Massages bring bodies back in line with the natural order, populating the world with individuals who are limber, strong, and coated in bark. Ease your tense trunk with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a 90-minute Gold Massage at Enlightened Hands Wellness & Massage in Hinsdale (a $130 value).
As graduates of the National University of Health Sciences, Enlightened's husband-and-wife muscle manipulators Michael and Christine Bouvier sculpt away hidden sinew strains from the comfort of their Madison Street atelier. Conquer cocky muscle stressors with a 90-minute Gold massage, which blends a bevy of primary techniques into an all-encompassing therapeutic rubdown. Light Swedish strokes break the ice for tense tendons with gentle kneading and an acute knowledge of Stockholm's favorite knock-knock jokes; firmer deep-tissue squeezes restore depleted energy stores and realign the system with an array of toxin-busting lymphatic and myofascial release therapies.
Buoyed bodies leave Enlightened Hands' premises with muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Japanese speed-metal barbershop quartet.
In addition to your 90-minute therapeutic thumping, Gold massage recipients can also choose from one of two bonus treatments. A 30-minute stability-ball class trains timid lungs and shoulders in the art of confident breathing and posture, and a 15-minute introduction to reflexology harangues humors into place by applying pressure to precise points on the hands and feet—releasing bodily stress and tapping formerly inaccessible brain caves stacked high with forgotten yo-yo tricks.
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Enlightened Hands Wellness & Massage
Though he founded Enlightened Hands Wellness & Massage, it would be inaccurate to describe Michael J. Bouvier simply as a massage therapist. He's an accomplished wellness arts practitioner who has done everything from study under master herbalist Ron Teeguarden to taking hands-on anatomy courses to becoming a certified qigong instructor. In regards to massage, Michael has mastered many techniques, including, though not limited to, myofascial release and reflexology. True to his holistic approach to care, his service menu covers a broad range of treatments. Massages might incorporate Swedish, deep-tissue, or trigger-point modalities, while qigong sessions and stability ball classes teach posture exercises, stretches, and breathing techniques to relieve stress and recharge the body's AA batteries.