For centuries mankind has envied pizza dough and wondered how we too could be kneaded to relaxed, savory states without paying for the luxury of being escorted via wooden paddle to a Sicilian brick oven. Be pounded into the shape of relaxation with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a 60-minute massage at Ability Healthcare in Oak Park (a $70 value).
The licensed massage therapists at Ability Healthcare support their patients' health with a choice of five massage modalities, including custom combinations, to soothe both bodies and minds. A Swedish massage's series of gliding and kneading strokes improves blood flow and soothes the mind, and deep-tissue treatments provide relief from more intense aches. Sports massages relieve stiffness and injuries from overuse or strain, whether from running, lifting, or prolonged thumb wrestling. During a hot-stone massage, therapists lay smooth and heated stones across dorsa to increase circulation and melt away stress. Sage-green walls and soft light surround each client as they settle onto a cushioned table and unwind tangled neurons. Ability Healthcare's schedule stretches to 9 p.m. on Monday–Thursday to accommodate even its half-owl clients. Groupon customers also enjoy 15% off of any product in Ability Healthcare's herbal-remedy shop on the day of their massage.
Since Dr. Julie Klarich has 35 years of field experience, she's had time to develop a repertoire that draws from chiropractic, naprapathy, Chinese medicine, and massage treatments. Under her direction, the licensed massage therapists at Ability HealthCare soothe physical aches, mental stress, and funny bones that aren't in the mood to laugh with a variety of therapeutic and relaxing bodywork techniques. Dr. Klarich's staff also targets digestive complaints, headaches, and menopause with a holistic approach that relies on herbal remedies, which clients can purchase from the in-house store.
1100 W Lake St.
Oak Park, Illinois 60301