Unlike waiting in a dentist's office or defusing bombs at the symphony, getting a massage becomes more enjoyable with the addition of soothing music. Rhythmically relieve stresses with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a one-hour Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, sports, or pregnancy massage at Healing Circle (an $80 value).
With a resumé that reads like a place for three-letter words to gather and socialize, Healing Circle's Kathy L. Gruver, PhD, LMT, NHC harnesses 20 years of experience silencing aches, pains, and stresses. During a deep-tissue massage, clients lie on a heated table and stare into an abyss inspired by relaxing music and therapeutic aromas, as their tension dissolves like a sugar cube in a coffee factory. After a brief consultation about problem spots and goals, medically trained hands delve into the seeds of soreness and pry them out with a trigger-point or sports massage. Clients can also succumb to the strokes of a Swedish massage, or expecting mothers can lighten their load with a pregnancy massage, which eases aches and eliminates the need for intravenous nursery rhymes.
Dr. Kathy L. Gruver, who has received press accolades and whose work has been published in magazines and journals, blends medicinal and holistic approaches to healing into a well-informed de-stressing process. An encyclopedia of natural health and healing, she is certified to de-wrangle stress and pain resulting from everyday existential tasks such as wrestling French philosophers.