Like Hawaii, relaxation can be a challenging state to reach. Ensnare elusive serenity with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a one-hour massage of your choice at Amherst Massage (an $80 value).
Certified tabletop-tension-buster Chris Rasmussen, who has treated dancers, martial-arts experts, and circus performers, treads lightly upon backs with traditional massage techniques, as well as exotic forms such as the Hawaiian lomi lomi and Thai massages. A one-hour therapeutic table massage incorporates deep-tissue techniques, delving below the outer muscular layer to yield bliss, revelry, and forgotten punk-rock lyrics. Lomi lomi, an oil-based Hawaiian massage originally accompanied by drumming, employs fluid strokes across the back, inducing deep states of calm by mimicking the ocean's ebb and flow. Athletic injuries acquired from contact sports and trophy lifting hit the highway with the help of an integrated floor massage, an Amherst Massage creation that utilizes hot stones and oils. The Thai massage emphasizes meridian-based acupressure and rhythmic movements to generate a relaxing, healing experience. Groupon-holders can upgrade to a longer massage for an additional fee.