Today, a Swedish massage is a luxurious way to relax, but it originated in 10th-century Scandinavia as a mere formality, the handshake of Vikings. Enjoy the relaxing rituals of Asgard with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a one-hour therapeutic massage at Creative Body Therapies in New Haven (an $80 value).
Creative Body Therapies's Aileen Ferraro kneads, strokes, and pummels away aches and pains with a wide variety of stress-abating techniques. The therapeutic-massage treatment subjects muscle-borne maladies to an hour of customized Swedish and deep-tissue methods. Sink down into the plush massage table as nimble hands use long and gentle strokes to sweep away tension and intense kneading to untangle tight knots. In addition to relieving discomfort, each session can ease the mind and, like jogging up and down the theater aisles during a horror movie's scary parts, stimulate the flow of blood.