Best cheap massages
Tui na, shiatsu-downtown, that translates to "cheap massage." Which are the best? By Kate Lowenstein
Tue Jan 25 2011
Most New Yorkers have tense shoulders, knotted muscles, and neither the time nor the money for a spa visit. Those with no attachment to New Age music or fancy oils should go downtown to loosen up: Chinatown and Little Italy are packed with no-frills joints that offer manipulative therapy (tui na), breath work (qi gong) and traditional massage (shiatsu), last-minute and always on the cheap.
1.Wu Lim Services, 179 Grand St ($10 for ten minutes): A grubby entrance may be a turnoff, but the vigorous massage is worth the risk.
2. Back and Foot Rub, 79 Allen St ($10 for ten minutes): Steel-fingered women go at your back (or feet) in a darkened communal room. Unglamorous, but it hurts so good.
3. Toto Beauty and Health, 193 Centre St, second floor ($50 for one hour): Private rooms give this an Upper East Side feel.
4. Broome Sky Health Center, 120 Elizabeth St ($15 for 15 minutes): Head inside for intimacy—and the smiling staff.
5. Rich Nails, 199 Hester St ($13 for 15 minutes): This one's on the higher end, and looks like a clean-cut midtown manicure place.
6. Fishion Herb Center, 107 Mott St ($10 for 15 minutes): One customer says it best about this large (albiet dingy) spot: "It's painful, but you feel great the next day."
And more cheap rubs
7. Howard Beauty Salon and Spa, 34 Howard St, 2nd Fl ($30 for 30 minutes)
8. Ji Li Tui Na, 202 Mott St ($14 for 15 minutes)
9. Teana, 151 Mott St ($15 for 15 minutes)
10. Apple Spa, 207 Grand St ($12 for 15 minutes)
11. Season Spa, 165 Hester St ($35 for 30 minutes)