Massaging away menses: W’Burg, Greenpoint spas offer women a new service for ‘that time of the month’

Red tide reliever: Rachel Beider, the owner of Massage Williamsburg and Massage Greenpoint, recently debuted a special treatment to help relieve women’s period pain.
Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Call it the red moon rub.

A pair of massage studios in Williamsburg and Greenpoint is offering a treatment to help soothe period pain that is perfect for anyone who suffers from Aunt Flo’s rage, according to its creator.

“If you’re experiencing any pain or tension or grief to do with your monthly cycle, this will help,” said Rachel Beider, who owns Massage Williamsburg and Massage Greenpoint, which focus on women’s health.

The establishments rolled out the “Moon Cycle Massage,” which includes a medley of techniques to stamp out discomfort, this month.

First, a deep-heat pack with flaxseed and lavender is applied to the lower back and abdomen, where cramps affect women most. After that, the therapist’s magic hands get down to work using a rose-geranium infused oil, which is recommended for balancing hormones. The technician then focuses her attention on wherever the client needs it most, and finishes the session by serving a cup of organic raspberry-leaf tea, which alleviates cramps and premenstrual cycle symptoms, according to Beider.

Many of her patrons get massages to reduce pain during their periods, and she thought offering them her personal remedies might further ease their suffering, she said.

“A lot of my clients were going through the same thing every month, with a massage either before or during their periods where they needed a lot of focused work,” Beider said. “I thought about what kind of things I do for self care when I’m at home.”

A 60-minute rub goes for $130 and a 90-minute one costs $185. Customers can also purchase a year-long package of either length with two free sessions.

No one has signed up for a moon cycle massage yet, but the therapists have been hard at work practicing on each other, and give the remedy two thumbs up, Beider said.

She hopes the treatment will help women and men — who can enjoy some of the studios’ non-menstrual services — open up about periods once and for all.

“There’s a lot of stigma with talking about periods in general, it’s not something that people bring up without being prompted,” she said. “I think this opens up the conversati­on.”

Try it yourself at Massage Wiliamsburg (169 Wythe Ave. at N. Sixth Street in Williamsburg, or Massage Greenpoint (37 Greenpoint Ave. at West Street in Greenpoint, $130/hour, $185/90 minutes.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 2:52 pm, August 25, 2017
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Marge from Boerum Hill says:
I'm sorry, but what is this article reffering to? I see all the moon comments, but what is this thing? I simply don't get it.
Aug. 21, 2017, 9:04 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!