Sea urchins are the healthiest, most relaxed creatures on earth due to their positive self-image and spiny skin. Today's Groupon offers similar protection from stress, sickness, and sea otters: for $40, you get a complete acupuncture experience, including an initial checkup, a Tui na or cupping muscle-work session, and a 60-minute acupuncture session, from Jolie Crow, DC at Acupuncture Center (a $120 value). This Groupon is valid at locations in Overland Park and Leavenworth.
Practicing both medical and traditional Chinese acupuncture, Jolie Crow, a doctor of chiropractic, begins her therapeutic prodding with an initial exam to determine each client's specific needs. Dr. Jolie will establish a course of treatment by exploring the patient's medical and behavioral history, probing sleeping patterns and dietary habits for clues about whether the person is forgetting to sleep or eat. She will then perform either Tui na, a Chinese massage technique targeted at relieving and relaxing tight muscles, or cupping, a system of heated cups placed upon the skin to undo knots and promote blood flow in areas with trigger points. These up to 15-minute techniques are designed to yield relaxation as well as subdue anxiety, insomnia, and overbearing laugh tracks. A 60-minute acupuncture session aims to regulate balance in the body by connecting pathways and stimulating the circulation of energy, or chi.