Careful manipulation of the body's pressure points can result in soothed muscles, relaxed backs, and thank-you notes from the spine. Tell muscles "You're welcome" with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a 75-minute Dragon reflexology massage package at Himalaya Sen in North Hollywood (a $60 value).
The certified therapists at Himalaya Sen master reflexology and acupressure techniques to fend off stress and tension during 75-minute Dragon massage packages. Reflexology follows a traditional Chinese therapy centered around the manipulation of areas on the feet that correspond with stressed muscles and organs throughout the body. Clients first settle into reclining massage chairs and soak their feet in a warm bath infused with Chinese salts and herbs as practitioners massage their arms, neck, and head for 20 minutes. Once paws finish sweating out pollutants to the salted solution, deft fingers compress the back and feet with warm towels and lavish reflexology points for 20 minutes with a therapeutic lotion that smells like winterfresh, spearmint, and new sneakers. A final 35-minute acupressure massage covering the entire back, neck, legs, and butt soothes aches and activates specific points of the back that stimulate natural healing abilities. A soundtrack of peaceful music scores every visit and a panoramic mural of bamboo decorates the spa with the most popular wallpaper for baby panda bedrooms.
Under the guise of a simple strip-mall merchant, Himalaya Sen lures stressed bodies into a bamboo-hued oasis of tranquility. Once inside, visitors melt into cream-colored lounge chairs as their feet are dipped into warm baths infused with Chinese botanicals, which help spur detoxification. The therapists specialize in reflexology—an ancient practice believed to heal many areas of the body through careful pressure applied to the feet—but don't skimp on other muscles. Hands, arms, shoulders, scalps, and faces all bask in therapeutic strokes as feet soak in preparation for their treatment, and a private, soundless room provides a serene backdrop for acupressure back massages and stress-relieving games of charades.