Without the loosening effects of massage, shoulders would stiffen into immobility and fall victim to freeloading parrots and the burden of carrying Earth's heavyset brother, Girth. Pamper your perches with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-hour Swedish massage at Contour Massage in Clifton Park (a $70 value).
Linda Mehleisen-Kelly and Bryan Bauer of Contour Massage knead away stress and tension stowed in patients' muscles with relaxing Swedish massages. During one-hour sojourns, gentle hands treat skin to oils, lotions, or vats of Vermont maple syrup, as well as smooth, rolling strokes and percussive taps across the back and appendages. The soothing style can improve circulation and enhance flexibility as fresh blood flows to constricted muscles and soft kneads melt stiffness. Patients may notice improved mental clarity once stress from days of work and nights of conducting youth rooster choirs has been swept away.
The licensed therapists at Contour Massage eradicate back-bound aches with nine massage and energy-balancing services, calling upon years of training from Albany's own Center for Natural Wellness. Swedish and deep-tissue massage work kinks out of tired physiques, and reiki employs dexterous hands to clear away energy blockages and detoxify the body. Hot stones and bamboo sticks gently unwind tension with pulsating warmth, loosening even the most tightly wound of muscles and thawing out backs frozen from giving snowmen piggyback rides.