60- or 90-Minute Esalen and Hot-Stone Massage at Intuitive Massage Therapy by Vanessa (Up to 54% Off)

Central Santa Cruz

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In a Nutshell

Intuitive, holistically minded therapist eases tension and boosts circulation with flowing strokes; optional deep tissue melts buried knots

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Appointment required, 24 hour advance notice required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Must cancel appointment within 24 hours of session Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

  • $32 for a 60-minute Esalen massage ($65 value)
  • $39 for a 90-minute Esalen massage ($85 value)
  • $39 for a 60-minute hot-stone massage ($80 value)
  • $47 for a 90-minute hot-stone massage ($100 value)

Effleurage: The Foundation of Relaxation

Esalen massage relies largely on a technique known as effleurage. Learn how it zaps stress with Groupon’s peek at this basic stroke.

Effleurage is the glue that holds a Esalen massage together. Its smooth, gliding strokes may not deliver much pressure—the word itself is taken from a French verb that means “to touch lightly”—but the technique simultaneously soothes the nerves, boosts circulation, and allows the massage therapist to identify problem zones that need extra attention. Because effleurage doubles as an assessment tool, many therapists begin each massage with it, usually by gliding their open palms lightly across the body to feel for tense spots and potholes while acclimating the client to their touch. This form of effleurage is known as “superficial,” and it serves a soothing prelude, epilogue, and transitional movement between deeper, more focused kneading.

A slightly more forceful style of effleurage is known as “deep effleurage.” This form still uses gliding strokes, only with more pressure, as the therapist aims to stretch out the muscle tissue and the web of connective tissue that covers it. Therapists will generally direct the first part of their deep-effleurage stroke towards the heart, finishing with a lighter return stroke away from it. Not only does this warm up tissues for deeper muscle work, but it can also speed up the movement of blood and lymph fluid. This boost in circulation can help drain fluid from injured areas, reducing painful pressure while also releasing endorphins that further relax the entire body.

Customer Reviews

One of the best massages I've ever had! Vanessa was kind, caring and seemed to know exactly what muscles needed to release and how to get them do so without causing a lot of discomfort. The location was warm and inviting as well.
Beth N. · March 5, 2015
Amazing massage
Melanie · February 26, 2015
Vanessa gives a massage that is both deliciously relaxing and powerfully tension relieving.
Marilyn V. · February 6, 2015
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So sweet! Great words! Feel free and post this in my Yelp page for $10 off! I feel so grateful!!!!!
Merchant replied · February 6, 2015

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