It takes about 15 muscles to smile, 50 to frown, and 148 to save a curbside couch from life in a landfill. Soothe sympathetic sinews with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a 90-minute massage (a $119.99 value) with hot-stone therapy (a $40 value), a foot scrub (a $24 value), and aromatherapy (a $12 value) at Massage Heights (a $195.99 total value) in Thousand Oaks.
A visit to Massage Heights is a vacation from the workaday worries of overbearing supervisors and unhelpful Pilates partners. During the 90-minute hot-stone massage, a skilled therapist strategically places smooth, toasty earth globules on areas of the back, warming muscles, encouraging circulation, and coaxing tension out from under its desk to frolic outside during your body's relaxing recess. While the heated stones work their wonders, aromatherapy massages nasal passages with special oils that transform the dull, boring atmosphere into a cloud of inhalable bliss. At the other end of your body, a natural sugar scrub exfoliates shoe-fillers before a final splash of peppermint oil delivers a cool sensation and candy-cane smell, making toes feel as if they’re being suckled by Christmas elves.