Finally: The Rock’n’Roll Massage

I have a bad shoulder which requires a stupid amout of upkeep and maintenance from a chiropractor, an acupuncturist and a massage therapist.  And although I do like a good massage, the insistence of spas and therapists to play tuneless New Age-y tracks mixed with whale songs doesn’t relax me.  In fact, just makes me more tense, which is obviously rather counter-productive.

Is there somewhere in the Massage Therapist Rulebook that this is what I have to listen to while getting that scar tissue squeezed out of my scapula? No, there’s not.

When I was in New York this last week, I read about the new Rhythm and Bliss massage being offered by Bliss spas in NYC and (of all places) Hoboken, New Jersey.  Instead of stupid pan flutes, they use U2 and Zeppelin and Pearl Jam, pummelling you in time with the music.

This I could get into.  For $155 USD, it’s not cheap, but I’ll try anything to improve the massage experience. I wonder if they have a playlist with Pantera and Meshuggah?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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