The Spanish Inquisition had many horrific torture methods, but none as justly feared as its coup de grace: people who think they give good massages. Spare a spouse from half-hearted kneading with today's Groupon: for $27, you and a friend or sweetie get a massage class (a $55 value) at Nirvana Bodyworks at the Cortiva Institute in Scottsdale.
Nirvana Bodywork's group workshops offer plenty of one-on-one instruction from a professional massage therapist along with ample demonstrations and practice time. Tackle stress spots and learn basic massage techniques for the head, neck, shoulders, hands, and feet, or spend the session focusing on the posterior axial portion of the body, learning how to eliminate upper- and lower-back pain caused by hunching over a computer or towing rickshaws. Once you've learned to give good massages, your family members, sweethearts, and friends will classify your precious hands as golden and thus incapable of hard labor, dishwashing, and typing at work. Classes last two hours and are held on March 12, April 2, May 14, June 11, and July 23 at 11 a.m., with classes added at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. if needed. Check out Nirvana's website for specific upcoming workshop dates; more classes will be added if demand requires them.
Nirvana Body Works
Brian Watt is so passionate about the benefits of massage that he'll bring his services directly to you. The communications specialist-turned-massage therapist helms a brick-and-mortar space for his clients but also travels to homes and businesses to knead away tension, lower blood pressure, and slay stress through Swedish, deep tissue, Shiatsu, and Thai massage.
And Brian is equally passionate about teaching the art of massage therapy. That's why he leads massage techniques classes that instill fundamental massage skills, in turn helping couples nurture one another without resorting to bottle-feeding each other at every meal.