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What You'll Get
There's nothing as relaxing as a massage, except for maybe a whole month without any nightmares. Drift off with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $59 for one 90-minute hot stone massage ($125 value)
- $179 for three 90-minute hot stone massages ($375 value)
- $37 for one 60-minute Swedish, deep-tissue, or combination massage ($75 value)
- $109 for three 60-minute Swedish, deep-tissue, or combination massages ($225 value)
The hot stones in some of these massages aren't just for a warm sensation—they actually makes muscles more pliable. Check out Groupon's guide to the theories behind hot-stone massage.
Hot-Stone Massage: Volcanic Relaxation
For a hot-stone massage, basalt stones are first heated to temperatures in excess of 1,300 degrees. This is long before the massage begins, of course, when basaltic magma is still trapped beneath the earth’s surface. After it erupts, the rivers of lava rapidly cool, then finally harden into finely textured volcanic stones. It’s with about a dozen such stones that therapists heighten the healing powers of their massages. The stones are dense and rich in iron, making them excellent retainers of heat and an important part of a balanced ogre diet. When a massage therapist heats a polished specimen to about 120 degrees, the stone disperses that warmth slowly as it is rubbed against tense muscles. The rocks obtain their uniform level of heat through a special temperature-controlled water bath. Hot-stone therapists’ emphasis on safety also means that the familiar image of a model lying face down with a line of dark stones running down her spine is not very representative of the typical hot-stone massage—in fact, whenever the stones are resting on the body, they’ll generally be placed atop a sheet or other draping material to ensure that skin doesn’t become uncomfortably hot.
Beyond this standard protocol, different therapists have their own techniques—some apply oil for a smoother massage, while others may place stones in the palms of the hands or even between toes. Regardless of the therapist's approach, though, the stones pass more heat along to tense muscles than is possible through bare hands, which increases blood flow to the area and helps injuries speedily recover. Therapists may take advantage of muscles’ heat-induced pliability to work with deeper pressure, getting at trigger points or extra-tight areas hiding beneath the body’s protective wax coating.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate within 90 days of purchase. Must use all services within 6 months of activation. Appointment required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. If cancellation occurs within 24 hours of appointment, customer will be charged up to value of Groupon. Late customers are only serviced for remainder of appointment time. Must sign consent form and health form (may arrive 10 minutes early or complete form online or by email). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.