Twice Named Best of New York
We agree with New York Magazine. Our hands are extraordinary at Relax.
Founded in 1997 by Rick Sharpell, every Relax Massage Therapist is NYS Licensed.
For an appointment call:
- Staff Massage
- Individual Sessions
- 60 Minute session – $105.00
90 Minute session – $145.00
- Staff Massage
- Session Packages
- Five 1-hour – $475.00
Five 1.5 hours – $650.00
Ten 1-hours – $890.00
Ten 1.5 hours – $1,230.00
- Rick Sharpell
- Individual Sessions
- 60 Minute session – $125.00
90 Minute session – $165.00
- Rick Sharpell
- Session Packages
- Five 1-hours – $550
Five 1.5 hours – $725
Ten 1-hours – $1,040
Ten 1.5 hours – $1,380
We accept Visa/Mastercard/Amex. Prices include 4% local sales tax
* 24 hours notice is required if you must cancel your appointment. If less that 24 hours notice is given and the appointment can not be filled, you will be charged the full price of the service. No shows will always be charged in full. If it is 15 minutes past your appointment time and we have not heard from you, you will be considered a no show and will be charged the full price of the service.
Appointment times have been arranged specifically for you. If you arrive late your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours.
716 Greenwich Street
btwn Charles and W10th Sts
New York, NY 10014
Christopher St / Sheridan Sq
Male and Female Massage Therapists on staff.
What You Can Expect From Us
All massage therapists at Relax are skilled at Swedish, Relaxation and Deep-Tissue massage techniques. Many of our therapists have continued their educations to specialize in one or more of the following areas.
Swedish massage is now known as “traditional” massage. Swedish massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and shaking motions. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body’s largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and well being.
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive and tapping movements with the application of oil to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
Deep Tissue Massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to unstick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.
Performing medical massage requires a firm background in pathology and utilizes specific treatments appropriate to working with disease, pain, and recovery from injury. The therapist may work from a physician’s prescription or as an adjunct healer.
Release Therapy – All muscles, arteries, bones, organs, etc. are held together by a saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia. Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles. Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part. The fascia responds to the trained touch to release the adverse effects of inflammation, tensions and trauma.
Pre and Post-natal
Pregnancy places strong demands on a woman’s body and is a time for the body to be nurtured and pampered. This massage not only relieves the tensions and aches caused by the extra weight and shift in the center of gravity to the body, but it reduces swelling, soothes the nervous system, acts as a tonic, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy.
Shiatsu, the most widely known form of acupressure, literally means “finger pressure”. Shiatsu uses rhythmic pressure specific points along the body’s meridians by using the fingers, hands, elbows, knees, and sometimes feet to unblock and stimulate the flow of energy. A session my also include gentle stretching and range-of-motions manipulations. Shiatsu is used to treat pain, relax the body, and to maintain general health.
This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy and applies concentrated finger pressure to “trigger points” (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain. It appears that most muscular pains have a trigger point that causes the muscle to go into spasms. Trigger Point Therapy involves placing pressure on that trigger point so that the muscle can relax and the pain can be lessened. Pressure is generally applied with fingers, knuckles, and elbows. The basic idea is that the trigger point which is the source of the pain is not always where the patient feels the pain. The trigger point could be several inches away from the place where they feel the discomfort or pain.
What is Massage?
Massage is one of the oldest forms of healthcare that has become very popular over the last twenty years. Although all massage therapists use their skills to manipulate soft tissue structures such as skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (connective tissue), many massage therapists specialize in a wide variety of forms of therapeutic massage.
Massage can help you support general health and well-being or facilitate the healing process of some injuries, such as muscle tears or sprains. Massage can increase circulation, promote relaxation, reduce stress, and reduce pain and stiffness associated with muscle soreness or tension, and increase range of motion. A massage therapist cannot diagnose, prescribe treatment, or cure disease or injury.
Although massage therapy cannot cure the following conditions, it may reduce pain or stiffness associated with tension headache, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, poor posture or scoliosis, and repetitive stress injuries to muscles and tendons (tennis elbow, mild or chronic tendonitis). People who have had joint replacement surgery may benefit from relief or muscle tension.
The techniques used by massage therapists include applying pressure and manipulating muscles with the hands, forearms, and elbows. Many forms also use gentle stretches and movements of the body to enhance the massage session.
Swedish/relaxation, deep tissue/trigger point, and some forms of sports massage use an application of oil or lotion to the skin.