Massages are a time-honored method of alleviating stress, much like the ancient art of crafting origami swans out of midterm exams. Ace relaxation with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a 90-minute Swedish or deep-tissue massage with aromatherapy at Hampton Bodywerks Massage Spa (a $180 value).
Don Hampton, a licensed massage therapist and former medic in the U.S. Air Force and Texas Army National Guard, glides his healing hands over bodies to conciliate aggravated muscles with a variety of massage techniques. Over the course of a 90-minute Swedish massage, sore bodies give in to long, smooth strokes as sweet-smelling aromatherapy oils induce relaxation and make slipping out of unsolicited bear hugs a breeze. The massage's rolling, kneading, and percussive maneuvers can help improve circulation, increase flexibility, and enhance mental clarity. During deep-tissue sessions, which also include aromatherapy, Don unearths stiffness lurking below the body’s surface, replacing muscle knots with less painful and easier to undo velcro material. The soothing massage caters to bodies irked by chronic stress due to misalignment and past injuries.
Hampton Bodywerks Massage Spa
Before earning his diploma in Swedish massage from the Austin School of Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Don A. Hampton discovered a passion for helping others heal while working as a medic in the U.S. Air Force and Texas Army National Guard. At Hampton Bodywerks Massage Spa, his highly trained hands do battle with tightly wound tissue, tension, and pain, arming themselves from an arsenal of relaxation-inducing tools that includes hot stones, salt stones, and therapeutic herbs. Ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass are central players in Hampton's Thai herbal ball massage—a 5,000-year-old practice designed to relieve pain and inflammation using a steamed herbal compress and gentle circular movements. Other specialty services include the Balinese-inspired jamu massage, which energizes the body with acupressure, long strokes, and percussion-like drumming, as well as sugar-scrub body treatments that soften skin using a blend of white and brown sugars, grape-seed and canola oils, and other ingredients favored by beautiful scones.