Best place for a massage?

generic massage rosesMindy asked via Twitter over the weekend:

Where's the best place for a first-timer to get a massage (preferably not too far/hard to find from Clifton Park)?

We re-tweeted her question and got a handful of responses -- they're after the jump.

And, of course, if you have a suggestion for Mindy, please share!

@GMCannistraro: @Complexions_Spa is my fave! Heated bed, very comfy, free use of sauna & steam room...so great. tinyurl.com/7vrm4bq

@spiffstress: I like White Sands in Troy. In CP I have been to a day spa on Rt 146 @ Rt 9, across the street from Lowes.

@nicorreia: Kimberly's - sooo nice.

@jengonroff: Sanctuary Spa in Saratoga is the best I've found (but more $ too), hated Kimberly's, Medbury Spa in Ballston Spa OK.

Earlier and elsewhere:
+ Kristi asked about finding a massage therapist over on her site last year
+ Akum spent some relaxing time at the Roosevelt Baths in Saratoga earlier this year. Katelyn got a massage there and said it was "blissful."

Totally non-local: We found this photo on Flickr of someone getting a massage from a baby elephant. Someone obviously needs to bring that to the Capital Region.

photo: Flickr user thomaswanhoff

Comments

There is a guy giving free massages Escape Smoke Shop and the Lark Street Flower Shop.

True North Massage. I have been to a couple of places and Karen is, by far, the best for deep tissue massage. She is on Western Ave across from Crossgate Mall.

http://www.atruenorthmassage.abmp.com/

Joyce Gauthier at New Loudon Chiropractic on Rte 9 in Latham- she is awesome, tailors the massage to each individual & she recently told me she would be running one of those 1/2 price deals on CBS6 in December- a great way to give her a try!!

Spa Virgo on Lark Street is absolutely amazing for therapeutic and relaxing massage - although nowhere near Clifton Park, but for the people looking at comments! Good prices and talented therapists.

I believe all of the LMTs are male, but don't let that hold you back; they're more than professional. Some of THE sweetest and most respectful, helpful guys. Mark, Rob, Michael, Brady and Jonathan.

bodywork professionals in latham/loudonville...check out their reviews on yelp. evan (she) is exceptional.

if you're looking to save a few quid theny try the center for natural wellness school of massage therapy near wolf road...i think its $40 for about 1 hour. (but i'd rather pay the extra and go to bodywork professionals)

I was going to recommend Joyce too! But Crystal Potter is also great. (you can find her business on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27802853&ref=ffa#!/pages/Crystal-Potter-LMT/231138380278750) I think they're both in Albany.

Mary Panza at Balance Massage in Delmar. Mary is well known as the best massage therapist in the area - Metroland polls over several years. She has a devoted and loyal following. And, yes, she is a local poet and known for that as well.

Balance Massage is a very nice place. Very professional, very clean, comfortable and relaxing.

I recommend Hesper Eriole...Licensed Massage Therapist....excellent affordable massage services out of her business...185 Main Ave in Wynantskill. Please tell her Rich Ruotolo sent you. Enjoy.

I love Elaine B. at Albany Massage Therapists! Went to her after a bad car accident a few years ago. Clean, welcoming, excellent friendly service, and affordable! Check them out: http://www.albanymassage.com/Index.cfm

Kristin Romano at Ambiance Salon in Loudonville is phenomenal. I've been seeing her for years. As a runner with back/neck issues, she keeps me moving.

Maitri Massage on Madison Avenue in Albany is very nice.

Lorraine Calleri, LMT has just opened her own practice in Rotterdam, NY. She is an exceptional professional... Check out:http://steppingstonemassage.massagetherapy.com/services-and-rates

http://www.gwendolynguarinolmt.com/

If you're in or around Saratoga Springs, I definitely recommend Gwen! She's a great LMT!!! :)

I've had a massage from Crystal Potter and I'd recommend her for sure. Don't know her contact info offhand, but I'm sure google will tell you.

I'm really sick of comments making light/fun of the situation of the man on Lark St exposing himself and masturbating in front of girls working in shops alone. I work at one of the stores that he came into multiple times, and it honestly instilled a sense of fear and discomfort that I've never had while working on Lark before (I've worked on Lark st for 3.5 years).

Comments and posts on local blogs and facebook pages making jokes about it give the impression that its not serious, and that things like this are funny.

They aren't.

If you're looking for a wonderful massage therapist...I recommend Joyce Gauthier at New Loudon Chiropractic in Latham. I've been going to her for awhile now because of back issues!! She is absolutely wonderful!! Can't say enough about her! Give her a try, you won't regret it! Take it from one who knows first hand!

I'm seconding the recommendation for the Center for Natural Wellness student clinic. Just because we're students doesn't mean we don't provide wonderful massages at a discounted rate ($40.00) We need the practice and are quite good. For more information, check out - http://www.cnwsmt.com/massage-clinic-services

For the next few weeks, our evening clinic is on hold as our senior class has just graduated and we have nobody available to give massages during those hours. However, things should be back to normal in January.

In the meanwhile, if you have a free afternoon and $40 ($30 if you're a student with college ID), then stop on by. I should get paid for this post. But I'm not.

I'd highly reccomend Tyler at Saratoga Massage Therapy. He's not only awesome, but he's sweet too. Excellent massage, excellent care. Plus, there's a chiropractor there, so you can get cracked as well! Awesome place. AND reasonable! Right up rte 50, so really easy from CP.

+1 (that's +3?) for the Center for Natural Wellness student clinic, it's one of these little known "trick" to get a good massage at a very reasonable rate.

I opened up a new massage office about three months ago at 747 Madison Ave. Come try us out! We offer swedish, deep tissue, thai yoga, couples and 4 Hand Massage. Visit our website for more info: http://massageandbodyworkartists.com. I think we give excellent massages!

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