Like excessive empathy for a shar-pei puppy, habitual stress can cause faces to sag. Prop up your smile maker with today’s Groupon: for $139, you get a six-hour Everyday People spa retreat for two at Open Hands Massage Care (a $318 value). The spa retreat includes the following for each person:
- One 60-minute massage
- A spa facial massage
- A paraffin foot treatment
Open Hands Massage Care coddles guests during a six-hour spa retreat overseen by Olivia Foster, a licensed massage therapist who has been practicing since 1995. Foster soothes backs with long, gentle strokes during a 60-minute massage, easing away the stress that lingers in spinal cords. During a spa facial massage, aromatic products buff and clean skinscapes, brightening faces and unknotting clenched jaws. Toes then take a dip in baths of warm paraffin wax. Like a pair of steel slippers, the paraffin wax completely envelops feet and leaves them sleek and smooth.
Inside the center, wood trim and billowy curtains deck a space that suggests the homey charm of a bed-and-breakfast. Peace-seekers can linger within a personal room used for naps, reading, or practicing telepathy, or they can contemplate swaying trees and gentle breezes on the open porch before dining on a delicious lunch to sustain their mellowness.
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