Beyond the more prestigious spas in NYC, such as the Ohm Spa in Midtown, which offers a four-handed massage, the New York City massage scene teems with experienced therapists ready to release tension and work out knots. A spa in Queens might specialize in Thai massage, wherein the therapist walks on the client’s back. Meanwhile, a spa in Brooklyn might offer a sweltering banya and Russian platza treatment, which involves the brushing and slapping of a oak or eucalyptus branches against the body. From Japanese reflexology to Chinese tui na, Indian ayurvedic massage to Hawaiian lomilomi massage, the styles of relaxation New York has to offer are as various as the languages its citizens speak.

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