Bodies that are properly cared for perform better, which explains why most Olympic records are held by reanimated mummies. Go for the pharaoh’s gold with today’s Groupon to Open Hands Massage Care. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a four-hour Caregivers’ retreat (a $99 value), which includes the following:
- Herbal foot soak
- 60-minute massage
- Hydrating paraffin hand treatment
- For $149, you get an all-day Esther retreat (a $299 value), which includes the following:
- Whirlpool leg and foot massage
- Scalp, neck, and shoulder massage
- Hydrating back treatment
- Aromatherapy-massage body wrap
- Warm- and cool-stone facial massage
- Meditation session<p>
The staff at Open Hands Massage Care shepherds clients through relaxing spa retreats that take place in the spa’s bed-and-breakfast-like atmosphere. During the Caregivers’ retreat, a 30-minute foot soak and massage chase off tension as therapeutic herbs listen to muscles confess their stresses and divulge their spinach hiding places. A 30-minute hydrating paraffin dip seals moisture into hands with soothing heat, preparing clients for a 50-minute therapeutic massage performed by a certified massage therapist. The flowing effleurage strokes of the massage banish muscle soreness and increase circulation in order to make each client feel as healthy as a horse that does yoga.
A private treatment room hosts the Esther day retreat, which commences with a 50-minute foot reflexology massage that occurs while toes bathe in a warm whirlpool bath. Scalp, neck, and shoulder massage then preps bodies for a hydrating back treatment to encourage rosy complexions. Clients break to lunch on options that include vegan-friendly fare as well as fresh juice and fruit. Resuming the pampering, technicians dry brush skin to exfoliate away dead skin cells and confused bromeliads before sweeping an essential-oil-infused pouch of herbs over skin. Clients curl up in the wrap for 20 minutes, allowing pores to open so they can welcome in the nourishing herbal blend and store spare chapstick tubes. The warm- and cold-stone facial stimulates circulation for a rosy glow, and a meditation session with guided breathing techniques closes the daylong escape.
Open Hands Massage Care
Inside Olivia Foster’s massage studio, potted plants and oak cabinets envelop guests in a sense of peace—a far cry from the hectic world outside the door’s billowing white curtain. A 1995 graduate of the Richmond Academy of Massage, Foster went into business for herself soon afterward, relieving herself of the stress of punching a time clock until it worked it again. In her own website’s words, she’d rather “care for people without the rush and fuss” of less intimate massage studios, and today she focuses on her clients’ needs while staying attuned to their physical, emotional, and spiritual states. A variety of bodywork and massage treatments impart relaxation while soothing stress and muscle pain, and full-day retreats combine several services for hours of pampering extending through the stressful 8,000,000-decibel sirens that blare every afternoon.
211 Ruthers Rd.
Richmond, Virginia 23225