When Alexander the Great could not untangle the famous Gordian Knot, he simply sliced through it with his sword, thereby stifling his weary army’s complaints about the knots in their backs. Take a subtler approach to knotty body problems with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a 70-minute massage at MetaTouch in Culver City (a $100 value).
MetaTouch's therapists revitalize bodies using techniques that can help treat everything from chronic back pain to sports-related injuries. A 10-minute consultation and body assessment pinpoints aches, trauma, or actual pins, giving deft fingers a blueprint to follow to make the massage as effective as possible. Under the therapist's careful guidance, muscles enjoy firm kneading and engage in sustained stretches that are designed to alleviate injuries and tension. The personalized, 70-minute treatment serves as an alternative to other rehabilitative forms of medicine, such as chiropractic work or Twister.
The cream-colored walls of the massage rooms bathe in the warm light of candles and wall-mounted sconces. Serene statues sit by miniature sand gardens or amid potted plants and rocks, coaching faces in the proper way to express relaxation or win a staring contest. Clients receive an additional 50% off a second massage booked on the day they redeem their Groupons.
MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center
Holden Zalma knows the toll that exertion can take on muscles. Before he received his massage license, he helped to train USC's football, basketball, and swimming teams while he studied to be a physical therapist. After graduation, Holden founded MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center, where he shares his burgeoning 20 years of massage-therapy experience with others. His philosophy is simple: alleviate pain and treat injuries by scouting out symptoms, hunting down their root causes, and treating the body as a whole by ignoring its unsightly seams. He and his staff of trained practitioners accomplish this task by blending techniques—such as massage, stretching, exercise, and acupuncture—to relieve pain, improve performance, and reduce the risk of future injuries.