Humanity’s inclination toward touch originated with our back-scratching chimpanzee ancestors and continued with our Neanderthal relatives, who perfected the art of mammoth acupuncture. Release your inner animal with today’s Groupon: for $120, you get admission for two to a three-hour Power of Touch Couples Massage workshop at Northwest School of Massage in Kirkland (a $250 value).
Hands eager to untie knotted shoulders and tuck tired muscles into bed learn the art of massage in evening workshops designed for friends or couples. Licensed therapists escort up to six couples down the path of pressurized palmistry, leading them through a specialized series of techniques and touches. After changing into modest robes and learning professional draping etiquette, student duos take turns massaging one another while a facilitator demonstrates effective kneading techniques. From deep-tissue strokes that penetrate beyond the skin’s surface to inspirational poems tapped in metered Morse Code, the repertoire of touches taught in the workshop provides couples with all the tools necessary for years of future bribery.
Though each workshop hosts several couples, participants work only with their partners and the facilitators to foster an intimate connection and a top-secret handshake. Participants are advised to wear loose and comfortable clothing and arrive 15 minutes early with at least one bottle of water per person.
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.