Admitting that you need a massage can be daunting, much like admitting that you're lost or on fire. Be at peace with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a one-hour massage with aromatherapy (a $69 value) and a body wrap (a $49 value) at CS Massage in St. Charles (a $118 total value).
CS Massage clients rest their heads on heated neck cushions and relax their lids under eye pillows as the licensed massage therapist begins the one-hour customized muscle mendings. The treatment melds the long strokes of a Swedish massage with a calming bouquet of essential oils, incorporating deep-tissue and hot-stone techniques where necessary. Clients then get cocooned in a moisturizing body wrap for 30 minutes. Before the heated wrap, the therapist will use soft body brushes to exfoliate skin as well as apply a mineral mist and a coat of all-natural moisturizer. The wrap also includes a scalp massage to stimulate daydreams of relaxed mummies during the treatment.
At CS Massage, a licensed massage therapist calls on a fully stocked toolbox to thwart everyday tension and chronic pain. There are the standards, of course, such as traditional Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. But customers will also find more unusual apparatuses in their tranquil, private treatment rooms, such as lava stones, body brushes, and cups for Chinese cupping therapy. The therapists use these tools to soften the skin and suss out tightness lurking in deeper muscle layers as their clients recline on heated, Tempur-Pedic-topped massage beds, their noses savoring aromatherapy scents and their necks fully supported by cushioned wraps and "Neck for President" wall signs.