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Healthy Valentine’s Day: Thai massage edition


Thai massage for couples
Thai massage for couples has become really popular for Valentine’s Day at New York City yoga studios (Photo: The Scout Guide)

As Valentine’s Day rolls around, it seems like every yoga studio in town turns into a spa suite for couples’ Thai massage. And that’s not a bad thing.

Thai massage is one of the few forms of bodywork that you actually wear clothes for, so it’s totally acceptable to do in public. (Phew!)

And the poses that Thai massage therapists typically put you in (or your significant other on V-Day) are of the stretching variety, such that it’s often called lazy man’s yoga. It’s this interactivity of Thai massage and its giving and receiving format that links it to Valentine’s Day. That and the fact that if your sweetie pesters you for a back massage almost daily, going to one of these workshops is nearly same thing. 

Here are a handful of Thai massage workshops that say it’s February 14 in New York City. —Jamie McKillop and Melisse Gelula

Jaya Partner Yoga, Brooklyn
The Thai Massage and Singing Bowls Valentine’s Class is an annual thing here along with partner yoga. Champagne and truffles to follow. Jaya Park Slope, 1626 8th Ave., Brooklyn, February 14, 7:00–9:00pm $65 per couple. Email [email protected] for waiting list.

The Yoga Room, Queens
The Astoria location of this decade-old yoga (and barre and Pilates) outpost is hosting a Thai Massage Workshop for Couples led by its in-house yogi and Chang Mai-trained therapist Nil Akin. 38-01 35th Ave., Queens, February 15, 3:00–5:30 p.m., $40 per couple before February 12, $45 thereafter.

Reflections Center for Conscious for Living, Manhattan
Founder Paula Tursi will spearhead this Swedish and Thai Massage Workshop meant to introduce couples to the amazing benefits of massage—on each other. Bonus: Wine and sweets will be served. 250 W. 49th St, Suite 2, Hell’s Kitchen, February 16, 5:00–7:30 p.m., $75 per couple preregistration, $85 per couple walk-ins.

Om Factory, Manhattan
For this Valentine AcroYoga workshop called Flying, Flow & Thai Massage, you and your superman can expect some time in the air, then time on the mat for Thai massage. 265 W. 37th St., Fashion District, February 12, 8:15–10:00 p.m., $40 per couple preregistration, $50 per couple day-of.

Exhale, Manhattan
Exhale’s Thai for Two Workshop is led by Danielle Lee, a yoga instructor and Thai massage specialist, who’ll led you through Exhale’s mind-body method of yoga, stretching, acupressure, and, of course, relaxation. 980 Madison Ave., Upper East Side, February 15, 1:30–3:45 p.m., $40 per person.