You can overcome the pain of heartbreak with a thrilling ride on a rollycoaster, but if back pain affects every movement throughout your day and zaps your energy, it will even drain your ability to enjoy a thrilling rollycoaster ride. Today’s Groupon gets you a half-hour massage, x-rays, and a chiropractic exam at Specific Family Wellness for $57 ($280 value). Get to the bottom of your back pain at Specific Family’s Spring Lake Park office or Maplewood clinic.
Massage therapists Kenyata and Shelley indulge beleaguered bodies with a diverse menu of muscle manipulations and remedies for wellness. One-hour muscle massages bestow energy and banish tension, with the Swedish massage relaxing limbs into limp noodles and eradicating stress-filled meatballs. A heady cocktail of essential oils and mixed head-to-toe massage techniques envelop the senses in The Aromatherapy Ritual, whereas the warm stones massage uses small, rounded river rocks to simulate the feeling of heavy-footed toddlers walking on one’s back. Pregnancy and deep-tissue sessions complete the roster of back-bolstering options.
Certified hydrotherapist and Peaceful Waters owner Tammy Fischer is certified in a variety of natural therapies that can detoxify the body and lead to better overall health. She has handpicked the latest equipment and products to facilitate each client's visit, including the comfortably cushioned, gravity-fed Angel of Water colon-hydrotherapy system. Fischer applies nine different therapeutic-grade essential oils by Young Living during raindrop therapy, aiming to purge the spine and feet of bacteria and viruses. She employs a steam tent to draw out impurities from the skin and also uses the IonCleanse ionic bath, which is designed to detoxify the body via the feet. During the footbath, patrons relax in an iJoy robotic massage chair, which impersonates a human being and inspires joy just like Anderson Cooper.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Getting a massage isn't just an indulgence for Michelle Alvermann. It also inspires her to be a better practitioner. It reminds her of the importance of helping her clients feel great, whether they come to her seeking pain management or to curb anxiety, sleeplessness, or muscles that squish when you walk. She performs six different modalities, such as deep-tissue, pregnancy, and cranial-sacral therapy, in private rooms with soft music.
Island Therapeutic Massage's founder and owner, Victoria, believes that massage can be part of a daily or weekly de-stressing regimen, rather than just a once-in-a-while indulgence. At her massage center's two locations, she and her team work to stimulate circulation, fend off disease, and bring balance to their clients' bodies with an array of soothing modalities.
Among the most popular of these modalities, Swedish and deep-tissue massages uncoil sinews and reduce stress with varying levels of pressure. Therapeutic massage, trigger-point therapy, and sports massage focus more on specific ailments, targeting headaches and chronic pain from injuries on the field or in the workplace. Another specialty modality, pregnancy massage, helps expectant mothers and babies cope with the stress of hormonal changes and rigid nine-month deadlines. To ramp up your relaxation, request body scrubs and aromatherapy with nonscented or Young Living essential oils.