It takes about 15 muscles to smile, 50 to frown, and 148 to duct-tape a couch to a living-room wall. Soothe sympathetic sinews with today's Groupon for a one-hour massage at Crystal Blue Health Spa in Orange City. Choose from the following options:
• For $30, you get a deep-tissue or Swedish massage (a $60 value).
• For $40, you get a hot-stone massage (an $80 value).
Crystal Blue Health Spa's certified masseuses relax burdened clients with nimble, licensed fingers that work to knead out pain with exotic massage techniques. Opt for a deep-tissue massage to realign innermost layers of brawn and connective tissue while relieving contracted, chronically tense areas such as necks and vertebrae engaged in family feuds. The Swedish massage lulls muscles into a sense of security, then pounces as it opens circulatory channels and releases tension-inducing toxins. Working in conjunction with Swedish massage techniques, a hot-stone therapy massage uses a series of smooth, warmed stones appointed along the posterior cord to loosen overwrought tendons, soothe joints, and provide a landing strip for paper airplanes.
Customers decompress in the qualified hands of Crystal Blue Health spa's founders Amanda Howard and Annette Guzman, who both bring extensive qualifications to the massage table; both are licensed and insured in the state of Florida, and are members of the American Massage Therapy Association and American Massage Council Association, respectively.
Crystal Blue Health Spa
Licensed massage therapist Amanda Howard first conceived of Crystal Blue Health Spa for a school project, and she realized her dream with the spa's opening in 2011. In the interim, she crafted a menu of soothing spa services, including massages, body scrubs, and facials. Amanda navigates the treacherous terrain of knotted musculature during Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and aromatherapy massages, which wheedle backs into relinquishing stockpiled stress, tension, and missing socks hidden beneath shoulder blades. For surface-level pampering, the spa's resident aesthetician treats visages to deep-cleansing facials and exfoliating body scrubs. The hot-chocolate scrub emulates its wintertime namesake with a sweetly scented, warm elixir infused with Giovanni PureOrganic Technology—an essential-oil medley designed to nourish and heal wizened pelts—and the hypoallergenic tropical scrub's jojoba, macadamia, avocado, and sweet-almond oils replenish thirsty pores more effectively than dunking them in a pool of Gatorade.