Like portrait painting, massage demands skillful hands, bold strokes, and a subject who can sit still. Become a human canvas with today’s Groupon to Hara Holistic Bodycenter on Cove Street. Choose between the following options:
- For $34, you get a 60-minute Swedish massage (a $70 value).
- For $39 you get a 60-minute deep-tissue massage (an $80 value).<p>
Licensed massage therapists Lisa Bowie and Dearbhaile Herr draw on their studies in Eastern massage and holistic bodywork to reduce stress and chronic pain with two relaxing body treatments. Long Swedish strokes alternate with light- and medium-pressure kneads to smoothen lumpy meatballs lodged in shoulders and lower backs. Stress melts away from muscles as the calming, full-body techniques stimulate the skin and reduce emotional, physical, and telepathic stress. The one-hour Swedish massage can also benefit the lymphatic and circulatory systems, as the delicate compression transforms arterial back roads into multi-lane superhighways. Deep-tissue techniques penetrate into the substratum of problem areas to release tension and disentangle painful knots in muscles. Slow, deliberate motions reestablish inner-body harmony while the therapist whispers encouraging words to help fibers stretch to their furthest potential.
Soothing yellow walls and sleek hardwood floors greet patrons in a healing space that invokes the chi-rejuvenating elements of the natural world. Lush, green plants stretch out their leaves to tickle weary muscles, and a wall of branches filters the warm sunlight that seeps through a thin screen in the window.
Hara Holistic Bodycenter
Located in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood, HARA offers massage treatments from deep-tissue work and medical massages to raindrop therapy and restorative, uplifting facial massages. Clients are welcomed to the 2,500-square-foot facility by a relaxing, sunny reception area where custom-made teas are available to sip. The variety of holistic body and skincare treatments at HARA use only natural and, when possible, local products. Amenities include a collection of beautiful treatment rooms, full men's and women's bathrooms with showering facilities, and a heated yoga studio down the hall.
The studio provides free parking, complimentary wireless, and is handicap accessible. It's also located off the Portland Trails, minutes from Portland's Back Bay and the picturesque Eastern Promenade, providing easy access by foot or bike—with bike racks available.