Bliss Spas Offers Rock Music Massage
Now this is something new: A massage being introduced at Bliss Spas in New York and Hoboken seems far from relaxing to me–clients get massaged while listening to tunes by Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and U2.
The massage, appropriately called the “Rhythm and Bliss Massage” goes against the grid with the notion that there’s one specific soundtrack for relaxation. For the massage, clients will choose one of four musical play-lists, wear bluetooth headphones to block out noises in the halls, and listen to the tunes while being massaged by one of the spa’s famed masseuses. According to Ben Brown, a massage therapist who helped create the play-lists, “We’re really trying to push the boundaries. People were like ‘You can’t do a massage to rock,” but it’s very possible.” Although it seems as if clients won’t be in the same utter state of relaxation as they would with a normal relaxing massage, Brown explains that clients still come out relaxed and with a new mind frame. He also states that “[clients] can use it as a send-off before you go out and party.”
This new treatment seems to come along at a time when spas around the county are creating treatments that are unlike anything people have seen before. Spa Miraval in Tuscon, Arizona, has a treatment where the client is touched by a machine that the spa explains is like “soaring superman-style to distant galaxies.” At Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona, the “Kinetic Flow” treatment uses a massage table that spins and rocks clients to make them feel like they are floating on water. At the Four Seasons Resort in Mexico, they actually have a massage in which you are rubbed with tequila.
This begs the question: Why now? Are people becoming more accepting of specialty massages since simple massages have been deemed beneficial and popular for so long now? It seems that today techniques that would be deemed as crazy years ago are now being accepted and utilized.
What do you think? Would a $155 massage paired with rock music be relaxing to you, or would you rather head to bliss for a typical day of “Bliss?”