Massage therapists undergo thorough training until their hands can relieve pain and determine if clients are holograms with 100% accuracy. Relish accomplished appendages with today's Groupon: for $45, you get your choice of a 60-minute Swedish, deep-tissue, or Chinese Tui Na massage plus a 15-minute sauna visit at Graceful Services (a $114 value), with locations on 2nd Avenue and 56th Street.
The massage therapists of Graceful Services blend Chinese techniques with popular Western modalities to create a menu of relaxing services spotlighted in The New York Times. Gentle strokes stimulate soft tissue during Swedish treatments to improve blood flow and circulate relief throughout the body. The delving pressure of a deep-tissue massage seeks out connective tissue hidden beneath layers of muscle to eliminate chronic pains and childhood tea-party injuries. Tui Na massage follows principles of traditional Chinese medicine in hopes of fostering the flow of Qi energy and balancing the client's physical and spiritual wellbeing. After a 60-minute session liberates the body of built-up stress, clients retire to the sauna to sweat cellular impurities out of their system. The spa boasts a simple, clinical atmosphere with heated massage tables separated by curtains instead of walls or billboards emblazoned with hyperbolic testimonials.
Within Graceful Services, rows of heated, padded massage tables relax tired torsos before therapists' hands sweep over muscles using Chinese deep-tissue, Swedish, and shiatsu massage techniques. The custom sessions aims to unblock pent-up chi—the energy source believed to be linked to muscular discomfort and weak tennis serves. Acupuncture sessions realign misguided energy flows and trigger pressure points to reduce stress, and body scrubs and facial services invigorate worn skin with cleansing nutrients.