If deprived of massages, your muscles will gradually contract and twine together until they spell out the phone number of the nearest hospital. Answer the cry for help with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $59 for a 50-minute deep-tissue or Swedish couples massage (a $125 value)
- $79 for a 100-minute couples massage lesson (a $175 value)<p>
The lesson is split into two halves—the first half consists of instruction and hands-on practice for one participant, and the second half of the same for their partner. Classes cover the basics of relaxing Swedish strokes and the deep-tissue modality’s more intense pressure.
Deep-tissue massage’s main aim is to detoxify the system—not de-stress it. Explore how the modality evicts the body’s toxins.<p>
Deep-Tissue Massage: Freeing Up the Fascia
Some problems have simple solutions: a wrinkled tablecloth can be smoothed out in minutes with an iron, and a tangled mess of hair needs only a comb to be set straight again. But when the fascia—the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body’s muscles and bones—gets tied up in knots, it’s time to call in an expert. “What deep-tissue massage purports to do is mild fascial release, which [warms] up the fascia and [releases] toxins that have built up there,” says Katie O’Reilly, the associate editor of DaySpa magazine. To achieve this, the therapist’s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes. The pressure of these strokes penetrates beyond superficial muscle layers to relieve pain and lower cortisol levels by up to 50%.
Conventional wisdom states that a proper deep-tissue massage should be at least a little painful. This “no pain, no gain” mentality, however, falls short of reality. “If you’re getting beat up during the massage, you should probably tell the therapist to rein it in a little bit,” O’Reilly says. Maintaining an open line of communication with your therapist is important for other reasons as well. He or she needs to know about your health history before administering the treatment, as the intensity of deep-tissue strokes may exacerbate certain medical conditions.
Core Healing Bodyworks
The human body is composed of hundreds of individual bones and muscles, none of which would work in harmony were it not for two essential elements: the mind and the soul. The therapists of Core Healing Bodyworks do everything in their power to ensure that body, mind, and soul are operating on the same page. This means that their massages don’t just treat physical ailments; they penetrate the body’s outer layers to relieve stress and relax anxieties. Aside from classic Swedish and deep-tissue treatments, the therapists offer special modalities, such as hot-stone therapy and reflexology. Reflexology treatments work to balance the body’s energies by applying pressure to specific points on the hands, feet, and dorsal fins.