Giving yourself a massage, like throwing yourself a surprise birthday party or asking for your own hand in marriage, is a surefire disappointment. Leave kneading to the knowledgeable with today’s Groupon to Alternative Options Massage and Wellness Center, in Amherst. Choose from the following options:
- For $32, you get a 60-minute Swedish massage (a $70 value).
- For $48, you get a 90-minute Swedish massage (a $100 value).
- For $58, you get a 70-minute Swedish and hot-stone combo massage (a $120 value).
Alternative Options Massage and Wellness Center’s licensed massage therapists hone in on high-priority areas, restoring beleaguered muscles to knot-free splendor. During Swedish massages, therapists daub backs with between five and eight therapeutic oils and trace soothing circles across the spine with effleurage and petrissage techniques. As scents reward noses for upholding glasses frames, gentle kneads send stress into hibernation to join bears and bell-bottoms. Additionally, therapists can meld Swedish modality techniques with those of a hot stone massage, whose smooth basalt stones deploy heat and pressure deep into the dermis to uncoil tightly wound musculatures.
Alternative Options Holistic Wellness
The holistic gurus at Alternative Options Holistic Wellness believe that relaxation is key to maintaining a healthy mind and body. That’s why owner Jennifer Aranyosi—a trained nurse, certified reflexologist, and reiki master—and her massage therapists perform seven massage modalities, from the deep-tissue and myofascial techniques of a therapeutic massage to the pressure-point manipulation of shiatsu. The therapists also practice reiki, a "laying on hands" technique intended to stimulate the flow of internal energy so that clients don't have to inject espresso into their aortas.