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Best Gay Massages in Byron Bay

There's no shortage of massage therapists in Byron Bay that offers various types of services. If you're not familiar with Byron Bay, it is known as the rainbow region because of its inclusivity and history of being a mecca for LGBTQ+ visitors, particularly gay men.

The healing aspect of sensual massages, tantric massages, or bodywork can help individuals deal with reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, often improving sleep quality. Additional benefits are the elimination of sexual, emotional, mental, and physical blockage. Here are 3 massage practitioners that cater to men as well as an instructor that offers various types of classes and workshops.

Lets Be Well

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Lets Be Well Counseling, Group Process, Bodywork

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Lets Be Well offers 3 types of services:

Counseling and Coaching

Therapy and counseling sessions to learn how to navigate life in a more harmonious way.

Gestalt Group Process

Therapy that is designed to focus and center on your awareness, freedom, and self-direction.


Offering sessions of Kahuna massage or Zen Thai Shiatsu

  • Ceremonial Transpersonal Bodywork - With respect and reverence to the roots of Polynesian techniques and an ongoing love affair within the field of the transpersonal. With ongoing guidance from within entheogenic medicine, transpersonal bodywork offers treatment and experience that is profound and rich in ceremony and rite of passage. Grounded in the basic principles of Yin and Yang and the cycles of destruction, creation, embodiment, preservation, and release the application of touch, sound, rhythm, motion, breath, clear intention and focus bring about a heightened awareness and deep connectedness unfurls within both the giver and receiver. Approached as a whole body meditation and a practice in turning one's gaze inward the receiver is facilitated in exploring the complex layers of the body, mind psyche, and interconnected beliefs, emotions, and memories. It is with courage and commitment to using the mind to travel within the many layers of the body system that a profound deepening and unification of all parts of the human experience unfurl. Our breath is our anchor and our breeze from which we captain our vessel, our inner landscape and the many layers within is the infinite ocean from which we must learn to navigate with presence, courage, and commitment.
  • Thai Shiatsu Bodywork - A fusion of Thai and Shiatsu massage, this treatment is therapeutic in nature and is offered as a clothed treatment. Delivered on a shiatsu mat on the floor the practice involves gentle stretching, cradling, rocking, rubbing, and shiatsu trigger point therapy. The treatment has been likened to receiving a 1.5-hour yoga session without you having to do anything except breathe and let go.
  • Thai Shiatsu Floor Massage - a 90-minute whole body meditation. With this technique, your body is invited to find its own parasympathetic nervous system release. Thai Shiatsu Massage offers a deep rest of the entire body and nervous system.
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The Healing Touch

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Healing Touch

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​The Healing Touch offers the following experiences:

Sensual Experiences

The Sensual Experience treatments offer varying degrees of bodywork from full body contact to mind and body to deep tissue. There are also introductory options as well as services for the more experienced.

Traditional Experiences

Similar to the sensual sessions, the traditional experiences offer sessions focused on relaxation, deep tissue, Swedish massage, Lomi Lomi massage, Reflexology, and Body Realignment.

Intimate Experiences

Sessions are designed to explore connections with a man, learn to talk, discover boundaries, and reach a higher state of understanding.

Couples Experiences

Massage sessions that focus on couples whether it is one at a time, side by side, or a design your own couples experience.​

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Frank Massage

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Frank Massage

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A massage therapy experience that blends, folds, and connects in a rhythmic motion. Learning to connect through breathing, the flow of the body and mind, and offering a new experience and freedom of fluidity and sensuality.

Bodywork Experiences

  • Remedial/Sports
  • Rebalancing and Deep Tissue
  • Relaxation
  • Hawaiin Bodywork
  • Tantra and Taoist
  • Thai Yoga Massage
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Kahuna Man Bodywork

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Kahuna Man Bodywork

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Kahuna Man Bodywork is where you learn the art of bodywork and massage. Classes are online or in person.

Kahuna Online Course

This is a workshop-style course where you will learn step-by-step how to perfect your form.

Bodywork Content

Stream bodywork technique content to learn the process of massage, health, fitness, and wellbeing.

Man Bodywork Workshop

Beginner's guide to bodywork in a workshop setting. This workshop is all video content with over two hours of bodywork content and various techniques.

Nude Oil Floor Bodywork

Use massage oil and learn the technique of floor massage without the need for a massage table. This course is perfect for couples to learn new techniques and make a greater connection.

Floor Massage Bodywork Routine

This course is all about floor techniques for massage and stretch routines. The step-by-step instructions cover over 40 different massage and stretching techniques.

Training Course Demo

This 50-minute video is perfect for those starting out in bodywork. Watch as the instructor walks a couple through a massage session.

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Like many of the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films, LGBTQ+ fans awaited the release of Thor: Love and Thunder in open anticipation of the inclusivity that both Marvel and Disney had promised. However, the fans were only setting themselves up for disappointment when the film was finally released.

Despite passionate assurances from studio heads to key actors, Thor: Love and Thunder was NOT spectacularly gay. It wasn’t even that good…

Premiere Night Promises

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Standing on the red carpet at the London Premiere of the film, director and actor Taika Waititi and fellow cast members Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson were offered up the inevitable question: “How gay is the film?

