Massage therapists need strong hands and a thorough understanding of human anatomy, as do sculptors or assembly-line workers at a mannequin factory. Put tension in its place with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a one-hour massage in the style of your choice at Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine (an $85 value).
The wellness techs at Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine meld traditional and contemporary natural methods to promote healing, including relaxing massage treatments. During each one-hour session, a licensed massage therapist applies a custom blend of techniques to address clients' needs more specifically than a mattress filled with ginkgo biloba. Long, gliding strokes with light to moderate pressure reduce stress and bolster the immune system, whereas more targeted pressure addresses the stubborn pain that haunts taut muscles. The highly trained staff also specializes in massages aiming to heighten the chance of fertilization and alleviate the discomforts of pregnancy. Natural light illuminates the center's airy office, where an abundance of live plants and lozenge trees grow.