Massages are a time-honored method of alleviating stress, much like the ancient art of crafting origami swans out of midterm exams. Ace relaxation with today's Groupon: for $115, you get two admissions to a three-hour Power of Touch Massage Couples workshop at Northwest School of Massage in Kirkland (a $250 value).
At Northwest School of Massage, interactive workshops equip couples and friendly duos with the necessary know-how to deliver quality massages. To begin each three-hour session, students change out of street clothes or superhero uniforms and into more modest robes before learning about basic draping etiquette. Licensed muscle menders then pinpoint the benefits of massage, carefully demonstrating the various techniques and methods that are taught in massage-therapy schools. Next, partnered pairs apply the newly absorbed knowledge in their brain stuffing by taking turns giving and receiving a thorough massage. Throughout the session, instructors dispense guidance by closely monitoring participants, dishing out recommendations, and answering any questions about effective techniques or unforeseen plot twists on suspenseful TV dramas.
Although each workshop hosts multiple student twosomes, couples will be working only with each other to ensure an intimate experience and the chance to develop better massage rhythms. Northwest School of Massage also encourages participants to bring along bottled water, tie back long hair, and arrive at least 15 minutes early to avoid midsession interruptions. Classes are typically scheduled several weekend afternoons and evenings each month.
Power of Touch Workshop
Joe Lavin, a licensed massage therapist, and Wendy Lavin, a licensed physical therapist, combined their anatomical knowledge to develop the Power of Touch Workshop. The aim of the couples-focused workshop is to foster a lifelong affinity for massage, letting participants both practice massage techniques and experience massage benefits at the hands of their partner. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, sessions promise adequate individual attention and an intimate environment in which to knead away knots and loosen spines. After the workshop, students not only come away with a deeper appreciation for massage and joints looser than a broken door handle, but they also receive lifetime access to Power of Touch’s alumni area, a network of massage resources that includes videos, articles, and additional workshops.