Like Hawaii, relaxation can be a challenging state to reach. Ensnare elusive serenity with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a 30-minute full-body massage at HealthSource in Aiken, South Carolina (a $35 value).
Dr. Andrew Hopkins, named Chiropractic Neurologist of the Year in 2003, and his staff of certified massage therapists chase knots from earthly temples with a 30-minute full-body massage. To kick things off, Dr. Hopkins helms an introductory consultation with each client to determine his or her problem areas and danger zones, ensuring that massages are devoid of pain-induced yelps or spasmodic break dances. Afterward, a seasoned staffer ensconces customers within a private room sporting the sounds of music or silence, depending on customer preference. Then the glissading strokes of the Swedish massage traverse the body’s surface, gelatinizing muscles into the consistency of marshmallows for deeper relaxation and greater buoyancy in hot chocolate.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Tomshack opened the first HealthSource office in 2006 and has watched his business take flight. Named No. 1 New Franchise by Entrepreneur in 2011 and profiled in Inc., HealthSource has grown to more than 400 offices nationwide. The expansion is due in part to progressive-treatment protocols and business systems and in part to the experience Dr. Tomshack gained while in the US Air Force and the MBA program at the University of Toledo, and at Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he graduated summa cum laude. At each of his offices, a team of chiropractors, licensed massage therapists, and trainers helps to alleviate ailments such as disk degeneration and fibromyalgia. The team can also tailor treatments to alleviate pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, or arthritis, and its progressive-rehab program works with body areas that are known to cause trouble, such as weak lower backs and rebellious pinky toes.
37 Varden Dr.
Aiken, South Carolina 29803