Tense muscles are often the product of poor posture or repetitive motions, such as those associated with scrubbing a floor or typing emails to a celebrity. Rescue your back from monotonous aches with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-hour massage at Eremia Massage in St. Charles. Eremia Massage is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Owner, licensed therapist, and pain-management specialist Aliki Taylor plunders back panels for stashed-away sore spots, relieved of tension via customized kneads and pressures. Her dexterous digits are fully trained in nine massage modalites, which she stitches together to suit each client's aches. Sessions may incorporate soothing Swedish strokes to boost circulation, cranial-massage methods to relax brain waves and eyebrow joints, medicupping techniques to smooth rippling cellulite, or myofascial therapy to loosen connective tissue. Paraffin wax and aromatherapy can sweeten sessions for an additional $5 each, and Aliki uses only products that have never been tested on animals and are so friendly to the environment that they know every tree's first and last name.