It takes about 15 muscles to smile, 50 to frown, and 148 to save a curbside couch from life in a landfill. Soothe sympathetic sinews with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a 75-minute head-and-back massage, with 60 minutes of body massage and 15 minutes of head massage, at Blush Hair Studio and Spa (a $65 value).
Licensed massage therapist Michelle Kimberly Leach of Blush Hair Studio and Spa extracts stress from heads and backs with each deep-tissue, Russian, relaxation, or shiatsu massage. As clients unwind in the quiet massage room, Michelle applies kneading motions to temples and scalps, soothing frazzled nerves and pressuring commercial jingles out of heads where they've taken up residence. Deep-tissue massages reach beneath surface flesh to alleviate pain and tension, and Russian massages lull muscles with changing levels of intensity. During a shiatsu service, Michelle targets exact points on the body to work out kinks and increase circulation. The general-relaxation massage uniformly slackens the entire back, leaving piggy-back muscles pliable enough to conform to a saddle shape.