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 $60, you get a 60-minute hot-stone massage and an organic express facial (a $135 value) or a 90-minute therapeutic massage (a $100 value) at Ancient Art Massage & Spa, located in Altamonte Springs.
Founded by nationally certified healthcare practitioner and licensed massage therapist Jai Michael Barry, Ancient Art Massage & Spa is quiet and welcoming, from a lounge that offers natural teas and snacks to the organic apothecary garden filled with home-grown herbs harvested for an array of treatments. Nestle into a neutral-toned massage table with plush bed dressings while a professional muscle kneader begins the one-hour hot-stone massage (a $95 value) that loosens limbs with the ancient technique of heated black-volcanic-basalt stones massaged and placed along the pressure points of the soul shack. The miniature space heaters send hugs of warmth deep into the tissue while increasing circulation, relieving acute pain, and quietly evicting stress caused by arguments between not-quite-symmetrical trapezius muscles. The 30-minute organic express facial unplugs pores by gently cleansing, exfoliating, and degunking, before finishing with hydration sealing moisturizer that sends faces away in such good shape they find no more need for eye-lid pull-ups (a $40 value).
People looking to de-clutter torso toxins can unwind in the 90-minute therapeutic massage, in which the dexterous digits of a skilled muscle melter smooth out accordion kinks along the spine, decreasing the likelihood of being unwillingly drafted into a polka band by 35% (a $100 value). Both body-soothing options include a complimentary reflexology treatment that helps increase lymphatic supply while preventing toes walking away.
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