Massage techniques, first envisioned as slow palm-based attacks on unwary foes, were repurposed after they were found to delight and relax enemies of the state. Experience weaponized bliss with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a reflexology massage and detox from Matrix Spa & Massage, located across from Trolley Square (a $110 value).
Matrix Spa & Massage, whose founder was recognized by Salt Lake City Weekly in 2007 for her deep-tissue massage, eases discomfort with the stress-annihilating hands of its intuitive massage masters. Introduce your fractious innards to the concept of détente with a 30-minute reflexology massage, which some believe can relax and heal organs and the immune system by targeting reflex zones on the hands and feet. A 30-minute foot detox procedure soaks worn-out shoe-fillers in an ion-cleansing bath in an attempt to clear out toxins, but only you can truly solve your leg-paws' drinking problem. Feet and hands are encouraged to supply feedback to the massage therapist throughout the process.
Matrix Spa & Massage
At Matrix Spa & Massage, a relaxing escape doesn't have to end once you leave the massage table. Helmed by Julieta Hernandez, a former reporter who moved to the United States to learn English but soon discovered her calling for massage therapy, she founded Matrix Spa & Massage in 2001, and has since received many accolades, including from the staff of Salt Lake City Weekly for "Best Magic Fingers" as well as from the government of Salt Lake City for sustainable environmental practices. When clients step inside the walls, the spa is immediately set apart from others by its meditation cave. Here, technicolor sconces illuminate plush recliners within the soothing space. Sessions in the meditation cave can be booked with or without any other service, ensuring anyone can stop by to find a quiet space to read or shout "Echo!"
Though the meditation cave sets the spa apart, the massages have won its loyal client base, who range from professional athletes to federal judges. Available massages include classic Swedish and deep-tissue sessions along with more specialized modalities, such as the expertise massage—a mix of 10 different techniques, including acupressure and Thai massage—and the four-hands massage. And, in addition to its signature muscle-soothing services, the spa also offers a private steam room, facials, and body scrubs.