Like a potato, if the human body is not properly mashed and moisturized, it will never be used for anything more than a science-project battery. Make sure your body is properly fluffed and buttered with today's soothing Groupon: for $45, you get a 30-minute massage and a mani-pedi at Ancient Art Massage & Spa in Altamonte Springs (a $97 total value).
Founded by certified healthcare practitioner and licensed massage therapist Jai Michael Berry, Ancient Art is quiet and welcoming, from the lounge that offers organic teas and snacks to the comfortable massage tables and mani-pedi chairs. In a peaceful mini palace surrounded by polite, outgoing trees, guests can enjoy the muscle-relaxing strokes and circulation-enhancing finger frictions of a 30-minute Swedish-style massage ($45), which works superficial muscle layers to rejuvenate sore bodies more efficiently than soaking in a vat of creamed peas.
During the blissful holistic mini pedi ($24), feet are cleansed and softened in a warm sea salt- and essential-oil-infused bath, then toe caps are carefully trimmed and organized alphabetically. The pedicure ends with a delightful organic scrub and foot/leg massage that incorporates techniques blatantly stolen from acupressure and reflexology. The blissful holistic mini mani ($28), like its bite-size pedi counterpart, includes a soothing soak, a hammerless approach to nail care, and a massage. Both the pedi and the mani include polish.
- I've been to many spas, literally all over the world. Ancient Art Massage & Spa is fully the whole holistic package. – bBackSoon, Yahoo! Local
- Don't waste your time going anywhere else. Ancient Art Massage and Spa is one of the most beautiful non-corporate spas I've ever visited. I'm looking forward to my next session! – BarbiLMT, Citysearch
- I can't remember the last time I've felt more taken care of on a massage table. – dharma_kaur, Citysearch
Ancient Art Massage & Bodywork
Jai Michael Barry's massages are as relaxing as the new-age music he loves to create. That's because the founder of Ancient Art Massage & Bodywork, who has recorded three albums and played numerous benefit concerts in his other life as a songwriter, gets the little details right: the massages take place on heated tables and incorporate treatments ranging from ayurvedic aromatherapy to egyptian ear candling. It's also because his repertoire is so broad. Jai can spend a session relieving stress with Swedish techniques, treating head and back pain with craniosacral therapy, or manipulating the body's energy with reiki. He also leads meditation sessions on the night of each full moon.
311 Maitland Ave.
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701Get Directions