If you've ever sat beside a roaring fire, wishing its flame fingers would reach out and massage your aches and pains away, today's Groupon gives you all the warmth of a fire massage without the uncomfortable burns: for $45, you get a 50-minute Swedish, hot-stone, or Thai massage at Hands of Peace in Bedford (up to a $100 value).
Hands of Peace's healing artist, La Gina Kissentaner, paints portraits of relaxation with a palette of massages. During the Swedish massage (a $90 value), Kissentaner utilizes long, slow strokes, circular rubs, and a slick demulcent to ease out tension and banish sore spots. Or, opt to iron out wrinkly kinks crumpled into the muscles by way of the hot-stone massage (a $100 value), during which the toasty warmth of the stones swaddles the body in comfort while luring out tension and pain. During the Thai massage (a $100 value), a trained physique manipulator's hands gently work across frazzled figures to help reduce stress and improve flexibility, providing the energizing flow of a yoga workout without the sweaty stances or three-day headstands.
Hands of Peace
Hands of Peace's La Gina Kissentaner believes she was born with healing hands, so naturally, she found herself drawn to massage therapy. Using her instinct and feedback from clients, she varies her modalities as she works. As clients recline in a clean, white room, light Swedish strokes help tension dissipate, while the tougher ministrations of trigger-point therapy help to relieve chronic tightness. Once sessions are over, she educates clients about self-care exercises that will keep muscles loose and limber. Because she loves what she does, she chooses co-workers who do as well, and they all update their training by traveling all over the world for seminars and classes.