If deprived of massages, your muscles will gradually contract and twine together until they spell out the phone number of the nearest hospital. Answer the cry for help with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $34 for one 60-minute massage of your choice with aromatherapy (a $75 value)
- $64 for two 60-minute massages of your choice with aromatherapy (a $150 value)
During customized sessions, a massage therapist draws on various massage styles, such as sports and trigger point, to knead achy muscles. The one-hour treatment ends with soothing aromatherapy.
Among the massage options for this deal are Swedish and deep-tissue treatments, two different approaches that render very different benefits. Read our guide to choose the best option for you.
Swedish vs. Deep-Tissue Massage: Finding the Right Way to Relax
The relationship between deep-tissue and Swedish massage is much like that between penicillin and Sudafed. Both are designed to help you feel better, but the one that makes the most sense depends on your individual symptoms and goals. Here's what to expect from each of the two modalities:
Swedish massage combines four distinct motions—effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement—to help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session. The four phases are easy enough to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.
Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relieving mental and physical tension, deep-tissue massage has more specific concerns. Due to stress and other factors, the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body's muscles and bones—the fascia—often tenses up, resulting in muscle knots and a painful buildup of lactic acid. Deep-tissue massage aims to warm up the fascia and release the accumulated toxins. To achieve this, the therapist’s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers. Although the intensity can produce some discomfort, deep-tissue massage should still be relaxing; the goal, after all, is to relieve the tension between muscles and their weird roommate, the skeleton.
At Massage Heaven, achy muscles and anxious minds receive equal amounts of attention from the hands of experienced massage professionals. Swedish massage helps ease stress with long, fluid strokes, while deep-tissue work, trigger point therapy, and pregnancy massage revert overworked or injured bodies back to their more able selves. Massage Heaven layers aromatherapy onto traditional bodywork and offers lesser-known modalities including ice massage, which dulls pain and reduces one's chance of spontaneous combustion.