Amidst some laughter from the crowds, Waititi gestured towards Portman to respond. The actress (who plays Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, throughout the franchise) raised the microphone to her lips and thought for a moment, before delivering a quiet yet fateful: “So gay!

Barely a moment had passed before the gathered fans went wild and Taika Waititi gave his own verdict: “Super gay!”. Tessa Thompson made no statement on the ‘gayness’ of the film, instead opting to swing her microphone around suggestively. As more cheers erupted, a second round of “super gay” slipped out of Waititi’s mouth, before he urged the fans to enjoy the film.

Thor: Love and Thunder’s LGBTQ+ Potential

Thor’s movie-goers were definitely hyped up for a gay extravaganza and they had a specific character in mind. The fan-favorite Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, stumbled her way into the MCU during Thor’s third film, Ragnarok. The Asgardian warrior won many people over with her wit, sarcasm, and pure badassery.

After the events of Avengers: Endgame *spoilers*, Thor Odinson gives up his claim to the throne of Asgard and names Valkyrie as king in his stead. This left many fans excited to see what would become of the character, especially after certain revelations were made at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con:

“As a new king, she has to find her queen. So that’ll be her first order of business.”

With these words, Tessa Thompson threw her LGBTQ+ fans into a frenzy, with heavy expectations for the then-upcoming fourth installment of the Thor films. Indeed, in an interview with the LA Times, shortly before the film's release, Tessa Thompson was asked to comment on the sexuality of her character. She responded with several promising remarks, including “there’s a lot of folks that are righteously very hungry for that representation to exist in these movies, as am I”.

*Warning: spoilers ahead!*

So, How Gay Was Thor 4?

To put it simply: not gay at all. Not only did Valkyrie end up without a fabulous new queen, her non-heteronormative sexuality only got the barest mention (a brief line about a previous, now dead, girlfriend). Valkyrie may have made bedroom eyes at some pretty ladies before an action scene spoils the moment, but that’s about as much as we get.

The film does get some credit for introducing a trans character in a minor yet significant role. Thor returns to his people (after a brief stint as a Guardian of the Galaxy) only to find out that the daughter of one of his closest (and deceased) friends is now a boy. The issue is, whether due to personal prejudice or some alien inability to grasp the concept of being transgender, it does take Thor a frustrating few moments to come to terms with the change. And to stop deadnaming.

In fact, the only concession to the queer community was Taika Waititi’s extraterrestrial character Korg finding a husband in one of the closing scenes. This heartfelt moment was somewhat underscored by the revelation that Korg’s entire species is male, meaning he had no other choice but to be ‘gay’.

This Is Not Marvel’s First Queerbaiting Attempt

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This is, by far, not the first time that LGBTQ+ fans have been sorely disappointed by the workings of Marvel and Disney. In fact, people across many social media platforms have been chiding expectant viewers for once again falling for classic queerbaiting tactics. “Being queerbaited by the MCU is like being a golden retriever with a human who always pretends to throw the ball”, one Tumblr user declared.

Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, was the perfect moment for the MCU to introduce its first lesbian lead. Larson’s character seemed to have an intense relationship with another woman, going so far as to help raise her child (before Larson’s Carol Danvers disappeared from Earth for 6 years). Despite leaning into several romantic tropes, the status of their relationship was never fully fleshed out. However, it was also the franchise’s first female-led superhero movie, so maybe they thought that introducing her as a lesbian would make the film too awesome.

The heavily anticipated Avengers: Endgame was also slated to introduce the MCU’s ‘first gay character'. While many fans were excited, particularly as this would be the second of Larson’s appearances on screen, the big gay build-up was a massive letdown. The film’s director Joe Russo made a cameo as a blip survivor mourning the loss of his husband. A five-second throw-away scene that had no impact on the outcome of the film. Big whoop...

Even when we did see a film with a gay lead, The Eternals, there were also ten other straight leads. At that point, it just seemed more like basic probability than an attempt at pushing LGBT+ superheroes into the spotlight.

Why Can’t Disney Let Marvel Be Gay?

The big problem with allowing a few characters to be anything other than cishet is that there are still many countries in the world that outlaw homosexuality. As much as we like to think that the MCU is being made for comic book fans, we all know the purpose of the films is to make money for Disney. And without certain markets in Asia and the Middle East, Disney wouldn’t be raking in up to (and over) one billion dollars per theatrical release.

Is There Any Hope For LGBTQ+ Fans In The MCU’s Future?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the second in the much-loved Black Panther arc, will be released in cinemas this November. The studio has confirmed that the film will contain a queer character. Actress Michaela Coel will play Aneka, a warrior, and trainer of the king’s guard. Whether or not her diversity will stand out in the film (let alone endure for more than a 10-second scene that can be easily cut) remains to be seen.

Next year’s The Marvels film, starring Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Lashana Lynch may offer the MCU a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of its LGBT+ fans. The studios may feel it’s finally time to offer us the heartwarming lesbian relationship between Larson’s Carol Danvers and Lynch’s Maria Rambeau that seemed to be teased in the first Captain Marvel. Don’t raise your hopes too high, though, as you may yet end up as a stubborn golden retriever waiting for a cinematic universe to finally throw that rainbow ball.