Overstressed muscles can give up and refuse to move at all, leaving one vulnerable to being used as a human domino or a Power Wheels crash-test dummy. Enjoy the agency afforded by loose muscles with today's Groupon: for $27, you get a one-hour Swedish or deep-tissue massage at Massage Simple in Northridge (up to a $55 value).
Massage Simple's staff of experienced stress slayers does away with muscle-bound tension in a variety of relaxing massages. Clients begin their visit with a brief consultation with the therapist, discussing what areas to focus on. Swedish massagees lie back as five different strokes knead away achiness and improve circulation, leaving bodies as loose as Abraham Lincoln's rubber-band collection. Stubborn muscle pain meets its match with the deep-tissue massage, as the therapist administers slow strokes and direct pressure to penetrate deeply into muscle fibers to eliminate entrenched aches and lactic-acid puddles. Massages take place in the comfortable professional studio, with earth-toned walls and relaxation-inducing pictures.
Every client enjoys the same level of comfort at Massage Simple; the company ensures that each of its earth-toned private treatment rooms is completely handicapped accessible. Clients can relax on a plush massage table crowned with soft sheets as they receive a massage designed either to simply relax or to relieve pain from physical injury or emotional stress. The staff of attentive massage therapists is versed in modalities that range from relaxing Swedish to therapeutic deep-tissue massage. Specialty massage types include hot-stone therapy for muscle tension and prenatal massage to alleviate the discomforts of pregnancy, such as carrying around dozens of extra pounds in baby-name-book weight.