There was a time when massages weren't as common, or as accepted, as they are today. Thankfully, that is no longer the case and we can all take part in the joy that comes from a skilled masseuse or masseur. Massages help with more than just relaxation, and have become an important practice. Here are a few of the best local spots that will treat you, and your aching body, right every time.
Sabai Body Temple
2753 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Even the name is relaxing. Whatever type of massage you need, whether it's therapeutic, fixing a knot that just won't quit, or just a relaxing getaway for an hour, you can be completely at peace at Sabai. Peace and relaxation aren't usually what you'll find along the bustling streets of Uptown, but step away from the bustle and give yourself to the healing powers of Sabai. Deep tissue massage for head, back and feet are the way to go here, but if you're just looking to pamper yourself, the exfoliating massage will have you feeling like a whole new person.
Simply Grounded Therapeutic Massage
33 Wentworth Ave. E.
West St. Paul, MN 55118
If you feel like the world is too much with the job, the mortgage and credit card, family and everything else the world seems to throw at you, it is definitely time for a massage. There's nothing better to keep yourself grounded (intentional) than to relax with one of the massages at this sanctuary dedicated to your well-being. It offers everything from Swedish to Shiatsu to deep-tissue massage, and everything in between. Whatever you need, simply put yourself in Simply Grounded's hands and leave refreshed and restored.
The Great Metropolitan Backrub
762 Cleveland Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN 55116
While it might sound like a 1920s Harlequin romance title, The Great Metropolitan Backrub is dedicated to its customers and its customers' well being. Offering massages of any length of time, be it 10 minutes or 90, you can get yourself right and go about your day without any hassle or lengthy appointments. Visit its original location in Highland Park, or if you're a downtown St. Paul worker or dweller, visit the skyway backrub location in the Alliance Bank Center for a great way to relax before, after or during a hard day at work.
649 Grand Ave. #2
St. Paul, MN 55105
Grand Avenue is home to hundreds of little shops, restaurants and services of all types. If you need a break from a day of shopping, or just a break from life in general, make an appointment for a massage Avivage (doesn't it just roll right off your tongue?). Specializing in Swedish massage, prenatal massage and deep tissue massage, you can come in solo or you can book a doubles massage appointment (Valentine's Day is coming up...) and truly relax, letting the stress of the day simply melt away.
Minnesota Wellness Institute
2353 Rice St.
Roseville, MN 55113
For a therapeutic massage, whether it's just to relax those tense, unbreakable muscles, or to resolve pain from an accident or long-term injury, the Minnesota Wellness Center offers packages off all sorts to get you the care you need. Massage therapy, much more intensive than your average chair massage you can find at the mall, is often the only relief available for those with constant and lingering pain. The affordable prices at this Wellness Institute, as well as the friendly, truly hands-on (pun intended) care, make this the place to go.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.
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