When preparing for hot-stone massages, therapists pick out the smoothest river stones for placement on tense muscles and the most misshapen ones for throwing off the bridge later. Keep your aura in working order with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a one-hour hot-stone massage at HC Wellness Center & Spa in Gastonia (an $85 value).
At HC Wellness Center & Spa, therapists coax out stresses with a one-hour combination of gliding strokes and warmed stones. Muscle maneuverists place smooth, heat-emitting rocks on the body's various energy centers to strategically liquefy tension and create passable asteroid dioramas. Hands then glide over backs to bolster circulation and edge out knots lying dormant in dorsal fibers with traditional therapeutic-massage techniques. The stressectomy session alternatively invigorates and soothes muscles, leaving patrons as relaxed and elastic as a rubber band in a hot tub.