Behind an unassuming storefront on West Street, a small boutique spa is full of the unexpected. Xpress Therapy (60 West St) isn’t exactly a high-end massage parlor or physical therapy practice, but it has aspects of both, thanks to its owner, Nestor Cora, a former Olympian with nearly 30 years of experience. experience as a massage therapist.
Towering over most at 6’5″, the former professional basketball player has the demeanor of a gentle giant and the space inside Xpress Therapy feels like a wandering bohemian’s lair – rustic and eclectic – where the tea is served and meditative music emanates throughout.
As a professional athlete since the age of 16, Nestor has learned a lot about the body, health and nutrition in order to maximize performance in sporting events. It was after sustaining an injury that he turned to healing, and he supplemented his knowledge with formal training at the Swedish Institute as well as study abroad in Bali.
Over the years he has worked in many luxury spas as well as medical practices offering a variety of traditional services ranging from Swedish, deep tissue to aromatherapy. But what he seems best suited to do, given his background, are sports massages and medical massages.
According to Nestor, there are two types of sports massage and they both involve stretching to help prevent injury and lengthen the body. Pre-event sports massages are performed before an event or activity such as jogging and the massaging motion is quick to increase blood circulation. Post-event sports massages are at a slower pace to bring the body back to normal.
A medical massage targets an injured area and may include a hot compress, a cold compress, or Chinese cupping. Chinese cupping draws fresh blood to the area where the injury is, which helps heal the area.
Looking at Xpress Therapy’s offerings, you might be surprised to see prices as low as $30 for a massage. For Nestor, “I feel like massage can help heal the body in so many ways and it’s something people should experience whether they’re athletic or not, so I wanted to make it accessible. It was never a get rich thing for me.
Nestled among shiny new construction buildings, an affordable option like Xpress Therapy is a rare find these days. And character businesses led by quirky creatives like this are what make New York, New York.
This summer, mention GREENPOINTERS for $10 off 60-90 minute massages or take advantage of one of these packages:
- 1 hour full body massage + 30 minute foot massage ($69)
- Couples massage – 1 hour ($89), 90 minutes ($115)