Shoulders live under constant pressure from everyday stresses such as hunching over a computer and supporting the families of squirrels that stow away in unsuspecting humans’ backpacks. Lighten your load with today’s Groupon to Prolong Symmetry in Chesterfield. Choose from the following options:
- For $40, you get one one-hour massage (up to an $85 value).
- For $79, you get two one-hour massages (up to a $170 value).
- For $115, you get three one-hour massages (up to a $255 value).<p>
Prolong Symmetry’s registered massage therapists release captive endorphins and tease apart tense muscles with multidisciplinary massage that draws on both Eastern and Western Influences. Therapists press hands deep into beleaguered tissues to ease tension during deep-tissue sessions, or apply hot stones to melt tension and cold stones to stimulate the brain’s ice-cream centers. Hawaiian lomi-lomi sessions smooth out knots in long, continuous strokes to evict painful sense memory from the cells. During Ashiatsu Oriental bar therapy, therapists steady themselves using a pole and then barefoot-hike across the landscape of their clients’ backs. As they step, therapists employ gravity, measured effleurage strokes, and slow-motion hopscotch to access deeply rooted tension in the tissues. Therapists may conduct consultations prior to some therapies, or blend certain techniques upon request.
In 2004, Rhonda Larkins underwent a lumbar laminectomy to fix a herniated disc, an injury she obtained while working as a package handler. Even after the surgery, she was left with pain and a lingering numbness in her left leg. Though physical therapy helped, she noticed that she felt particularly good after getting a massage. This observation led her to study Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy—a type of massage in which the practitioner uses bare feet to deliver flowing, effleurage strokes—under the practice’s founder, Ruthie Piper Hardee. Rhonda is currently on the mastery level of this modality.
At Prolong Symmetry, Rhonda and her team of licensed massage therapists specialize in more than 10 types of massage. Services range from more traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages to Hawaiian lomi-lomi, an ancient healing practice during which therapists stimulate the body’s pressure points with their thumbs, elbows, and thoughts on early Dada filmmaking.