Massage therapy requires strong hands, a thorough knowledge of anatomy, and the patience to mediate disputes between mutually irritated shoulder muscles. Begin the healing process with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a massage package at Haven Spa Services Inc. in Denton (a $125 value). The package includes the following:
- Choice of a 90-minute deep-tissue or Swedish massage (a $115 value)
- A choice of scented aromatherapy oil (a $10 value)
Having honed her skills in a variety of massage modalities across nearly a decade of practice, licensed therapist Robyn N. Rider deftly soothes away aches and pains with deep-tissue or Swedish techniques and warm aromatherapy oils. Before each session, clients choose a scented aromatherapy hot oil from a selection that includes lemon eucalyptus, a blend of tangerine, bergamot, and lavender, and a melted concoction of cinnamon rolls and crispy bacon. Next, Robyn combines the hot oil with either deep-tissue or Swedish massage techniques to loosen knots in limbs and necks. Slow and deliberate strokes soften the tendons and muscles below the skin’s surface, thereby relieving chronic patterns of tension and aiding in injury recovery. As she works her way down the back and legs, Robyn may also draw on trigger-point therapy, stretching, and positional-release techniques that pay special attention to problem areas. Additional benefits of massage include relaxation, improved self-image, and recovery of any precious gems the therapist unearths while digging around in muscle quarries.