Early Greek philosophers relied on spas to rid themselves of worldly troubles, ensuring clearer thinking and the growth of healthy, strokeable beards. Find your own reasons for a spa retreat with today's Groupon to Amadeus Spa in Pasadena. Choose between the following options:
• For $99, you get a 2.5-hour spa experience consisting of a 60-minute massage (a $95 value), an Executive facial (a $100 value), a paraffin hand treatment (a $20 value), a glass of wine and chocolates (a $12 value), and validated parking (a $10 value; a $237 total value).
• For $169, you get a five-hour luxury spa experience consisting of a complimentary eucalyptus steam treatment, a 60-minute massage (a $95 value), a Kona loofah glow treatment (an $85 value), an Executive facial (a $100 value), a paraffin hand treatment (a $20 value), a mani-pedi (a $79 value), a light lunch (a $20 value), a glass of wine and chocolates (a $12 value), and validated parking (a $10 value; a $421 total value).
Beautifying sojourns at Amadeus Spa begin with complimentary access to showers and hair-dryers before downy robes and cushy slippers slip physiques into the uniform of luxury. Highly trained massage therapists tailor each 60-minute session to the body's needs, listening as muscles whisper their complaints of daily stresses, old injuries, and unfair expectations bred by Popeye cartoons. Executive facials exfoliate dull surface cells before customizing a steam cleaning, a facial massage, a mask, and a hydration treatment to suit each hide. A silky paraffin hand treatment envelops skin in waxen softness preferable to a slow dance at a wax museum, and wine and chocolates crown the opulent experience.
The luxury package adds additional elegance with a light lunch, plus a preliminary session in the eucalyptus steam room and a scrupulous scrub with a Kona loofah, banishing dead skin before sealing in moisture with a layer of Amadeus TEA lotion. Meanwhile, mani-pedi pros shape nails, refine calluses, and massage sapped extremities before finishing digits with eye-catching polish to make any flicked fly feel special.
Cofounder Tina Mui-Wong boasts a passion for the beauty industry that spurred her to earn a cosmetology license before completing high school and establish a pair of spas that have thrived for more than 25 years. In a 2010 interview with Pasadena Magazine, Mui-Wong admits to being a "product freak," which is reflected in her role as developer of Amadeus's signature line, T.E.A. The staff and salon has appeared in the film Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, graced television screens on ABC's Extreme Makeover, and exhibited their handiwork on the Rose Bowl queen and her court of chrysanthemum noblesse for two decades.
Amadeus takes pride in its custom massages, and re-trains every nail technician in-house to ensure updated mastery of the hand jive. Guests receive slippers, robes, and complimentary skin consultations upon request, and may pad down the scented hallways after their treatment to decompress in a eucalyptus steam room.
The massage was in a very nice room, very clean, with soft music.Charlotte R., Yelp, 6/30/09
I especially love the Eucalyptus steam room.Britney A., Yelp, 1/4/09
799 E Green St.
Pasadena, California 91101