Since 1981, I've brought therapeutic massage, relaxation, and wellness to many hundreds of satisfied clients, from professional athletes and dancers to busy parents. Even though I've been doing this for over 29 years, I'm still in awe of the human body and continually strive to give each person the best treatment possible.
Today's Groupon is perfect for people who love a good massage but hate how, unlike pie, they can't take any of it home with them. For $39, you get a one-hour therapeutic massage (a $70 value) plus one Warm Hugs corn pillow ($8) at Keep in Touch Massage. This Groupon can only be used at Keep In Touch's Uptown location, which employs a staff of 18 professionally trained massage therapists and operates seven massage rooms, making it a perfect rest stop for frazzled holiday shoppers and neighborhood girls weary from years of fending off Billy Joel.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Nourish winter-worn skin with today's Groupon. For $75, you'll get a 90-minute Korean spa ritual at Sabai Body Temple, one of the city's best spas according to Citysearchers, who voted it Best Minneapolis Massage in 2009. The hour-and-a-half experience will cleanse, stimulate, restore, and renew seasonally parched skin.
Signature Service: Deep tissue massage, especially 1.5+ hours
Brands Used: We have our own signature line of aromatherapy products
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Pro Tip: Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out our form, [which ensures] we can start on time.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Providing anatomically specific massage therapy gives us the opportunity to heal people. It is so incredible to have a client come in [with] pain, discomfort, or reduced ability and be able to help them toward improving these conditions. We take time to educate the client so that they can best understand what created the condition... and what they can [or] should do to help themselves recover as fast as possible.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
[One of my favorites was] that of a young man who has cerebral palsy and spends his life bent over crutches. After one of his massages, he told me that he felt so good he thought he could limbo. The other [came from] an 86 year-old man who had a medical condition that had reduced one shoulder and one hip to the point where he had only 15% range-of-motion in both joints. [When] he came in for his next massage [he told] me: "Last time when I left, I felt so good that I skipped to my car."
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I grew up exposed to massage and have always had a gift for it, but in high school there was a basketball player...[to whom] I would give a forearm-and-hand massage before many games, and she would always come back and tell me how much better she played after those massages. I still see her for appointments.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Many massage practices [prioritize] the "rest and relaxation" service and spa-like atmosphere, and the therapeutic skill of the therapist is hit-or-miss at best. Our clinics focus on the skill of the therapists first and foremost. We provide a wide range of services including ones that will target your areas of concern with precision or... that will absolutely melt you. Our offices provide a cozy—and some might say quaint—atmosphere. Our north office (2206 44th Ave.) has free, on-street parking on 44th. Our downtown office has a free parking lot and metered street parking.
Signature Service: Recreational Oxygen and Aromatherapy Bar
Brands Used: Stacker Vitamin Drinks, Powerade, Dasani Water
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Let yourself relax and breathe. You will feel your stress and the winter blues slip away.
Oxynate Oxygen Bar's owner Julie Sabby describes her business as a recreational oxygen and aromatherapy bar—she also sometimes calls the signature oxygen service a 20-minute vacation. Julie invites guests to sit back in a shiatsu massage chair, while inhaling energizing oxygen and tantalizing aromas. She says customers enjoy the experience so much, they sometimes tell her they'd like to stay forever. Such reactions don't surprise Julie, given the benefits she attributes to her services. "Oxygen is good for alleviating headaches, hangovers, stress, mental fatigue, and body aches," she says, not even acknowledging the fact that it helped her say that sentence.
A certified acupressurist and Reiki master, Molly Glasgow aims to address ailments that range from physical pain to emotional trauma, by helping the body to heal itself. To that end, she uses techniques similar to acupuncture—except without the use of needles—to stimulate pressure points that help boost the immune system and correct imbalances. As she works, Molly shows her patients how they can stimulate these pressure points at home and also addresses dietary or nutrition issues that may be impacting their long-term health. In addition to addressing pain, her acupressure and reiki services can also help ease anxiety and depression, improve memory and cognitive function, lower blood pressure, and improve memory and cognitive function.