If there’s a profession ideally suited to serving the denizens of Denver, massage therapist may be it. The area’s wealth of year-round outdoor activities—the same abundance that keeps the city’s citizens routinely ranked among the fittest and most active of all Americans—can leave those who partake with aches and pains that can last for weeks. And that, naturally, makes being able to parse through the various spas in Denver a valuable skill. Check out our list below to see our picks for the city’s coolest, most luxurious, and most distinctive purveyors of massage.1. Symmetry 360 Massage SpaWindsor RoadSymmetry 360 Massage Spa’s eponymous Symmetry 360 treatment fully customizes each massage around clients’ personal needs. During a pre-massage consultation, a therapist takes an inventory of a client’s problem areas and tailors treatment accordingly, blending styles as diverse as Swedish, neuromuscular, sports, and Thai yoga massage.2. Elixir Mind Body MassageLoDoThough its massages take center stage, Elixir minds the little things too. Guests are invited to relax with hot or cool herbal neck wraps and complimentary beverages before heading into treatment rooms that have been outfitted with eye pillows, heated tables, and microfiber hypoallergenic linens. That attention to detail complements a menu of roughly a dozen massage treatments as well as “enhancements” such as dry brushing and cupping.3. Revive BodyworkWest HighlandAlthough Revive Bodywork offers the classic modalities most people associate with massage therapy—Swedish, deep tissue—it also offers a form of bodywork many don’t: ashiatsu. During an Ashiatsu treatment, the massage therapist grips onto bars hanging from the ceiling in order to massage aching muscles with her feet, which can reach entire muscle groups more efficiently than hands.4. Peace of Mind MassagePlatt ParkThere are many reasons to get a massage, and Peace of Mind Massage accommodates just about all of them. Their diverse menu offers everything from relaxing reflexology and couples massage to highly specialized modalities such as prenatal, migraine, and oncology massage.5. Renew Massage StudioWashington Park WestThe staff at Renew Massage Studio puts exhaustive effort into maintaining eco-friendly practices at the studio. This includes using paraben-free Zen Organics massage cream, organic cotton blankets, and non-toxic candles with cotton wicks. But the earth-friendly ethos extends to the smallest of details: even the staff’s business cards are printed with soy ink on recycled paper.6. Highland Massage CompanyWest HighlandHighland Massage Company encourages clients to customize treatments even once they’re already underway. A consultation before the massage helps a therapist get an idea of each client’s needs, but continued feedback throughout the session helps make for the most beneficial treatment.7. The Oxford Club Spa and SalonLoDoThe Oxford Club Spa and Salon’s popular signature treatment, the 70-minute Almond Joy Experience, pampers guests with an almond-oil massage. To pay full homage to the treatment’s sweet inspiration, the kneading is paired with a full-body exfoliating coconut scrub and a chocolate-mousse masque and wrap that further helps to revitalize skin.8. Spa UniversaireGolden TriangleThe massage menu at Spa Universaire draws heavily upon Eastern specialties. Chakra-balancing treatments promote wellness using 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic techniques, reflexology uses pressure points on the feet to ease tension, and Tao Integrative treatments often wrap many Eastern and Western techniques into a single session.
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