ClassPass, for the unschooled (or workout-averse), is a genius app that’s basically the Netflix of workouts. For a monthly fee of $49 to $139, you have access to hundreds of local fitness classes right at your fingertips—no commitment required (in fact, a wandering eye is encouraged, since you can only go to the same class twice in a month).
Having recently downloaded it, I can attest that it will encourage you to work out—there’s something thrilling about having access to everything from aerial yoga to supermodel-approved boxing workouts. It’s like scrolling through Postmates, except, you know, the opposite.
Which is why I was surprised, thrilled, and delighted to find out that there’s another secret benefit to ClassPass—one that appeals to my lazier side and one that most people don’t take advantage of. As I chomped down on a grain bowl during lunch with someone from ClassPass’ PR team, she casually mentioned how she had just used the app to get a massage. What?! You can get free massages on ClassPass? I choked on the particularly large bite of brown rice I had just taken and begged her to explain herself immediately.
Apparently, there are things called restorative classes that you can take advantage of on ClassPass. So, nestled among the cycling, Pilates, yoga, boot camp, and dance classes are a different set of classes that are used to “adequately prepare your body for upcoming exercise, as well as restore your body after rigorous workouts,” the PR spokesperon says. “Restorative classes provide the perfect complement to the traditional exercise classes, bringing physical and mental relief to hardworking bodies through recovery tactics such as sports massage, stretching, aromatherapy, meditation, and foam rolling.”
If any of the above sound intriguing to you (which they should, if you are a human who likes R&R), here’s how to search for them. The PR spokesperson says that the best way to filter and find these classes is to use specific keywords within the “Find an activity or venue” search bar. Depending on the specific restorative class you’re looking for, you can search terms like massage, restore, and yoga to see what studios offer these in your area.
“The more restorative classes you attend, the more classes will appear in your ClassPass profile,” she says. If you want suggestions, check ClassPass’ website, The Warm Up, which frequently features cool restorative classes available to app users.
Want a little taste of some of the cool and Zen-inducing experiences you’ve been missing? Here you go:
- Normatec Lymphatic Compression at R&R Infrared Sauna Studio at Revolution Fitness
- 60-Minute Studio Massage at Body Nourishment Wellness Spa
- 60-Minute Massage at The Mist Spa
- Massage - 60 Minutes at Relax Holistic West Hollywood
- Traditional Thai Massage - 60 Min at El Leon Spa
- Natural Face Lift Massage at VEDA
- A Rodeo Massage 50 Minutes at The Spa On Rodeo
- Reflexology at BAO Foot Spa Santa Monica
- Pain Management Trigger Point Therapy at Spa de LA
- 90-Minute Single Massage at City Acupuncture of Silver Lake
- Craniosacral Therapy at Conscious Human Medicine
- Sports/Medical Massage at Body Balance Massage Therapy NYC
- Essential Facial at The Red Door Salon and Spa at the Chatwal Hotel
- Acupuncture + 30 Min Massage + Cupping at Valerio Acupuncture
- Cupping Therapy at True North Acupuncture
- Infrared Sauna w/ Shower at Salvation Wellness
- Massage at JM Bodywork
- 60-Minute Myofascial Massage at NK Body Philosophy
- Massage Therapy at Symbio Physiotherapy Chelsea
- 60-Minute Hydrafacial Magic Treatment at ann + sofia beauty concept
- Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage at El Noel Eco-Center for Integrative Wellness
Speaking of restoring, we suggest sprinkling Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt ($6) in a warm bath post-workout to give your sore muscles sweet, sweet relief.