Nov. 11, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
A new massage studio has opened in Long Island City, offering a wide selection of therapeutic and maternal massages.
PRESS Modern Massage, located at 5-14 51st Ave., has five treatment rooms and offers indoor and outdoor spaces for community events and local healers.
The LIC location, located close to the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue subway station, is the PRESS’s first Queens location. The company also operates three massage studios in Brooklyn.
The massage center offers customized massage sessions for pain and stress relief, as well as women’s focused services like prenatal care and period massages.
The studio offers a wide array of regular massages, including deep tissue, Swedish, back, neck and shoulders massages.
Massages start at $130 an hour and the new studio is offering $20 off any massages for new clients. The massages last from one hour to 90 minutes long.
PRESS is a woman-owned, body-positive studio owned by Greenpoint resident Rachel Beider. It was founded in 2008 as Massage Willamsburg with one treatment room and Beider as the sole massage therapist.
Today, PRESS has four locations – in Willamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO and now LIC – and employs over 50 staff across Queens and Brooklyn.
PRESS also employs 12 employees in its new LIC location. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. by appointment only.
“Urban living has left countless people exhausted and stressed. We’re seeing so many injuries and strains related to modern living, but we have your back, Queens,” said Beider. “We’re thrilled to join LIC’s wellness community alongside our neighbors like Sacred Waters, Form + Flow, and LIC Community Acupuncture.”
Beider also said that the company’s ethos was to give back to the local community.
“As a small business, it’s important for us to invest in our communities, from hiring and buying locally to investing our time and resources with local nonprofits and groups,”