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Yoga studios, now a great place for a massage


A growing number of yoga studios are offering massage services alongside their vinyasa classes. What do these no-frills spots have that spas don't?
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Thai yoga massage is not the only service offered at studios these days

 

There are lots of great places to get a massage in New York City—including your yoga studio.

A growing number of yoga studios around the city are offering massage and other spa services alongside their vinyasa classes.

The trend might seem pretty logical, given how both practices are so centered on the body and its movement.

Some yoga studios, like Jivamukti in Union Square, Reflections Yoga in Hell’s Kitchen, and The Yoga Room in Astoria and Long Island City, have fully integrated their yoga and massage programs, and have a substantial menu of therapies from Shiatsu and acupuncture to reiki and reflexology.

“Reflections isn’t really a yoga center as much as it is a lifestyle center for those who are seeking a more conscious way of living,” says founder Paula Tursi, who teaches yoga and practices energetic healing.

At other studios, like Kula Yoga Project, massage therapists are more like trustworthy, treatment-giving tenants, who bring in their own clients, explains studio manager Jennifer Roy. But it’s great to have them available to yogis with sore shoulders.

Either way, the difference of getting a massage at a yoga studio? The experience isn’t about escaping into a luxury environment. (In truth, most massage rooms at yoga studios are no-frills.) The focus is squarely on the skills of the practitioner and the quality of the massage. Good or bad.

And word on the street, or massage table, is that those who get massage at a yoga studio might know more about their bodies than the average spa client.

Mark Waterman, an ISHTA yoga teacher and massage therapist, finds that yoga students are much more aware of their body and how they use it. “As a result, therapists at yoga studios have to be able to work with people who are constantly having a conversation with their body.”

Your yoga-studio massage therapist, as a part of your yoga community, might also get things that are important to your lifestyle. Unlike that doctor who keeps yelling at you for being vegan.

Next step? After your next series of sun salutations, bend your knees, look past your hands, and hop your feet directly onto a massage table for an entirely new realm of Savasana. —Lisa Elaine Held

Where to get yoga studio spa services

ISHTA Yoga, 56 E. 11th St., btwn. University Pl. and Broadway, Union Square. 212-598-4800, www.ishtayoga.com

Jivamukti Yoga, 841 Broadway, 2nd floor, btwn. 13th and 14th Sts., Union Square. 212-353-0214, www.jivamuktiyoga.com

Kula Yoga Project, 28 Warren St., 4th floor, btwn. Church and Broadway, Tribeca. 212-945-4460, www.kulayoga.com

Reflections Yoga, 250 W. 49th St., 2nd floor, btwn. Broadway and 8th Ave., Hell’s Kitchen. 212-974-2288, www.reflectionsyoga.com

The Yoga Room, 38-01 35th Ave., Astoria, 718-274-0255; 10-14 47th Rd., Long Island City, 718-786-7962, www.the-yoga-room.com