts. But do you know what it feels like to get a little rub on the top of your head, and it just goes to your core and toes? It's very orgasmic. "-Tanaïs
The full time experience
Come for a massage, stay for the week and snack.
& # 39; If I get a chance, I'd like to go to this very low-key spa called Organic Mama Spa in Allen Street. They are booked, but you can & # 39; call one day in advance to cancel. I often get massages because I stand and lift. Downstairs they have a Jacuzzi, a steam bath and a lot of showers, but no one's ever there, so I can hang out. & # 39; —Angela Dimayuga
& # 39; I would go to a Korean spa every now and then – it's my favorite. There's a hundred bucks, you get a body scrub, and you can spend all afternoon. There is a so-called Olympic Spa with all these different baths and a Himalayan salt sauna that is not too hot. I like the massages. And the food! ”—Malin Akerman
The one who got away
You will probably never stop dreaming about it.
& # 39; The best massage I've ever had was in Toronto by & # 39; a guy named Alan. I'm still looking for that guy. Alan? Alan? I will never forget him. I was exercising too much and not stretching, so my glow was in pain. Someone told me I should go to this place, and I called on the phone: & # 39; Are you comfortable massaging glutes? After trying the whole round to massage my butt, I get there, and I see if he is six-foot-five. And he massaged my butt, but only with his elbows. The rest of the massage was the best I have ever received. Alan, if you're reading this, I'm looking for you. Fall into my DM's. ”—Tara Lynn
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