Like Hawaii, relaxation can be a challenging state to reach. Ensnare elusive serenity with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a 60-minute Swedish or deep-tissue massage at Emanuels Salon in Hoboken (up to a $75 value).
At Emanuels Salon, a team of massage therapists alleviates sore muscles in a nurturing environment. Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, is the most popular type of knead. It uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. Alternatively, the slow, deliberate strokes of a deep-tissue massage help to ease deep-seated pains. With a row of windows lining one wall, the salon lets in lots of natural light, which filters through beige curtains to illuminate a brick wall made of industrial-sized Legos.
Plush leather seating, wrought-iron chandeliers, and a brick-set fireplace combine to make Emanuel’s Salon an elegant oasis for pampering hair and spa services. Whether preparing revelers for their prom, wedding, or a fancy search party, the makeover mavens pull off a fully polished look with mani-pedis and make-up applications. The staff also combats baldness in both men and women with high-tech laser hair therapy.