Touch has always helped humans relieve stress, whether it’s the nimble fingers of a massage therapist or the gentle nuzzle of a colleague during a high-stakes merger. Unwind with a healing touch and today's Groupon: for $35, you get a 60-minute Swedish or deep-tissue massage at Millennium Hair Salon in Hadley (a $75 value).
Millennium Hair Salon's licensed massage therapists Ted Goodnight and Sarah Mason untangle muscular knots with full-body massage treatments. During the Swedish massage, nimble fingers sweep over physiques using long, flowing strokes to soothe aches and promote relaxation. An effective treatment for boosting blood circulation, Swedish massage also relieves anxiety, depression, and trauma resulting from having a quarter painfully extracted from an ear by a street magician. Alternatively, a deep-tissue massage deploys a more pressurized knuckling to bear down on acutely strained segments. The treatment can purge bodies of chronic pain and stiffness, as well as boost energy levels more effectively than swallowing an energy drink dipped in chocolate.
On their way to the plum-themed massage room, patrons stride past a chic trove of ornate Victorian mirrors and patterned furniture. Located near the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the salon proffers convenient massages for collegiate guests sore from sports, intense study sessions, or bench-pressing Oxford English dictionaries.
Millennium Hair Salon
Millennium Hair Salon's proximity to the Five Colleges area has kept its stylists aligned with the latest trends, cemented with Paul Mitchell and Redken products. The continuously educated stylists take their shears and bold colors to the tresses of men and women, altering textures with perms and straightening treatments. As clients admire new 'dos in ornate Baroque mirrors at marble-topped style stations, manicurists outfit nails in vibrant polish or French tips, useful for convincing superstitious friends that you have touched a ghost. Dark wood floors and red velvet curtains lead to more private areas, where aestheticians de-fuzz clients with warm wax and massage therapists dole out deep-tissue kneads amid crimson walls.