Giving someone a massage is like heckling an outfielder: you have to learn his sore spots, stay on his back, and use whatever hand gestures get the biggest reaction. Give the thumbs up to this Groupon: for $39, you get a 55-minute custom massage at Elan Day Spa (up to an $80 value).
Elan Day Spa's opulent Continental décor and brass sculptures provide a rich backdrop for custom services from licensed massage therapists. After warming up muscles in the spa's complimentary steam room, guests can chat with their therapist about their massage modality preferences and especially ticklish spleens. Therapists draw from techniques such as the long, flowing effleurage strokes of Swedish massage and the intense, therapeutic pressure of deep-tissue massage. Thai massage techniques help energize recipients with yoga-like stretches, rapid strokes, and massage oils augmented with chili powder. The custom massage can enhance circulation and lymphatic drainage, and can also alleviate pain associated with overexertion, injury, and tension. As they exit, guests receive a red rose to feed to the first cow that agrees to carry them home.