When preparing for hot-stone massages, therapists pick out the smoothest river stones for placement on tense muscles and the most misshapen ones for throwing off the bridge later. Keep your aura in working order with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 50-minute Swedish massage with hot stones and aromatherapy at Massage MG in Davie (a $100 value).
At Massage MG, licensed therapist Monica Gonda calls upon more than 14 years of experience in eight different types of massage therapy to combat soreness during relaxing 50-minute spa getaways. Restful retreats began as the long, smooth strokes of a Swedish massage banish backaches, fight tension, and prevent bodies from prematurely fossilizing. While aromatherapy scents tickle nostrils, Monica places heated crystal stones on targeted acupressure points along the back and shoulder. Heat flows through the smooth crystals, melting away knots and ridding bodies of stress caused by long work hours or sleepless nights wondering how many jellybeans are in a jellybean jar. Each session uses a personalized prescription of stones, which are said to correspond to certain holistic healing benefits, such as stimulating the open chakras of the heart. Each session also comes with complimentary chocolate and organic tea.
A deep love of her work has kept licensed therapist Monica Gonda practicing bodywork for more than 14 years, and it is this positive energy that emanates from her fingertips during each session. In her repertoire of seven massage modalities, lomi lomi—loving hands in Hawaiian—stands out for its use of the forearms to send waves of relaxation into deep layers of muscle without attracting beach bums. Monica also practices a lymphatic-drainage technique that notably reduces swelling caused by fluid buildup in connective tissue. The most unique therapy is the crystal massages. A blend of body and energy work, warm semiprecious stones bathe acupressure points in soothing heat and redirect energy flows to achieve mental clarity or emotional well-being.
Monica awakens senses with organic tea and chocolates and can expand olfactory pleasure with her nuanced understanding of how geranium, lemongrass, and clare sage influence mood through sensory and monetary payoffs. Monica extends the reach of her goodwill by donating 5% of her profits to cancer research, an issue close to her heart because she practices oncology massage for lung-cancer patients.