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Valentine’s Day Spas

Soak it Up

In between the holidays and Tax day we have Valentine’s Day: the perfect reason to treat your honey and yourself to rejuvenating and relaxing spa treatments. Not that you need the so-called holiday as an excuse, but giving the gift of a spa treatment is almost never a bad thing!

Cocoon Urban Day Spa
Book a candlelit couples massage for 60 or 90 minutes here for complete relaxation. Or give the gift of a heavenly facial, deep tissue massage or the “Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage.” These may all be supplemented with aromatherapy, an Indian Head Massage or Ayurvedic foot massage. Or heck, a mani/pedi works too!

Psoas Massage + Bodywork
Specializing in providing relief to athletes and those in chronic pain, Psoas offers personalized treatments and Couples Massage (bring your own music if you like). As Couples Massage requires two massage therapists, it’s recommended to book early.

Wonderfoot Health Center
Before you skip over this one, don’t let the goofy name fool you. While not for spa snobs who require luxury facilities, most everyone can appreciate a good foot massage. Treat your Valentine to that and more at Wonderfoot in the Richmond. $30 buys a 70-minute treatment that includes face massage followed by scalp, then arms and shoulder massage while the feet soak. The actual foot massage pairs reflexology with Swedish massage techniques.

Nob Hill Spa
We included The Harmony Couples Massage at Nob Hill Spa in our holiday spa gift guide in 2008, but there’s a reason it’s included once again in this year’s Valentine’s day guide. The 60-minute side-by-side massage, followed by three-course meal at the Big 4 Restaurant downstairs is rumored to be quite the experience. If you’d rather skip the couples treatment and give a gift treatment, your Valentine probably won’t be disappointed either, though it’s not quite as romantic.

Therapeia Massage
Another standout San Francisco establishment that counts couples massage among its many offerings. Typically the “Classic” is the default for couples massage, combining techniques from Swedish to advanced deep tissue massage, but if you something else in mind, don’t be afraid to ask. Hot stone; prenatal; cranial-sacral therapy; Thai; head, neck and shoulder; head, face and scalp; and foot massages are just a little sampling.

Kabuki Springs & Spa
This Japanese-style bathhouse in Japantown is one of the few in San Francisco to offer communal bathing in the style of traditional Japanese public baths. However, if something more private is in order, order up a massage or acupuncture treatment for your sweetie.