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. Today's Groupon shows the value of experienced hands when pacifying a stubborn subject: for $45, women and men get a customized 60-minute massage of their choice at Always Tan Skin and Body on Castro Street, an $89 value. Experienced massage therapists answer the call for a variety of special muscular treatments capable of cornering physical stress and tension before giving it a thorough talking-to.
Always Tan Skin and Body oven-bakes the ice cubes of anxiety and strain that can unpleasantly chill a body. The spa's licensed healers offer specially tailored back bliss for both men and women with relaxation staples such as deep-tissue massage, gentle Swedish massage, and athletically minded sports massages. Treatments extend to trigger-point therapy, craniosacral, the friendly fox-trotting of shiatsu massage, neuromuscular, 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.
550 Castro St
San Francisco, California 94114Get Directions