Youd think wed have seen ritual-like riffs on deep tissue massage before now, since, next to Swedish, its a favorite style with spa novices and PhDs alike. Further proof: Its the Peninsulas most popular treatment despite its pre-recession price tag: $465 for two hours. It comes with a rituals perks (a footbath and a choice of aromatherapy oil) and its procrastinations (two body scrubs). But my therapist Margarita stuck to the areas that specifically ailed me, so I felt like I got my massage-moneys worth. And at the finale, I could look over my shoulder painlessly.
If paying for the Deep Tissue Experience would cause you more stress than it can undo, the Peninsulas 60-minute Holistic Massage (without the “Experience” bells and whistles) costs a reasonable $165 but only if you book Monday through Thursday (it’s $30 more on weekends, the spa’s peak time). Because it’s customized, you can ask your therapist for the deep-tissue moves. To really maximize the deal, get there early or stay late to use the steam, sauna, multi-jet experience shower.