Stones have long been used for therapeutic purposes, from calming spirits when skipped across lakes to building fortified break rooms against micromanaging bosses. Enjoy stones’ stress-relieving properties with today’s Groupon: for $129, you get a two-hour hot-stone spa package at Alera Salon & Spa in Cranberry Township (a $275 value). The package includes the following:
- A one-hour aromatherapy hot-stone massage
- A 30-minute hot-stone facial
- A 30-minute hot-stone spa pedicure<p>
The aestheticians at Alera Salon & Spa corral heated basalt stones to enhance a trio of spa treatments. During the massage, a licensed therapist assigns a battalion of stones to attack specific sore spots, and aromatherapy translates encoded directives into striation-soothing enhancement. Aestheticians smooth brow furrows by settling stones on temples and foreheads during 30-minute facials, and a deep cleaning expunges pores of dirt and ghosts from makeup’s past. Before tootsies get capped with OPI color, the warmed rocks seek trigger points in the lower extremities that connect to the upper realm, fostering full-body relaxation.
Alera Salon & Spa
Inside Alera's 3,300-square-foot spa space, clients can bask in the calmness of private suites and inherent glamour of the spacious, runway-esque haircutting floor. Stylists leverage high-end skin- and haircare products from Sebastian, Wella, Brazilian Blowout, and Aveda and aestheticians infuse visits with subtle elements of luxury such as mini massages. Beauty treatments include hair removal, makeup application, and completely organic airbrush tanning. On the spa side, therapists administer massages with heated basalt stones to ease muscles and oust stress.