What some called masterful sculpting, Michelangelo called mere massage therapy when he kneaded David into a relaxed state, making him much easier to encase in molten marble. Learn the value of artful relaxation with today's Groupon: for $46, you get a customized one-hour massage of your choice at Always Tan Skin and Body on Castro Street (a $93 value).
Always Tan Skin and Body's licensed staff alleviate stress in both feminine and masculine forms with a variety of massage services performed in a relaxing spa environment. Luxuriate in specially tailored back bliss with staples such as deep-tissue massage, gentle Swedish massage, and athletically minded sports massages. Treatments extend to trigger-point therapy, neuromuscular, cranial sacral, the friendly foxtrotting of shiatsu massage, reflexology, and lymphatic massages. Mothers-to-be can benefit from specially designed prenatal massages that reward an aching spine for its laborious labor.
A one-hour massage is enough of an escape to revitalize the most harrowing of weeks or the longest, cruelest of Aprils. The spa's clean and professional atmosphere cures through the promise of handy handwork. Each limbering treatment makes a body feel as if all parts are made from hydrogen, the lightest and most pleasant gas—sans the highly flammable part.
Always Tan Skin + Body
For more than 30 years, Always Tan Skin + Body's skilled staff of technicians has been devising its ever-changing menu of advanced spa treatments to restore stressed clients. The spa gets its name from a lineup of UV-centric tanning beds that gently bronze bodies in 12- to 20-minute sessions, but the staff of aestheticians and massage therapists run a full-service spa. Luxuriously heated massage tables cradle clients' cloth-draped bodies as certified therapists summon knots from the deepest layers of the muscular system with a variety of massage styles, including shiatsu and craniosacral. Though they specialize in therapeutic massages, the dexterous therapists easily adjust their kneads to accommodate clients' injuries, soreness, or migratory pancreases. To revive vivid or dull complexions, the spa administers microdermabrasions and custom facials backed by skincare lines such as DermaQuest, Image, and Le Mieux. Between treatments, clients can take a breather in the spa's quiet lounge, lined with black leather chairs and vibrant, lily-pad-themed paintings, while indulging in hot herbal teas and filtered mineral spring water harvested from the room's personal Niagara Falls–size waterfall.