Inaccessible to the hands, back musculature often falls prey to freeloading "kick me" signs and hitchhiking parrots. Liberate a beleaguered back with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a 45-minute massage and sugar scrub (an $85 value) at Just Relax Therapeutic Body Work.
Drawing on her 18 years of bodywork experience, Marie Gillit adapts each massage session to accommodate the client's unique needs. Varying the amount of pressure to ensure comfort and relaxation, the Swedish massage (a $55 value) and its long, self-assured strokes stimulate skin and nerves to reduce stress and pacify cranky muscles. Alternatively, the deep massage (a $55 value), recommended for chronic pain sufferers, penetrates into layers of muscle and connective tissue, relieving fatigue and evicting squatting toxins from their cramped muscular apartments. The deep massage also incorporates stretching and bodywork techniques to further relieve tension and improve range of motion.
As an add-on to the 45-minute massage, the exfoliating salt or sugar scrubs (a $30 value), unlike bitter scrubs made from coffee grounds and broken dreams, harness a refreshing formula of jojoba, olive, and safflower oils to remove impurities, wipe away dead skin cells, and restore a healthy glow to the skin. A sweeter alternative to the traditional salt scrub, the sugar scrub's smaller granules cater to all skin types and rinses off easily and quickly enough to prevent the unrequited amorous advances of bees attracted to healthy, radiant skin.