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Business Basics

Established: 2007
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Offering: Prenatal massage

Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.

As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.

Did You Know?
  • 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
  • Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration

Jen Wallace, LMT

Bamboo Massage: Plant-Based Healing

Massage therapists use bamboo as a unique source of soothing pressure. Study up, then relax with Groupon's look at bamboo massage.

A massage therapist's hands are strong and capable by necessity, but for deep, consistent pressure all over the body, bamboo can lend a little extra help. By kneading, tapping, sliding, and rolling smooth bamboo sticks—often heated—across muscles, practitioners can induce a state of deep relaxation in their clients. Because it's so versatile, bamboo can achieve effects similar to shiatsu, lymphatic-drainage, and thai massage while enabling more intense and prolonged pressure, since the rods relieve some of the hands' burden. Oil or lotion often accompanies the strokes, which can range from focused kneading with the end of the stick to rolls that travel the length of the body. Massage therapists are likely to use several rods for different parts of the body—thicker ones across the upper legs and shoulders, and thinner ones elsewhere to avoid squishing the tentacles. Wherever they roll, the sticks help promote circulation and release muscle knots.

Though bamboo massage is the new rising star on spa menus across North America, the tradition is rooted in ancient Chinese medicine. Since bamboo was part of daily life—used for everything from paper and musical instruments to simple farm tools and wireless routers—it was only natural that it found its way into the culture's healing practices. The plant even took on spiritual significance, becoming an enduring symbol for youth, prosperity, strength, and peace.

In a Nutshell

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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