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Can Couples Get Closer Through Bodywork? 

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From hot towels to hot feet, here are more therapies geared toward Green Mountain mates.

Couple’s Facials, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe: Private couples’ suites with soaking tubs and fireplaces set the scene for the side-by-side therapies offered here. Couples can take an aromatherapy bath by the flickering flame before tandem massages in the “couple’s retreat,” or opt for hot-rock therapy. But for pairs who’ve been worried about winter’s wear and tear on their skin, the 50- or 80-minute facials are the ticket.

Couple’s Facials, 50 minutes, $290; 80 minutes, $390. stoweflake.com

Hot Rose Quartz Crystal Side-by-Side Massage, Cynthea’s Spa, Burlington: Even the strongest of marriages can have messed-up meridians and chakras, right? So say hello to this hot-stone massage with a twist: Instead of the typical basalt rocks, therapists use hot rose quartz crystals that purportedly stimulate those meridians and chakras to dissipate energetic blockages. The Burlington day spa also offers more traditional treatments for two, including Swedish and deep-tissue massage, all done in a private couples’ suite.

Hot Rose Quartz Crystal Side-By-Side Massage, 60 minutes, $200; 90 minutes, $280. Swedish Side-By-Side Massage, $160-220; Deep Tissue Side-By-Side Massage, $175-250. cyntheaspa.com

Cupid 5K, Shelburne: This brand-new race offers romance along with heart-pumping pavement pounding. Singles who are “looking” wear a red bandana to signify their solo relationship status and start five minutes after the taken trotters (“not looking”), who wear white bandanas. The out-and-back course starts at Shelburne’s Field House and ends with cups of hot chocolate and dollar-per-minute massages that benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Cupid 5K. Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m. at the Field House in Shelburne. Registration $25 by February 12; $10 extra on race day. racevermont.com

Couples Yoga for Labor and Birth, Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington: First comes love, then comes marriage, and you know what comes next. But the baby needs help being birthed, which is why Susan Cline Lucey — a mom of three and a doula who has helped with more than 70 births — created this two-hour workshop tailored for expectant twosomes. Think breath work, labor positions and pain-relieving tips, alongside yoga movements and massage. “I have great perspective on all types of birth, all types of support, and how to make couples comfortable with working together,” says Cline Lucey, who’s been offering the class for nearly eight years.

Meanwhile, those who aren’t expecting — and even those who are completely unattached — can still celebrate love with shavasana, chocolate and more during Evolution’s special Valentine’s Day Yoga session offered by Christine Holt.

Couples Yoga for Labor and Birth. Friday, March 7, 6 to 8 p.m. $55. Valentine’s Day Yoga. Friday, February 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15. evolutionvt.com

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Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Sarah Tuff Dunn was a frequent contributor to Seven Days and its monthly parenting publication, Kids VT. She is the co-author of 101 Best Outdoor Towns.

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