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A massage being introduced this month at Bliss spas in New York and Hoboken enables clients to get kneaded while listening to Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and U2.

The new Rhythm and Bliss massage rejects the notion that New Age is the universal soundtrack of relaxation. Its recipients sample and then select one of four musical playlists (rock, classical, world or electronic); don Bluetooth headphones (which also block out noise in the hallways), then spend the next hour being massaged in sync to the music.

"We're really trying to push the boundaries," said Ben Brown, a massage therapist who created the playlists as well as the more traditional ones for Bliss spas across the country. The rock version begins with the Kinks (no pun intended) and includes college favorites as well as new artists.

"People were like 'You can't do a massage to rock,' " Mr. Brown said. "But it's very possible." (And at $155, cheaper than some concert tickets.)

Rhythm and Bliss is part of a new wave of specialty massages that go far beyond hot stones, oils and mud to soothe bodies and transport minds. These extreme massages are intended to affect all of the senses, using music, colored lights, vibrations, spinning tables, gemstones - even live snakes at one spa in Israel. And while reptiles are not a spa standard (yet), therapists say the amped-up services are taking off, thanks to a new generation of savvy spa-goers who are willing to be more adventurous, especially if there's a promise of unwinding faster.

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From: New York Times

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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