Stress affects every part of the body, which is why it's essential to massage your uvula and poke acupuncture needles in your hairdo. De-stress from scalp to toe with today’s Groupon: for $52, you get your choice of a 60-minute hot-stone, congestion, or tech thumb-and-neck massage at either Graceful Services on 2nd Avenue or Graceful Spa 56 on 56th Street (an $83.60 value). If you choose to redeem your Groupon at the 2nd Avenue location, you will also receive 15 minutes in Graceful Services' sauna (a $15.67 value, for a total value of up to $99.27).
The two sister spas submerge guests in a 60-minute deluge of decadence. The hot-stone massage aligns smooth stones on the key meridian points of the back to energize the body and eliminate toxins. The congestion massage—ideal for alleviating autumn allergies and dislodging sinus-blocking dandelions—focuses on the back, chest, and face, infusing each stroke with tea-tree, eucalyptus, and camphor oils. To treat inflammation in joints and muscles, the tech thumb-and-neck massage traces the acupressure points along the upper back, shoulders, neck, and hands of fatigued flexing aficionados.
For each therapeutic session, customers recline atop heated, padded massage tables surrounded by flowing curtains and ambient energy fields. Post-massage, the sauna at Graceful Services envelops clients in a velvety blanket of steam and warmth, inducing a level of relaxation on par with climbing into a beach-themed screensaver.
Within Graceful Services, rows of heated, padded massage tables relax tired torsos before therapists' hands sweep over muscles using Chinese deep-tissue, Swedish, and shiatsu massage techniques. The custom sessions aims to unblock pent-up chi—the energy source believed to be linked to muscular discomfort and weak tennis serves. Acupuncture sessions realign misguided energy flows and trigger pressure points to reduce stress, and body scrubs and facial services invigorate worn skin with cleansing nutrients.