Massage is a time-honored method of alleviating stress, as is the ancient art of crafting origami swans out of midterm exams. Ace relaxation with today’s Groupon to An Artist’s Touch. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a 60-minute Swedish massage (a $45 value).
- For $35, you get a 90-minute hot-stone massage (a $70 value).<p>
At An Artist’s Touch, licensed massage therapist Melissa Mower frees muscles of stress and imbues clients with total-body relaxation. Mower begins each massage with thorough consideration of each client’s needs, applying her therapeutic touch to relieve the aches, pains, and subpoenas of everyday life. Throughout the one-hour Swedish session, the therapist slathers backs in soothing oils and lotions while employing rolling strokes and deep kneads to enhance blood circulation, untie knots, and shoo away tension. During hot-stone therapy, Mower assembles hot stones across the body to jump-start the lymphatic system and relieve pent-up anxiety. When the massage concludes, clients emerge with an increased sense of tranquility and a decreased pang of jealousy each time they squeeze the pliable flesh of a Nerf ball.
An Artist's Touch
After graduating from the Ogden Institute of Massage, Melissa Mower practiced her craft in spas and chiropractic offices alike. Today, she brings the skills she honed in those contrasting environments to her very own studio. Mower prides herself on the open communication environment that she cultivates with her clients, whose massage "wants" are just as important to her as their massage "needs." She addresses these issues and more with bodywork from modalities that include deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, and trigger-point massage. During hot-stone massages, Mower soothes deep-seated pain with carefully placed simmering rocks; during infant massage, she eases youthful discomfort by placing babies on clients' sore backs.