When the word "massage" comes up, we know there are those in the camp who have massages all the time, and those in the camp who haven't had one in, oh, a gazillion years. That would include me. (And no, I've never stretched out on a table like the one shown at left.)
Then there are those folks whose significant others offer to, say, "get the kinks out," but give up after a couple of minutes.
If you're someone who would like to learn to give your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend a massage in the privacy of your own home - and have it have some effect - Anna Simpson, who owns Body & Soul fitness center in Sacramento, has an event this month that might hit the spot, so to speak.
She and her husband, Phil, are offering a "hands-on" massage class from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 27 at the business, which is at 2733 Riverside Blvd. The cost is $40 a couple and space is limited, so reservations are necessary.That's why we're getting the word out early.
In an e-mail, Anna says that her clients have complained that home massage is a wasted effort. But she says the problem really isn't a mate's unwillingness to help - it's that they don't know what they're doing.
In the class, couples can learn something called "proper body mechanics" so that they are able to give a better massage. And get this - the two-hour class includes champagne and chocolate. That should get everyone in the proper mood!
Don't worry - everyone will remain fully clothed during the class, so participants should wear comfortable, lightweight clothing.
When you get home, you're on your own.
Apparently, this type of class is quite popular on the East Coast, especially in New York, and Anna says she's eager to bring it to Sacramento.
For more info: (916) 731-5700.