The world is full of classic sequences such as washer then dryer, joke then laughter, and cheesecake then haircut. For $40, today’s Groupon adds another twosome to that list with a drop-in yoga session ($12 value) and a one-hour, therapeutic massage ($75 value) at the appropriately named Desert Song Yoga and Massage Center, a Phoenix yoga shoppe and massagery that's got 25 years of experience under its belt made out of old tires.
Mary Kay Herrington relieves stress and opens up blocked energy pathways with an array of massage services. During Swedish and deep-tissue massages, she fosters relaxation and breaks up knots created by failed attempts to bend the body into a Möbius strip. To release neck pain and mental stress, she gets cerebrospinal fluid flowing by massaging spines and skulls with craniosacral techniques. In addition to hot-stone therapy, Kay uses warm crystals to loosen tense tissues and disband loitering energy waves. Her body polishes nurture careworn skin by scrubbing epidermises with organic brown sugar and Ayurvedic oils. This concoction buffs away dead skin cells, locks in moisture, and uplifts olfactory glands with the scent of desert blossom. When she isn't transporting clients into peaceful states of mind, Kay acts as a doula, assisting women before, during, and after the experience of childbirth.
Ashley Varela and Carli Moore, co-owners of Inspire Uptown Salon, apply a passion for style to their work at the Bumble and bumble–exclusive beauty shop. The hair-snipping duo and a team of stylists approach haircuts, color treatments, and extensions as an art form. With each hairdo, they get to know their clients first, learning their tastes and preferences, and analyze each head of hair’s texture, condition, and temperament. The result is a hairstyle that fits an individual's lifestyle and flatters their features.
Relaxation tapes, which featured a sultry-voiced narrator instructing listeners to gently pummel themselves with a rolling pin, have declined in popularity after all cassette players were buried at sea. Fast forward to modern relaxation with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one hour-long massage of your choice at Tranquility Now! Massage Therapy (a $69 value including tax).
In addition to 14 years' experience in alternative and holistic practices, seasoned therapist Michael Candelaria has received 1,000 hours of training in 18 different wellness specialties, including reflexology, acupressure, and Chinese medicine. With services such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, aromatherapy, and hot-stone treatment, he and his staff take the mind to a blissfully whited-out plane where it's free to bob up and down like a Q-tip buoy in a sea of cotton balls.
Since 2007, licensed massage therapist Melanie Lilly owns the well-practiced hands at the heart of Well Kneaded Massage. She combines Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, and other massage techniques to provide relief to beleaguered bodies, particularly in her All Systems Go massage, which helps to bolster five complex systems in the body.