For centuries mankind has envied pizza dough and wondered how we too could be kneaded to relaxed, savory states without being escorted via wooden paddle to a Sicilian brick oven. Today's Groupon kneads stress away: for $39, you get an 80-minute massage at Escapar Massage (an $85 value). Appointments should be scheduled online.
Owned and operated by seasoned sinew soother Gregg Gonzales, Escapar Massage kneads out trapped anxiety using a variety of therapeutic techniques. Opt for a deep-tissue rub to target needy knots hiding under the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia. Or relax as long, gliding strokes increase circulation, bolster flexibility, and dislodge trapped meatballs during a Swedish massage. Escapar Massage also offers less familiar options, such as cranial sacral, which improves the movement of fluid surrounding the skull and spine, and reflexology, which focuses on precise points in the feet and hands. Certain points on these appendages correspond to specific body parts and organs, so the release of negative energy can result in improved hugs.
Each massage is customized to each guest's individual back bothers. There's even an iPod music system, so bring or borrow an MP3 device with a soothing playlist of library whispering, polystyrene squeaking, or bubble-wrap popping. Give yourself more than a pat on the back with today's deal, or buy a thoughtful birthday gift for your favorite crabwalker.
Dos Manos Massage Studio
Twelve years of hands-on spa experience were enough to teach Gregg Gonzales a valuable lesson about his clients: no two are the same. He takes this lesson to heart at Dos Manos Massage Studio, where he draws on his intuition and massage know-how to craft massages that cater to all manner of aches and ailments. Stationed within six private treatment rooms, Gregg and his team of licensed massage therapists integrate modalities such as deep tissue and reflexology; the exact combination of techniques used always depends on their clients’ input. During each massage, the team of therapists welcomes clients to plug their own iPod into a dock beside the heated massage table and slip away to the self-recorded sounds of waves crashing or pigeons being tickled. Complimentary refreshments and a calming relaxation room erase any traces of tension that remain after the session.