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 $40, you get a 70-minute massage of your choice at STL Massage Services in Clayton, St. Peters, and at two locations in Chesterfield (a $90 value).
STL Massage Services’ experienced therapist works his five-fingered magic on weary muscles, casting off anxieties with 1 of 13 massage techniques refined in more than 15 years of practice. During aromatherapy massage sessions, the soothing aromas of highly concentrated essential oils slacken the invisible grip of stress and overbearing bosses. Enlist sore muscles in a bamboo massage that rolls heated sticks across backs to promote relaxation and sensory nerve perception. The slow, methodical strokes of Swedish and deep-tissue massages penetrate beyond the skin’s surface to improve circulation and pave fresh pathways for the body’s dump trucks to remove harmful toxins. Injuries sustained in football collisions or full-contact chess stand little chance against a sports massage designed to alleviate swelling. Pairs who wish to share in the experience can redeem two Groupons for a couples massage at the Clayton location.
Translucent curtains flow across the ceiling of the massage studio, joining with traditional Japanese room dividers among other Asian-inspired ornamentation. Candles cast their warm glow across the room throughout the 70-minute session, revealing glimpses of the shadow kingdom to which the therapist exiles stress demons.
STL Massage and Health
As a personal trainer, qi gong and yoga instructor, and physical-therapist assistant, Ken has developed a broad and intuitive understanding of the human body. He brings all this knowledge—plus more than 15 years of massage experience—to bear during soothing sessions at STL Massage and Health. There, Ken and his team of qualified massage therapists tackle muscular knots with a wide variety of modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages.