Massage therapists often warm up fingers by kneading the lumps out of bread dough or adjusting the spines of unabridged encyclopedias. Put limbered up digits to use with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a 60-minute massage at Spa J'Adore (a $90 value). Customers can upgrade to a 90-minute massage for an additional fee.
European and Eastern massage techniques collide at Spa J'Adore, where tailored 60-minute treatments liberate patrons from respective pangs. Long, fluid strokes stream across backs during the Swedish massage, a technique known for breeding surging circulatory waterways and joints more flexible than Gumby at Bikram yoga. Massage therapists zero in on particularly knotted muscles during the sports rubdown to banish aches hindering athletic performance. Chronic lower tendon tightness melts away under the deep-tissue massage's intense finger flourishes, and the pains of those with child or with several cheesesteaks are soothed by the pregnancy massage. Meanwhile, Japanese healing techniques chase off tension and energize bodies during the shiatsu massage.
A sprawling city view stretches in front of Spa J'Adore, with a sky-scraping terrace ideal for shooting spitballs at passing helicopters. Indoors, flowing drapes frame the entrance to a hardwood hallway guarded by a towering vase of flowers and greenery.
Within a 17th-floor penthouse, Spa J'Adore's wide windows allow rays of sunlight to illuminate Buddha photos, exposed-brick walls, and brilliant orchids. Their décor, a combination of urban chic and zen sensibilities, reflects the massage practice's dual focus on Western and Eastern traditions. To that end, massage therapists are equally adept at deep-tissue and Swedish treatments as modalities from Thailand and Japan. The staff also paints on tans with brushes instead of sprays during body-bronzing sessions, which create a smoother, more natural appearance. After their treatments, clients can lounge on the spa's balcony, sipping herbal tea from heavy clay cups and relaying semaphore messages to hikers on distant mountains.